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Midlife Mental Health – Recognising the Warning Signs

October 10, 2016
Midlife Mental health recognising the warning signs

Midlife mental health is often affected by menopause but life in general can affect our mental state at any given time.  Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Australians, and according to SANE up to 45% of us will experience some form of mental illness during our lives. So how do we know if what we are feeling is normal or something more serious.  How are we alerted to family or friends who might be experiencing poor mental health?

Midlife Mental health - recognising the warning signs

Midlife Mental Health – Recognising the Warning Signs

Most of us or our family and friends experience more than one of the following.  For example, we all get anxious or worried at times.  However, if these feelings start to take over our lives then this could be a warning sign that you may be suffering from mental illness.

  • Feeling worried or anxious
  • Feeling unhappy or depressed for long periods of time
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Experiencing highs and lows
  • Difficulty controlling emotions
  • Becoming Withdrawn and not wanting to communicate
  • Changes in diet and eating patterns
  • Changes in general behaviour

What can you do?

If you or your friend or family member are showing signs of the above symptoms then you need to consult a professional.  Start with your local general practitioner who can make an initial assessment.

DO NOT FEEL ASHAMED TO ASK FOR HELP

If you have a friend or family member who you think is struggling – DON’T IGNORE IT – COMMUNICATE WITH THEM AND ASK HOW THEY ARE FEELING.

There is always support and ways to address the issue of mental illness.

For more information click on the link below:

https://www.sane.org/mental-health-and-illness/facts-and-guides

In the next post I look at how exercise helps our mental health.

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15 Comments

  • Reply Michelle Schurman October 10, 2016 at 14:10

    This is a very important topic Sue…good for you for helping to shine a light on mental illness, at all stages of life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 10, 2016 at 16:48

      Hi Michelle! Yes, it is important and I think we need to move passed the stigma associated with mental illness and encourage people to talk about their feelings and reach out to others for help. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day.

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski October 11, 2016 at 10:29

    Knowing these signs are so important. Depression runs in our family.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 12, 2016 at 14:09

      Sometimes it is hard to accept that we are feeling depressed that is why others should be supportive if they see that perhaps their friend is headed down that path.

  • Reply Lisa Carpenter October 11, 2016 at 10:36

    Thank you so much for this. It’s often hard to see for yourself when feeling a little blue becomes full-blown depression. I sincerely appreciate your information on the signs — to apply to myself as well as a few loved ones around me I’ve been concerned about.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 12, 2016 at 14:09

      Oh I’m so pleased Lisa – you have made my day as my aim is to make people aware not just about their own mental health but also their family and friends. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  • Reply Carol Cassara October 11, 2016 at 10:39

    It’s been a while since I’ve needed to get a therapy tune up, but i used to routinely do it. I am a big fan of asking for help and getting it. I think it’s the best thing we can do for ourselves.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 12, 2016 at 14:10

      Unfortunately, Carol not everyone is as open as you and the thought of having therapy is still a taboo in some people’s mind. Education is important to know that therapy is just a way to talk it out with someone who isn’t directly involved in your life.

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski October 11, 2016 at 15:56

    Important information. I would add noticing a dependence on drugs or alcohol as well. That’s a sure sign someone has emotional issues they aren’t addressing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 12, 2016 at 14:11

      Yes Rebecca although I think that emotional issues is part of mental health and then people look to other substances to ease the pain they feel.

  • Reply Sizzling Towards 60 Focus on Midlife Mental Health - Sizzling Towards Sixty October 13, 2016 at 05:57

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  • Reply Silly Mummy October 14, 2016 at 05:52

    Good tips for the signs to look for. And, as you say, the important things is for people to get the support they need and not ignore the signs.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 14, 2016 at 06:27

      Sometimes we focus on the person with the mental health problem rather than also including those of us who are their friends or family. We need to be aware of the signs as well so we can reach out and support if we can.

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle October 15, 2016 at 18:55

    Thanks for writing and making it easier to talk about.

    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 21, 2016 at 06:44

      Thanks Kathleen and thanks for the opportunity to share at Blogger’s Pit Stop.

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