Every day, we hear endless tragic news stories about people killing and abusing family members, co-workers or innocent bystanders. We’re constantly shocked when people we know (or well-known public figures) commit suicide.
Do you ever ask yourself why the family and close friends of these people didn’t intercede before it was too late?
The reason is that very few of us learn to recognise the symptoms of serious mental illnesses (like depression, bipolar, etc). We just shrug those signs off as annoying quirks or personality idiosyncrasies when they appear in people we know.
As a result of glazing over obvious symptoms and behaviors, serious psychological conditions often go unnoticed because the person in question is still able to work, drive, have relationships, have children and even achieve success in their professional life.
Because those people function somewhat well in society (and in our lives), we discount and just put up with their puzzling behavior … even when, because of their emotional dysfunction, they’re challenging to live with and love, causing you and those closest to them to suffer physically or emotionally.
So, here are four mental illnesses that are far more common than you realise, and how to recognise their hallmark, symptomatic behaviors: