Signs of Mental Health Illnesses

Mental health is an integral part of our overall well-being, and recognizing the signs and symptoms of conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD is the first step towards a brighter future for those affected. Whether you are personally navigating these challenges or seeking to better understand them for someone you care about, our goal is to provide a reliable and accessible source of information.

Understand that these are general signs, and only one of our mental health professionals can provide an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment like Ketamine-assisted Psychotherapy or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, call our office today at (707) 800-7568 or email us at If you believe someone is suicidal or in need of immediate help, dial 988 immediately.

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  • Persistent Sadness: Feeling sad, hopeless, or experiencing a low mood for most of the day, nearly every day.
  • Loss of Interest: Losing interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyable.
  • Changes in Sleep Patterns: Insomnia or excessive sleeping.
  • Changes in Appetite: Significant weight loss or gain.
  • Fatigue: Feeling constantly tired and lacking energy.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
  • Feelings of Worthlessness or Guilt: A pervasive sense of inadequacy or guilt.
  • Physical Symptoms: Aches, pains, headaches, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause.
  • Social Withdrawal: Pulling away from friends, family, and social activities.
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  • Excessive Worry: Persistent and unrealistic worry about everyday events or activities.
  • Restlessness: Feeling on edge, unable to relax or sit still.
  • Fatigue: Easily becoming tired, even with little exertion.
  • Irritability: Being easily annoyed or agitated.
  • Muscle Tension: Physical symptoms like muscle tension or headaches.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or having restless sleep.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Finding it hard to focus on tasks.
  • acing Thoughts: Feeling like thoughts are racing and hard to control.
  • Panic Attacks: Sudden, intense feelings of fear or dread, often accompanied by physical symptoms like a racing heart, sweating, and shortness of breath.
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PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

  • Flashbacks: Reliving the traumatic event through intrusive memories or nightmares.
  • Avoidance: Avoiding places, people, or activities that remind one of the traumatic event.
  • Hyperarousal: Being easily startled, feeling tense, and having difficulty sleeping.
  • Negative Changes in Mood and Thoughts: Persistent negative emotions, guilt, shame, or feelings of detachment.
  • Intrusive Thoughts: Unwanted and distressing thoughts about the traumatic event.
  • Memory Impairment: Difficulty recalling key features of the traumatic event.
  • Negative Changes in Beliefs: A distorted sense of blame, negative beliefs about oneself or the world.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Trouble focusing on tasks or making decisions.
  • Irritability: Being easily angered or having outbursts of anger.

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OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

  • Intrusive and unwanted thoughts or images.
  • Fear of contamination or germs.
  • Fear of harming oneself or others.
  • Excessive concern with order, symmetry, or exactness.
  • Disturbing or aggressive thoughts that go against personal values.
  • Persistent doubts or uncertainty.
  • Excessive hand washing, cleaning, or other cleansing rituals.
  • Checking things repeatedly, such as locks, appliances, or switches.
  • Counting, repeating words, or performing other ritualistic behaviors.
  • Hoarding or collecting items with no apparent value.
  • Touching or arranging objects in a specific way.
  • Mental rituals, such as silently counting or repeating phrases.
  • Time-consuming behaviors that interfere with daily activities.
  • The person may recognize that the obsessions or compulsions are excessive but feel unable to control them.
  • Significant distress caused by the obsessions and compulsions.
  • Impact on social, occupational, or academic functioning.
  • Avoidance of situations that trigger obsessions or compulsions.
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  • Loss of Control: Inability to reduce or control substance use or engagement in the behavior.
  • Neglecting Responsibilities: Prioritizing substance use or the addictive behavior over work, school, or family obligations.
  • Preoccupation: Spending a significant amount of time thinking about, obtaining, or engaging in the addictive behavior.
  • Continued Use Despite Consequences: Persisting with substance use or the behavior even when it leads to physical, mental, or social problems.
  • Failed Attempts to Quit: Unsuccessful efforts to cut down or quit the substance or behavior.
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Experiencing physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop using the substance.
  • Tolerance: Needing increasing amounts of the substance or engaging in the behavior more frequently to achieve the desired effect.
  • Secrecy and Deception: Hiding the extent of substance use or engagement in the behavior from others.
  • Changes in Appearance: Unexplained weight loss or gain, changes in skin tone, bloodshot eyes, or a neglect of personal hygiene.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Disrupted sleep patterns, insomnia, or excessive sleep.
  • Health Issues: Physical health problems related to substance use or the addictive behavior.
  • Mood Swings: Rapid and unpredictable changes in mood.
  • Irritability and Agitation: Easily angered or agitated, especially when unable to engage in the addictive behavior.
  • Loss of Interest: Decreased interest in activities that were once enjoyable.
  • Dependence: Development of a psychological dependence, feeling that the substance or behavior is necessary to cope with stress or emotions.
  • Isolation: Withdrawing from friends, family, or social activities.
  • Relationship Issues: Strained relationships with friends, family, or colleagues due to the addictive behavior.
  • Financial Problems: Experiencing financial difficulties as a result of spending money on the substance or behavior.
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Chronic Pain

While chronic pain is distinct from a mental illness, it can significantly impact an individual's mental well-being in adverse ways.

  • Prolonged Pain: Pain that persists for an extended period, often beyond the expected time for healing.
  • Intensity Fluctuations: Fluctuations in the intensity of pain, which may vary from mild to severe.
  • Muscle Tension: Chronic pain can lead to increased muscle tension in the affected area.
  • Limited Range of Motion: Difficulty moving a joint or body part due to pain and stiffness.
  • Fatigue: Chronic pain can contribute to persistent fatigue and a feeling of low energy.
  • Depression: Chronic pain can be associated with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or depression.
  • Anxiety: Constant pain may contribute to heightened levels of anxiety.
  • Irritability: Chronic pain can lead to irritability and difficulty coping with stress.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Persistent pain may make it challenging to concentrate on tasks.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep due to pain.
  • Social Isolation: Avoidance of social activities and events due to pain or the fear of exacerbating pain.
  • Impact on Relationships: Strained relationships with friends and family due to the challenges associated with chronic pain.
  • Emotional Impact: Emotional distress and a sense of loss or frustration related to limitations caused by pain.
  • Weather Sensitivity: Some individuals with chronic pain report sensitivity to changes in weather conditions.
  • Medication Use: Increased reliance on pain medications to manage symptoms.
  • Seeking Medical Help: Frequent doctor visits and consultations seeking relief for persistent pain.
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