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BEWARE THE APPROACHING SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS

I’ve found that one of the advantages of having a mental illness that lasts a lifetime, is that you get good at sensing changes. A dip towards depression or a potential manic high can be felt and dealt with quickly, thanks to professional help and finely-tuned medication.

Now I appreciate not everyone is an old fart with bipolar 1, but a potential anxiety disorder or bout of depression can still be avoided in the same way.

If it’s your first time, you may not know where your health is taking you, but you’ll know it’s taking you somewhere. Perhaps you’re not sleeping well, or feeling constantly irritable, or worried for no apparent reason.

That’s the time to reach out to a GP who knows about mental health. Right then and there. Not two-months later, when you have fully blown depression or an anxiety disorder and a long road to recovery.

I promise you, mental illness is far better stopped than experienced.

David Westgate is a Speaker for the Black Dog Institute and Mental Health Ambassador for Assure Programs. dkwest@tpg.com.au  

 #signsandsymptoms #mentalhealth #assureprograms #blackdoginstitute

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