ADULTS & SENIORS
Adulthood presents many unique stresses and challenges that can trigger a mental health disorder. Sometimes, a disorder has been present for many years but was manageable until a particularly difficult event later in life.
Signs that indicate a mental health emergency are in red.
These signs mean that an individual is at high risk of harming him/herself or others.
They should be considered especially serious if they are new, worsening, or related to a painful event, loss, or change.
- Inability to take care of necessary business at home – paying bills on-time, caring for children, maintaining household – if prolonged, this may be an emergency
- Drinking or substance use that causes health issues or problems at work, school, or home
- Inability to get to work regularly or on time
- Being bullied at work
- Bullying others
- Repeatedly losing jobs
- Lying about being employed
- Irresponsibly starting or joining risky business or financial deals
- Lying about finances
- Unable to care for or form attachment to a newborn, excessive irritability or fatigue after childbirth, social withdrawal after childbirth, signs of PSYCHOSIS after childbirth
- Inability to provide appropriate care to children
- Seeking attention by making oneself ill and requiring repeated medical intervention
- Seeking attention by making a child ill and requiring repeated medical intervention
- Subscribing to extremist, hate-based, or conspiracy theories
- For women from their mid-30s to mid-50s who may be in perimenopause
- Extreme anxiety
- Crying spells
- Sleep disturbances
- Fear about the many physical symptoms and personality changes some women experience
- Feeling “crazy” and/or out-of-control
- Feeling misunderstood and unsupported
- Extreme frustration over inability to get successful medical treatment
- Feeling isolated and unsupported by friends, family, and doctors who dismiss or belittle distress
- Change in sex drive