5 Signs That Your Mental Health Is Unstable

Everybody yearns for mental stability. However, most people find it hard to maintain or rather, obtain. To obtain or maintain it, a person has to identify their current state of mind first.

How do we do that? Well, one option would be to actually seek professional consultation to properly diagnose yourself and at the end of this piece, there will be a list of numbers and organizations you can contact for that.

Hopefully, this piece will help you in identifying your current mental state.

1. Changes in appetite and sleeping patterns

This is one of the common signs of an unstable mental state. Drastic changes in sleeping patterns or finding it difficult to fall asleep may indicate that you have too much on your mind.

A change in eating habits may also occur, whether it is a drastic increase or decrease of appetite.

2. Problems thinking and a drop in functioning

This is when you may feel like you have an unusual decrease in functionality. Meaning that you may start feeling like you have trouble finishing schoolwork, difficulty performing tasks like exercising or the things you do on a daily basis.

You may also find it hard to concentrate, problems with memory or logical thought that is hard to explain.

3. Mood swings

Rapid changes and shifts in your mood throughout the day. You might feel fine at one moment then all of a sudden feel a surge of sadness, anger or emotions that are on the total opposite side of the spectrum.

4. Increased sensitivity

This means that you are, maybe with no apparent reason, more sensitive than usual. In terms of emotions, you may be more inclined to get easily offended or upset.

On the other hand, you may get more sensitive to certain smells or try to avoid over-stimulating situations.

5. Constant or unusual nervousness

Ever feel so suddenly nervous? This is also one of the signs that your mental state may be unstable. It may come to you as a strong feeling of nervousness towards otherwise regular situations on the daily, fear or be more suspicious of your surroundings.

If you are experiencing any of these, do not think that they are insignificant or that it does not matter. Talk to someone, a close friend, close family member or even consult with a professional. All the big and little things matter.


  • Nor Aafiqa Binti Mohd Zamil adalah pelajar Fakulti Filem, Teater dan Animasi (FiTA) UiTM.
  • Dr. Mohd Syuhaidi Abu Bakar adalah Pensyarah Kanan dan Timbalan Dekan Penyelidikan dan Jaringan Industri (FiTA) UiTM.

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