7 Red Flags That May Indicate A Larger Mental Health Issue

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When we're caught up in our busy lives, it can be easy for mental health issues to creep up on us without our noticing. And since we're not always taught to take care of our mental health the way we take care of our physical health, we may be tempted to ignore the signs when we do see them. But even small mental health issues deserve our attention, because they can take a huge toll on our physical and mental health in the long run.

Having a mental health issue is nothing to be ashamed of. The majority of people will fit the diagnosis for some mental illness at some point in their lives, according to a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Sometimes, people don't address mental health issues because they're scared of what these issues might say about them. But all they say is that you're human.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Carolyn Karoll tells Bustle that if you think you might be struggling with your mental health, you should ask yourself the following questions: "Does the problem negatively affect the way you feel about yourself?", "Does it negatively impact others or how others see you?", and "Does it interfere with your ability to participate in activities of daily living (work, sleep, etc.)?" If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, the problem requires addressing.

Here are some seemingly minor issues that might indicate a larger mental health problem.