Behavioral Health Symptoms

Behavioral health illnesses may exhibit themselves in a variety of ways. Here are some common behavioral health symptoms and more information about them:

Psychosis

Psychosis refers to a loss of contact with reality.
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Grief

Grief is a normal, yet painful, reaction to a major loss. Grief may be caused by the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship or the diagnosis of an incurable illness, among many other experiences.
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Paranoia

Paranoia occurs in many behavioral health disorders and involves constant feelings of persecution and an increased sense of self-importance.
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Anxiety and Phobias

Anxiety is a normal part of life that helps us deal with stress and focus on projects. But sometimes, anxiety becomes overbearing and turns into a disabling disorder or phobia.
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Sadness and Hopelessness

We all feel down in the dumps from time to time, but sometimes, feelings of sadness and hopelessness persist for long periods of time and may interfere with your ability to live life normally.
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Severe Mood Swings

When mood swings become extreme and irrational, or interfere with everyday life, it may signal a larger behavioral health disorder.
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Irritability

Irritability may manifest itself differently in each individual affected by it, but is commonly associated with emotions such as impatience, annoyance, anger and frustration.
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Anger

Anger is an emotion that encompasses negative feelings such as hurt, frustration, annoyance or disappointment. Anger is a commonly- and normally-occurring emotion in all individuals that can be beneficial when expressed and managed correctly.
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Insomnia or Oversleeping

Insomnia refers to an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep and can either be a symptom of a behavioral illness or an independently occurring disorder.
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Loss or Increase of Appetite

Changes in appetite, whether an increase or decrease, are commonly linked to behavioral disorders such as anxiety and depression.
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Crying Spells

Crying uncontrollably for no apparent reason may be the sign of a behavioral health issue.
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Alcohol or Drug Use

The use of alcohol or drugs may not pose a significant problem if the use is controlled and moderate in frequency. However, use of drugs and excessive use or abuse of alcohol can be an independently occurring mental health disorder or a co-occurring disorder related to a number of other behavioral health issues.
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Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts are commonly a symptom of a larger behavioral health disorder. A person experiencing suicidal thoughts actively engages in thinking about mortality and mentally visualizes death and dying as it currently relates to them.
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