Warning Signs of Mental Health Conditions*

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Excessive fear, anxiety, or worry

Feelings of depression or extreme sadness

Confusion, issues learning, and/or difficulty concentrating

Extreme changes in mood

Intense or prolonged anger or irritability

Avoidance of friends, loved ones, and social activities

Changes in sleeping or eating habits


Delusions or hallucinations

Overuse of substances (e.g., alcohol or drugs)

Physical issues without an obvious cause (e.g., unexplained headaches or stomach aches)

Suicidal thoughts

Unable to carry out daily activities or cope with problems and stress

* National Alliance on Mental Health and Illness. Warning signs and symptoms. NAMI. 2023. https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms

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