What is poor emotional health?

What is poor emotional health?

Life can be great, but it also presents challenges for all of us.  How well we cope with these challenges can depend our our overall emotional health status at any given time, which can determine our ability to cope.  You may be asking yourself:

‘What’s wrong with me?’

‘I don’t understand why I’m feeling like this?’

‘I feel detached’

‘I don’t think I am normal’

‘Am I going mad?’

There are many mental health illness and we’ve listed  some of the most common ones, with symptoms that you may identify with.  Always contact your GP if you are concerned about your emotional health

Anxiety

ANXIETY

Depression

DEPRESSION

PTSD

PTSD

BPD

BPD

Stress

STRESS

SAD

SAD

Most people have times when they are anxious. For example when you start a new job or you have to do something outside your comfort zone. But if anxiety starts to take over your life, it can be a huge problem and very upsetting. Here’s some of the symptoms. Not everyone will have every symptom.  Some may have different symptoms.  For further information, look at the NHS website.

  • Constant worrying
  • Unable to rest and sleep properly
  • Sweating
  • Trembling/shaking
  • Hearing your heart pounding so hard it could jump out of your chest
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Not being able to concentrate
  • Being unable to control your worry.
  • You feel on edge and irritable
  • Seeking constant reassurance on the same point
  • Causing arguments or finding reasons to avoid doing something that is making you feel anxious
  • Feeling as if everyone is watching you

You should always speak to your GP when you are aware of any changes to your emotional wellbeing.

If you want to talk to one of our support volunteers, call 0300 1020 505 between 4pm and midnight 7 days a week.  Alternatively email us at support@sossilenceofsuicide.org (operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am until midday only)

Symptoms of depression vary from person to person. Depression can last for shorter as well as long periods of time. Not everyone will have every symptom and some may have different symptoms.  Some of the more common symptoms are:

  • Feelings of guilt
  • Low esteem and loss of confidence
  • You don’t want to get up in the morning or go to bed at night.
  • Being irritable and unable to motivate yourself.
  • Feeling low, or sad
  • Having thoughts of self harm and/or suicide
  • You could also suffer weight loss or gain
  • Not being interested in anything, including things that you used to enjoy.
  • Loss of appetite
  • General feeling of apathy and not wanting to do anything
  • Isolating yourself from family and friends
  • Believing that no one will understand how you are feeling
  • Crying but you don’t know why
  • Not being able to figure out why you feel like you do

You can do a depression self assessment via the NHS website.

You should always speak to your GP when you are aware of any changes to your emotional wellbeing.

If you want to talk to one of our support volunteers, call 0300 1020 505 between 4pm and midnight 7 days a week.  Alternatively email us at support@sossilenceofsuicide.org (operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am until midday only)

PTSD can be a devastating repercussion resulting from any type of Trauma.

Symptoms can take years to develop, or they can develop approximately a month after your trauma.

  • Remembering or re-living a trauma through ‘flashbacks’ can include nightmares, sweating and trembling.
  • Guilt that you didn’t do enough to stop the event happening or guilt if you survived something but someone else did not
  • Feeling on edge, upset and angry
  • Irritability and not being able to concentrate
  • Anger
  • Some PTSD sufferers also have other problems such as depression & anxiety.
  • Sufferers may engage in self destructive behaviour, for example, taking illegal drugs, abusing prescribed medication, drinking too much, getting themselves in trouble with the law.
  • The NHS has put together a useful help sheet for those with PTSD and how it might be treated.

You should always speak to your GP when you are aware of any changes to your emotional wellbeing.

If you want to talk to one of our support volunteers, call 0300 1020 505 between 4pm and midnight 7 days a week.  Alternatively email us at support@sossilenceofsuicide.org (operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am until midday only)

If someone suffers from bi-polar disorder (BPD), they can experience unpredictable mood swings, from manic ‘highs’ to very depressive ‘lows’ .

Some people diagnosed with BPD may also have other behavioural problems too.

It is difficult for the sufferer and those around them to live with due to its ever changing nature. Bi-polar attacks can last for a few months and symptoms may include:

  • Being dillusional
  • Expressing negative views about everything and feeling negative about everything
  • Losing interest in things, such as activities that used to be enjoyable.
  • Feeling irritable or sad
  • Not wishing to engage with others
  • Being snappy, giving short answers, or not responding at all when people talk to you
  • Your logical thinking becomes distorted
  • Loss of self confidence
  • Feeings of suicide
  • Extreme tiredness, especially after a manic episode
  • Getting easily irritated & having low tolerance and patience levels
  • Having great ideas but not following them through
  • Being delusional & having heightened sense of self importance
  • Finding reasons to complain about everything and to avoid doing things you don’t want to do at that particular time

You can learn more about BPD on the NHS website.

You should always speak to your GP when you are aware of any changes to your emotional wellbeing.

If you want to talk to one of our support volunteers, call 0300 1020 505 between 4pm and midnight 7 days a week.  Alternatively email us at support@sossilenceofsuicide.org (operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am until midday only)

Feeling stressed, or overwhelmed, can make it very difficult to focus on anything.  Even the smallest task can be deemed ‘too much’ if you’re suffering from stress.  You should always speak to your GP.

You may experience some of the following (this list is not exhaustive and you may experience other symptoms)

  • Feel that everything is coming on top of you at the same time from all directions
  • Feel like nothing positive is happening, that everything is negative
  • Be pre-occupied and unable to focus
  • Worry all the time and being unable to switch off
  • Get physical symptoms, such as feeling nauseous, get headaches or muscle aches
  • Become irritable and have mood swings that are unpredictable
  • Feel like being alone more and avoid socialising
  • Experience faster, shorter, breathing
  • Sleep more, or less or keep waking up in the night
  • Feel under severe pressure

Visit the NHS website for more about Stress

You should always speak to your GP when you are aware of any changes to your emotional wellbeing.

If you want to talk to one of our support volunteers, call 0300 1020 505 between 4pm and midnight 7 days a week.  Alternatively email us at support@sossilenceofsuicide.org (operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am until midday only)

SAD, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, usually causes depression during the winter months, when the days are shorter and we have less exposure to daylight and sunlight. SAD occurs with the changing of the seasons and you will be affected by it at roughly the same time every year.

You may have less interest in things you usually enjoy, may sleep more and have a generally lower mood. A drop in Serotonin caused by lack of sunlight, is thought to be a contributory factor in SAD.

Serotonin is a naturally produced mood stabiliser and if levels drop, this can create feelings of depression, anxiety and irritability. You may also eat more and gain weight.

You can learn more about SAD on the NHS website

You should always speak to your GP when you are aware of any changes to your emotional wellbeing.

If you want to talk to one of our support volunteers, call 0300 1020 505 between 4pm and midnight 7 days a week.  Alternatively email us at support@sossilenceofsuicide.org (operates Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am until midday only)