Mental illness in the United States is surprisingly common. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an estimated 43.8 million people experience mental illness a year. That's 18.5 percent, or (to be more precise) one in five people. Even more alarming, most of these illnesses aren't immediately visible. While people may experience a lot of stereotypical symptoms, there are however, some other warning signs that are not as apparent.
1. Depressed people use the first person more frequentlymore likely to use first person pronouns such as I, me and myself instead of the second and third person like he, she and them. Scientists theorize that this is because depressed people are more likely to focus inwards than outwards. Oh, and they use negative adjectives and adverbs like “hurt", “lonely" or “miserable" a lot.
2. Depressed people are more likely to use black and white filters on social mediachoose black and white filters. They were also less likely to post pictures of their faces.
3. Depressed people are more likely to be tiredspend a lot of time in bed, and when they do sleep, they wake up tired, and no wonder. Many depressed people suffer from rumination, or cycling thoughts, so imagine having to constantly fight a mental battle that doesn't allow you to sleep properly.
4. You don't feel anything
Bipolar disordercharacterized by unusual shifts in "mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks." There are four types of bipolar disorder, but they're all characterized by those visible changes in mood, etc.
1. Bipolar people can experience psychotic breaksNew Life Outlook,
A psychotic break can often involve delusions or false beliefs that a person believes to be true despite lack of evidence, or evidence to the contrary. These might include the belief that one is a god, is impoverished, is being controlled by other people or forces, that one’s thoughts are being read by an outside force, or even that one’s spouse or partner is having an affair — that one is particularly painful; I’ve suffered from it on several occasions.
2. You don't have to have super high highs
3. You might become hypersexual
4. You're suddenly buying out stores
SchizophreniaAccording to the National Institute of Mental Health,
Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling.