Possible early warning signs of mental ill health

Identifying early if someone might be struggling with their mental health is a good way to help prevent things getting worse.  Possible warning signs are:

  • Struggles with motivation, punctuality and decision making
  • Making mistakes more often
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Disorganisation and forgetfulness
  • Increase in unexplained absences or sick leave
  • Mood swings or unusual displays of emotion (eg frequent irritability or tearfulness)
  • Unable to delegate tasks and trying to work much too hard
  • Over-reacting to problems
  • Erratic or changed behaviour, such as withdrawal from social contact
  • Lack of interest in appearance, or diminished personal hygiene
  • Hand tremor
  • Practising under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Being overtly aggressive or defensive
  • Inappropriate dispensing and drug ordering
  • Inability to communicate effectively
  • Disappearing from the practice in a low mood but returning in a short time appearing much happier
  • Increased client complaints
  • Difficulty in coping with emergencies