11 habits that may symptomatic of an undiagnosed mental illness
Written by Eric Yunker, in Section Therapy Trends
Everyone has their own habits, quirks, and general way of doing things. These particular choices and actions are for better or worse, what people tend to focus on and use to characterize and define us as a person.
However, as Dr. Georgia Witkin, Progyny’s head of patient services developments told the online publication, Bustle, our habits and daily choices can imply much more than a generalized characterization of our personality. According to Dr. Witkin, certain habitual practices, especially those that tend to yield negative results in our day-to-day lives, can be symptomatic of certain kinds of mental illness.
According to Experts: Some Bad Habits May Be Indicative of Mental Unwellness
"A habit becomes a sign of mental illness once it hijacks your physical and/or mental well-being and interferes with your [life], For instance, constant worry [can lead you] to make life-altering changes, such as not leaving the house," which can impact your career, relationships, and hobbies.” - Dr. Georgia Witkin
As is the case with the behaviors of every individual, these potential symptoms can manifest in many different ways. But while the individuality may make diagnosing complicated, Dr. Witkin states that there are certain behavioral abnormalities, or “habits that seem out of character,” namely those that make life more difficult, a visit to a mental health care professional may be necessary.
Or as Susan Weinstein, co-executive director of Families for Depression Awareness recently told Bustle, if a person’s daily habits are negatively affecting their daily lives, seeking the help of a healthcare provider can drastically improve a person’s life. Namely, by helping said individual “identify and address underlying Issues,” of their abnormal or negative inclinations.
There is No Shame in Reaching out for Help!
While reaching out to a therapist may be a daunting task, especially when it relates to something as personal as a person’s day-to-day behaviors, it’s important to remember that the stigmatization of receiving help is not what it once was, and nevertheless, should not be the deciding factor in a person’s choice to receive mental health care.
Frankly, if a person comes to realize that their ‘quirks’ or ‘daily habits’ are getting in the way of living a healthy life, it would be hazardous not to seek treatment. That being said below is a list of habits that may indicate that it’s time to reach out for help.
- Wanting To Spend More Time Alone
Obviously, taking time for oneself is a perfectly normal and healthy respite from the daily grind that we all tend to fall victim to from time to time.
However, when spending time alone becomes isolating oneself from loved ones or participating in usual activities, Dr. Witkin says, “this type of isolation is indicative of mental illness.”
- Missing Work Or Appointments
While it is true that some of us are just flakey or generally lack punctuality, those who suddenly develop habits of showing up to work late, continuously calling in sick, or plainly blowing off responsibilities should immediately take notice.
Or as Reyenelda Jones, LMSW, CAADC, ADS, recently told Bustle, “Individuals [that] frequently disengage could be dealing with high anxiety, which often leads to avoidance, or possibly depression, which can lead to an inability to reach out."
To read (and gain illuminating insight into) the rest of the list of “ 11 habits that may be symptomatic of mental illness,” please refer to the link of Bustle’s original publication, below:
- Spending A Lot Of Money
- Feeling Irritated & Picking Fights
- Starting New Projects And/Or Businesses
- Developing New Mannerisms
- Misplacing Things
- Staying Up All Night
- Worrying About The Day Ahead
- Repeating Small Daily Rituals
- Needing A Drink After Work