What are the symptoms of psychological disorders?
Symptoms of psychological disorders vary based on the specific disorder, but mood and behavioral symptoms are common. Symptoms can be chronic and relapsing. They can interfere with your ability to interact in society. Some psychological disorders can also cause physical symptoms. For example, panic attacks associated with anxiety disorders may have symptoms that look and feel like a heart attack. Somatoform disorders, conditions in which symptoms suggest a medical cause but none can be found, frequently involve symptoms of pain or achiness.
Common symptoms of psychological disorders
Psychological disorders can cause a variety of symptoms; common symptoms include:
Agitation, hostility or aggression
Alcohol or drug abuse
Alterations in energy levels
Confusion or disconnectedness
Irritability and mood changes
Perception or thought process disturbances (psychoses), such as hallucinations and delusions
Persistent or abrupt mood changes that can interfere with day-to-day life
Physical symptoms that may accompany psychological disorders
Psychological disorders may also be associated with physical symptoms including:
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Inexplicable physical problems
Lethargy or malaise
Weight and appetite changes
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, psychological disorders can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:
Being a danger to oneself or others, including threatening, irrational or suicidal behavior
Inability to care for one’s basic needs
Trauma, such as bone deformity, burns, eye injuries, and other injuries
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