1. Feeling sad or down most of the time:
This could include feeling persistently unhappy, having low energy, or feeling like life isn't worth living.
2. Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed:
This could manifest as losing interest in things that used to bring you joy, feeling like you can't enjoy anything, or not being able to focus on tasks.
3. Experiencing a sense of emptiness or numbness:
This might feel like a persistent sense of emptiness inside, being emotionally numb, or not feeling connected to others.
4. Feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless:
These feelings could be constant or come and go. They might make you feel like you can't do anything right or that you're a bad person.
5. Difficulty concentrating, remembering things, or making decisions:
This could be due to feeling overwhelmed, confused, and stressed out. It might also be difficult to focus on anything for an extended period of time.
6. Thoughts of suicide or death:
These thoughts could be fleeting or more constant and pervasive. It's important to get help if they're causing distress and impacting your life negatively.
7. Intense feelings of anger, irritability, or rage:
These feelings could be directed towards others or yourself and might be accompanied by physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach problems.
8. Persistent physical symptoms that don’t have an obvious medical cause (e.g., headaches, stomach problems, fatigue):
It's important to rule out any underlying medical conditions before assuming that these symptoms are related to mental health issues. If it's difficult to find a clear explanation for the physical symptoms you're experiencing, it might be worth considering whether they're related to your mental health state.
9. Changes in eating habits (eating too much or too little):
Eating habits can change as a result of changes in moods and emotions. Extreme hunger or lack of appetite could both be signs that something is wrong mentally."
10. Increased use of alcohol or drugs:
This could be a way of self-medicating in order to cope with difficult emotions and feelings. It's important to get help if substance use is impacting your life negatively.