Signs of a Mental Health Crisis

Symptoms Often Indicative of a Mental Health Condition


While there are numerous mental health conditions with varying signs and symptoms there are some common threads throughout them. If you suspect that you or a loved one are having a mental health crisis, it is important to seek help immediately. There are several treatment options for mental health conditions, but few people ever seek the help that they need.


According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), these are common signs of mental health conditions:


  • Anti-social behavior
  • Lack of appetite
  • Uncontrollable “highs”
  • Excessive worrying
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Irritability or anger
  • Confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Substance abuse
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue or chronic tiredness
  • Hallucinations

In addition to these symptoms, individuals with mental health issues or in crisis may be prone to extreme mood changes, feelings of excessive sadness, changes in sex drive and eating habits, changes in school performance, or frequent nightmares.

Affecting People of All Ages


Mental health concerns affect people of all ages, but many people struggle to acknowledge or identify their own condition. It is estimated that over 50 million adults in the United States experienced mental illness in 2020. It is believed that many mental health conditions were exacerbated or made worse by the pandemic because of financial uncertainties and instability, increased isolation, and fears of becoming ill. 

If you see someone who has mentioned feelings of extreme lows for two or more weeks, has severe, out-of-control behavior has significant changes in weight, or has mentioned plans to harm themselves, they may be experiencing a mental health crisis. It is important to get help early and continue treatment until released by a medical professional. Any signs and symptoms of a mental health condition should be taken seriously. Whether it is for yourself or someone you love, there are options for treatment.