Get Informed.

Education can save lives.  It can also reduce the stigma associated with mental health.  If you have a question about a mental illness, symptom or just need to get informed….this is a great place to start.

Stats

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death of children 10 and older.

1 out of every 5 people in the US have a mental health disorder

Mental illness does not effect IQ

Mental illness is TREATABLE

The average time between symptoms and intervention is 10 years

Depression Signs & Symptoms

dddLack of motivation

Change in sleeping pattern

Change in Appetite

Lack of energy

Feelings of being overwhelmed

Sadness

Feelings of emptiness

Not able to feel joy for an extended time

Trouble concentrating

Thoughts of suicide

 

Please note that the above list shows signs and symptoms most commonly seen in depression. There are many forms of depression.  Symptoms can vary. Please seek professional support if you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of any kind that hinder daily life (work, school, home, relationships, self care or general happiness).

 

 

 

 

Anxiety Signs & Symptoms

Consistent worry

Sleeplessness

Feelings of being overwhelmed

Palpitations

Dizziness

Fear of death

Feelings of detachment

Restlessness

Tiredness

Not being able to concentrate

Somatic symptomolgy (headaches, neusea, muscle aches)

 

Please note that the above list shows signs and symptoms of those most commonly seen in anxiety.  There are many forms of anxiety. Symptoms can vary. Please seek professional support if you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of any kind that hinder daily life (work, school, home, relationships, self care or general happiness).

 

 

 

 

Addiction Signs & Symptoms

remors

Stealing and financial hardship

Bloodshot eyes

Change in personality, behavior, friends, activities

Attendence issues with work school and sleep

Decrease in personal hygiene

Excitibility or mania

Extreme sleeping habits (not sleeping at all or sleeping for long periods of time)

Manipulation 

Finding drug paraphernalia in room, backpack, car, e.g.)

 

Please note that the above list shows signs and symptoms most commonly seen for a range of substances .  Symptoms can vary. Please seek professional support if you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of any kind that hinder daily life (work,health, school, home, relationships, self care or general happiness).

 

 

 

Eating Disorder Signs & Symptoms

Change in Weight

Preoccupation with food or exercise

Taking laxatives

Vomiting food

Using items to mask breath (mints/mouthwash)

Not eating meals in front of others

Preoccupation with self image

 

Please note that the above list shows signs and symptoms most commonly seen in Eating Disorders. There are many forms of eating disorders.  Symptoms can vary. Please seek professional support if you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of any kind that hinder daily life (work, school, home, relationships, self care or general happiness).

 

Bipolar Disorder Signs & Symptoms

 

Trouble sleeping

Mood changes that are drastic and last days, months or weeks

Symptoms of Depression

Angry Outbursts

Unusual Amounts of Energy

Feelings of Euphoria

Rapid Speech

Nervous behaviors such as pulling hair, biting nails and pacing

Racing Thoughts

Decreased energy levels

Thoughts of suicide

 

 

 Please note that the above list shows signs and symptoms most commonly seen in Eating Disorders. There are many forms of Eating Disorders.  Symptoms can vary. Please seek professional support if you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of any kind that hinder daily life (work, school, home, relationships, self care or general happiness).

Suicide Warning Signs

Threatenting to hurt themself

Talking about wanting to die

Having a plan

Having a plan and having the resources necessary to follow out the plan

Posting on social media about death

Signs of rage and revenge

Talking about feeling trapped

Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness

Withdrawing from friends or family

Drastic change of mood (someone that may be depressed for a length of time may  now show signs of extreme happiness)

Giving away posessions or giving meaningful gifts

Using alchohol or drugs

If you see these signs,

1. Ask if the person if they are thinking of killing themselves

2. Ask them if they have a plan

3.  Call 911 or any of the following resources

Free, 24-7, confidential
Text “Start” to 741-741

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

1-800-622-HELP (4357)
English and Spanish
samhsa.gov/treatment

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Suicidepreventionlifeline.org

New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline
856-NJHOPELINE
856-654-6753
Njhopeline.com

2ndfloor Youth Helpline

888-222-2228
2ndfloor.org

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