Unlike physical illnesses, mental health issues are harder to spot, and without a deliberate attempt to understand, they can go undetected. Anxiety is affecting over 284 million people worldwide. Do not be too surprised if you find out that one of your friends or family members is suffering from it too. In case you have confusion figuring it out, here are five subtle signs that a loved one is dealing with anxiety.
Irregular Sleep – They Always Look Exhausted
A disturbed sleeping pattern without any underlying cause can be a hint of anxiety. We are all privy to sleepless nights, every once in a while, but a chronic sleep irregularity is something you should look into. Over-production of adrenaline hormone is common among people who suffer from anxiety. This affects their sleep as their body is in a perpetual fight mode.
Low Attention Span – Difficulty to Remember Things
Actions like always running late, forgetting things, being unable to maintain a conversation, and mindlessly drifting off mid-conversation could be symptoms of anxiety. When someone has anxiety issues, they are likely to ruminate over negative thoughts, which lead to a decrease in the attention span and ability to focus on things.
Eating Disorders – Eating Too Much or Too Little
Anxiety can affect eating patterns to extreme levels. Many people lose their appetite and are unable to eat when they suffer from anxiety. In some instances, they could also experience anorexia, or they could also overeat to cope with the feeling of numbness. If you notice your friend eating too much or too little and or you notice an unusual weight loss or gain, then be sure to check on them for anxiety.
Maintaining a Distance – Avoiding Social Gatherings
People with mental health problems tend to isolate themselves, which can further aggravate their situation. If your loved one is skipping gatherings, avoiding calls, mostly at home spending time alone then do reach out to them.
Physical Health Problems
Anxiety can affect physical health as well. Panic attacks, which are common for people suffering from regular bouts of anxiety, can cause pain in the chest and breathlessness. It can also cause digestion problems and skin disorders as a result of prolonged stress.
What adds to the dilemma is that people suffering from mental health issues are less likely to speak up about it, making it harder to offer them help. But this mental health day, let’s try to take out some time to check up on our loved ones and look out for subtle signs that hint at a bigger problem.