Mental illness is not easy to deal with. Most people deny having the condition until it becomes worse. But it’s important that you don’t allow such a condition to become worse.
So, if you have someone who has a mental illness; give them all the love, care, and attention you can give.
Most times, as the illness worsens, people with mental illness hurt themselves or others. That’s why you have to seek medical attention to treat it as soon as possible.
Now back to the question.
What do you get when you cross a mentally ill loner?
When you come across a mentally ill loner, you get some signs of the illness. There’s no way you stay around someone with a mental illness without realizing that something about the person isn’t right.
The symptoms of mental illnesses make such people loners. Such symptoms vary depending on the type of mental illness, but there are some common ones. So, if you get the signs, you can help the person get the proper help.
Some mental illnesses include anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and so on. You can help the person through medications or psychotherapy. A psychiatrist or licensed counselor may be of help.
However, if you cross a mentally ill loner, you may end up getting what you deserve. The person may become violent and could harm you.
What Is A Mental Illness?
A mental illness or disorder is a condition that affects mental health. The condition also affects normal mental processes like thinking, speech, behavior, and emotions. They make the person unable to carry out activities like work and other social activities.
Some mental disorders start from birth and can last a lifetime. Others can occur in teenagers and adults and can last for a short or long period. Also, disorders can be mild, moderate, or severe.
Signs You Can Use To Identify A Mentally Ill Loner
No mental disorder appears out of the blue. Some symptoms accompany the illness. Some common signs you’ll get when you’re with a mentally ill loner include the following.
Most mentally ill loners sleep a lot, even as they spend time alone. They still feel tired, even if they sleep for long hours. Sometimes, sleep is usually short as they sleep very late and wake up very early. If you notice the signs, try to spend time with the person and talk to him.
A mentally ill loner may experience irregularities in appetite for food. He may have no appetite for food or prefer to take only junks or sweet food. Also, his appetite may either increase or reduce.
Extreme mood swings:
Their emotions can change at any time for no apparent reason. They no longer have a normal change in moods but frequent and dramatic mood swings.
Constant irritability and anger:
People with a mental disorder may become irritable or angry for no reason. It’s due to feelings of emptiness, as they lose pleasure in what they enjoy doing.
Lack of socializing:
Persons with a mental disorder usually withdraw from people. If you notice a loved one constantly isolating or avoiding social gatherings, it may indicate depression or related disorders. So give them attention and the help they need.
Decline personal care:
They may no longer see the need for personal care and grooming. As people begin to withdraw from others, their sense of existence begins to reduce. So they live in their world. It makes them not bother putting on a clean cloth or taking a bath.
Problem thinking and speaking:
When a person has a mental illness, he may have difficulty thinking clearly. He may find it hard to keep up with a conversation, and his speech may become hard to understand.
Also, he may begin to lose concentration, even during conversations. So, he may say things that are not related to the conversation.
Constant drug abuse:
Some mentally ill loners may suddenly start taking drugs or substances. An overdose of such substances will worsen their condition.
Types Of Mental Illness
There are lots of mental illnesses which may be mild or severe. But some common ones are:
It’s a mental illness, which makes people some situations or things that show signs of anxiety and fear. It affects their personal and social behaviors, as they become continuously afraid of things that will happen now or in the future.
Most times, mentally ill people experience sweating, and a fast heartbeat for situations that don’t warrant it. So, they don’t control how or when they give the responses. Some anxiety disorders include panic disorder, phobias, and social anxiety disorders.
Psychotic disorder and Schizophrenia:
It’s also known as psychosis. The mental illness distorts thoughts and makes it hard to know what’s real or not. It can result in delusions and hallucinations. That makes people believe most unreal things are true.
They may also experience the inability to sleep or carry out their normal activities.
It’s a mental illness, which causes people to have extreme mood changes. They can become persistently sad or gloomy (depressive). Also, they may be extremely happy (manic). It can be in the form of major depressive disorders.
Some mood disorders are bipolar disorder, clinical depression, and dysthymia.
Impulse-control and conduct disorders:
Impulse-control disorder makes people incapable of controlling urges to do things that can harm themselves or others. So, they act on a thought without any rethink.
Some impulse disorders include irresistible urges to shop (compulsive shopping), urge for stealing (kleptomania), and urge to start fires (pyromania).
They involve intense concern for food and weight. It usually consists of undereating, over-exercising, or overeating because of either fear of gaining weight or losing body shape. Some eating disorders include binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, and anorexia nervosa.
They are mental disorders that occur early in life. The brain and nervous system are undeveloped. Most times, the disorder can last throughout the person’s life.
A neurodevelopmental disorder includes autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Gender dysphoria and sexual disorders:
They include illnesses that lead to abnormal sexual arousal or lack of sexual pleasure. Some of them include paraphilia and dyspareunia.
The mental illness causes people to have continuous obsessions and routines (compulsion). The obsessions and compulsions make them lose control of their thoughts and actions.
Examples of obsessive-compulsive disorder are continuously counting things and hand washing due to fear of germs.
They are mental disorders that occur due to inflexible behavioral pattern that causes distress to people. Such persons find it hard to fit in at school, work, or any part of society.
The behavior patterns differ from acceptable societal behavior.
The disorder may be a short dysfunctional behavior or a long and more acute one. Some personality disorders are paranoid personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder.
Substance-related and addictive disorders:
They are disorders that lead to continuous use of drugs and substances despite the harm they cause. They lead to addiction to the drug and the inability to control or stop its usage.
They are mental illnesses that occur due to a traumatic event. The event can be sexual abuse, losing a loved one, or accidents. The person continuously thinks of the event and may have dreams of it. It can lead the person to cause harm to himself.
Causes Of Mental Illness
Some mental illnesses have their roots in the genetic inheritance of a person. If a parent has a family history of a mental illness, it may occur in any child in the family.
Some mental illnesses that can occur through genetic inheritance include schizophrenia, autism, and other related mental disorders.
Mental illnesses can result from complications during a pregnancy period. If the fetus goes through stress during development in the womb, it can result in mental illness. Also, infections or premature birth can bring about complications that cause mental illness.
Some other things include substance abuse during pregnancy, attempts to get rid of the pregnancy, and lack of proper nutrition during pregnancy.
A person that goes through traumatic events is susceptible to mental illness. Some traumatic events include sexual abuse, the sudden death of a loved one, violent attacks, etc.
When the brain’s neural connections have any issues or impairment, it can lead to mental illness. The impairment changes the functions of various nerve receptors or systems.
Also, if anything goes wrong with neurotransmitters, it can lead to disorders.
Sometimes, a person that suffers from chronic diseases like HIV, arthritis, and cancer may develop mental illness. It may be because of emotional or biological stress resulting from the diseases.
Mental disorders can result from personality traits. When a person is emotionally unstable or has pessimistic attitudes, he can have anxiety or depression.
Mental disorders also occur due to drug or substance use. Some substances like cocaine and cannabis can lead to psychosis, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Uncontrolled intake of caffeine and alcohol can result in depression and anxiety.
Teens that take alcohol, drugs, or tobacco can have affected brain development leading to mental illnesses.
Mental illnesses can result from environmental influences. They include experiences within the society and immediate environment. A person’s negative life experiences, like discrimination, can lead to mental illness.
When a person can’t balance areas of his life like family, he may become susceptible to anxiety or depressive disorders.
Note that some mental illnesses can result from more than one of these sources.
Now you understand what you get when you cross a mentally ill loner. The quote is a line used in the movie “Joker.” But if you examine it carefully and watch the movie, you will understand the dangers of having mentally ill people roam the street.
These people can be violent, as you can see in the movie. The Joker ended up killing the presenter and committed all manner of atrocities when crossed.
However, it’s important to know that mental illness is a dangerous disease. It can bring out the violent side of people and make them difficult to control. So if you spot anyone with such a condition, do whatever you can to help them. Don’t wait for the condition to become worse.
Finally, if you come across a mentally ill loner, mind how you act around them.