Mental Illness

Mental Illness includes depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorder, addiction behaviors. This affects your mood, thinking and behaviors.

A mental illness can make your life miserable and can cause severe problems if not handled with proper care.

Here are few symptoms and signs of mental illness-

  1. Feeling sad
  2. Excessive fear or worries or guilty
  3. Confused or reduced ability to concentrate
  4. Extreme mood swings
  5. Withdrawal from social life
  6. Tiredness, low energy, sleeping problems
  7. Delusions/paranoia
  8. Excessive stress
  9. Addictive/alcohols or drugs
  10. Change in sex life
  11. Excessive anger, hostility or violence
  12. Suicidal thoughts


It is caused due to various genetic and environmental factors like-

  1. Inheritance

It may affect you from your blood relatives


  1. Environmental Exposures before birth

Stress, inflammatory conditions, toxins, alcohol or drugs intake may cause mental problems.


  1. Brain Chemistry

When the neural networks are impaired and the nerves do not function as receptors leading to emotional disorders; you may face the problem of mental illness.


If you are suffering from these diseases; do follow these steps-


  1. Pay attention to the doctor’s or therapists warnings.
  2. Get routine medical care
  3. Seek help whenever needed
  4. Take good care of your body.


Shikha Aakash

Shikha is an decorated Software Engineer with 5+ years of experience in the tech industry. She is also a part-time IAS aspirant trying fighting to fulfill her dreams. Her preparation efforts make her a keen observer and a clear thinker. She uses her columns usually to express her opinions about her observations of the world and raises important questions.

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