Cognitive Changes Following a Mental Illness

How to Manage Cognitive Changes Following a Mental Illness

Mental illness affects one in five adults in the U.S. on average, making it a very common illness. It is becoming more understood that these conditions are real medical problems that require prompt and measured treatment procedures in order to properly manage. It is common to experience some cognitive changes following a mental illness if you have recently suffered from one. You may not recognize your thought patterns or have trouble keeping your energy levels and focus in check. It is very important to talk with a professional if you are experiencing any kind of abnormalities or concerns over your health during or following a mental illness.

cognitive changes following a mental illness

How Cognitive Changes Occur

Suffering from a mental illness causes a lot of difficulty coping with everyday life and maintaining a healthy balance of emotions. As your mental illness progresses, it can begin to alter your thought processes and behaviors in response. If left uncontrolled for too long, these processes can start to leave an imprint on your mental state and leave you with a negative thought pattern, lack of emotional response, and an overall tendency towards poor mental habits. 

Thes cognitive changes are not your fault – they simply are a result of the illness. The type of cognitive changes you experience will depend on the mental illness you are suffering from. This makes it critical to seek out help at the first sign of any mental illness so as to prevent a deeper and more severe mental disorder. 

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Lack of interest in daily activities
  • Lack of motivation
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Lack of appetite
  • Inability to maintain attention
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Unprompted mood swings or emotional episodes

Why Our Treatment Plan is Unique

Treating mental illness is a multi-pronged approach that requires a personally-designed treatment plan made specifically for each patient. Our team understands that each case is unique and requires an equally unique tailored treatment plan in order to properly address. Mental illness can cause severe changes to your mental state that can be hard to even identify, let alone manage on your own. If you or someone you know are in unfamiliar territory and experiencing changes to your mental state, we can help you understand what is happening and better take steps towards adjusting back to a healthier state of mind. We strive to help our patients with a process that is comfortable, educational, and effective at every step.