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The Transition House, Inc.

Is risky behavior a sign of mental illness?

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Mental health is an essential part of your overall health and well-being. While mental illnesses are common and often treatable, people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently.

Certain habits and behaviors could increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illness. They may even be signs of mental health problems themselves. Engaging in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors is a common way people might avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.


Types of Risky Behaviors:

  • Compulsive Sex
  • Recreational Drug Use
  • Obsessive Internet Use
  • Excessive Spending
  • Disordered Exercise Patterns

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This month, The Transition House is raising awareness and educating you about #riskybusiness. This campaign, in partnership with Mental Health America, is meant to educate and inform individuals dealing with a mental health concern by helping them understand that some behaviors and habits can be detrimental to recovery. What’s most important is knowing that seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of.

Take the interactive quiz: What’s Too Far?

Mental illnesses are real and recovery is always the goal. Even if you or someone you love is engaging in risky behavior, there is help. Understanding the early symptoms of mental illness will help you when certain behaviors are potentially signs of something more.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Speak up early
  • Educate others about how risky behavior relates to mental illness
  • Identify symptoms and warning signs early
  • Be compassionate and judgment-free

With prevention and early identification, we help reduce the burden of mental illness, which, in turn, allows us to provide effective treatment before stage four.

The Transition House offers FREE one-minute mental health assessments to help you or a loved one better understand the symptoms you might be experiencing. Our counselors in Central Florida can help you navigate the road to getting better.

 Request an appointment at TTHI Counseling Center

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