common warning signs

Though mental illnesses each have their own patterns of symptoms and every person is unique, there are common warning signs. These warning signs may indicate that your family member has a mental illness if they persist or get worse. You know your family member best; this is not a complete list and you may notice other signs. Trust your instincts.

In trying to decide whether you think there is a serious problem, it may be helpful to write down some warning signs that you have noticed – in particular changes in regular patterns of behaviour.

In younger children:

In older children and adolescents:

In adults: