You don't feel like yourself
Maybe you're crying more than usual. Or maybe everything your roommate does makes you want to scream at the top of your lungs. Whatever the emotion, if it doesn't feel like you, it could be a warning sign, Dr. Helen Odessky, Chicago-based clinical psychologist and author of Stop Anxiety from Stopping You, shared with me in an interview. "This may mean that you are struggling with depression or are having difficulty managing the stressors in your life," she said. "A therapist can help you talk through and figure out what you may need to do to manage the stress and depression."
But it's not all about emotions. Mikki Guerra, licensed clinical social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor in Chicago, told me that feeling physically off can sometimes be a sign of mental health concerns. She notes to look out for messages from your body that aren't readily explained, medically. "You are often feeling run down and tired, just can't shake that cold, chronic headaches or random body pain," she said. "And lets not forget about the sex-drive that went out the window."
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