Mental illnesses ever so often come out of the blue. For the most part, we do not see that coming. Well, ailments like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia will not warn you before coming over. Mental illnesses are way distinct from physical troubles, and they are subtle in the beginning and fierce when took higher steps. It is quite easy to identify when there is some physical illness attacking you because they are lucid all the time. But it is tough in the case of mental illness, the consequences are unpredictable. 

The good thing is that mental illness can be maintained at healthy standards if discovered earlier. The illness won’t intensify when kept under observation right from the start. I am going to present a serious sign which intrigues me all the time which probably ends up in worst-case scenarios. 

The abnormality is initiated when some minute changes take place in your daily chore, and you surely would not act differently if you are normal. The signs can vary from individual to individual. 

The following are some common signs that you are developing a mental illness:

  • Mood swings
  • Long-last sorrow
  • Dramatic changes in sleep cycles
  • Problems with eating
  • Overthinking
  • Uncontrollable anxiety, fear, and guilt
  • Social withdrawal
  • Significant tiredness
  • Trouble focusing and concentrating
  • Poor decision making

We are not always fortunate, we cannot always confront these symptoms the way we should. We just tag them under some unusual weather changes, unless we get to know something shadier about ourselves. It is not a bad idea to stay alert sometimes. 


When you overthink, you live in the past, and you hang on to your past. A study says that 73% of adults between the age of 25 to 35 overthink, and it is 52% between the age of 45 to 55. Research says that overthinkers believe that they are doing a good job by thinking about a situation over and over. It is true that overthinking will give you more outputs but it wholly depends on the issue. Overthinking has the power to land you in deep valleys of grief and depression. 

Overthinking impairs your decision-making ability:

When a problem comes in your way, you will find yourself in bewilderment. Overthinking makes you relate this problem to past issues and the solution requires more time to come out. Overthinking will forbid all the possible ways of your enlightenment and new insight. You will keep dwelling on the past and recall all the embarrassing moments you’ve gone through.

Overthinking makes you question yourself:

You will question yourself with extremely unreasonable questions starting with ‘what if’. They are of no use actually, but you will start imagining things that are never likely to happen. These questions can be related to your past, present, and your future. It is lucid that nothing can be changed if you question yourself regarding your past, but you still do it. You feel things could’ve been better if you have dealt with the problems in another way. 

Overthinking makes you feel suspicious:

Let us suppose that I am an overthinker. I went for a weekend party for which I was invited by a person who’s my best friend’s colleague. Let us assume that I somehow messed the party up by dropping my juice glass in the middle of the hallway. There you go, a great start to a war of overthinking in my mind. What do you think I am going to do next? Yes, not so surprising, but I will rush out as soon as I can. Somehow I coped up with my thoughts, left them unsettled yet went to sleep. 

Imagine how it is going to be if my best friend isn’t picking up my calls the very next morning. I would definitely consider last night’s chaos as the reason for this sudden avoidance. I would suppose she is very angry at me, I would suppose that my best friend might have faced a lot of shame in front of her colleagues, I would suppose that I ruined the party, and I would also suppose that it is best for me not to go for parties anymore, etc. These are the thoughts I can put up because I’m really not an overthinker. 

Finally, it turns out that my best friend is working with the same colleague on an important deadline, so she couldn’t attend my calls. Another interesting thing is, the chaos I made was barely noticed by the people around. So certainly, there is nothing to worry about. In these situations, some people even suspect their friends in a negative way which is not at all lucrative. 

Overthinking results in insomnia:

Ever heard of insomnia? Insomnia is a sleep disorder. You will face difficulty in falling asleep and staying asleep for more time. It can be acute and can also be chronic. Some like to recall every incident that happened in the day when they are on the bed, and if an overthinker has a habit of doing this then sleep surely will be affected. Sleep time is the only time we get to ourselves in these busy days, so the overthinkers will definitely utilize this for their never-ending-tale of overthinking. 

Organize your sleep schedule if you are worried. And constantly remind yourself how significant sleep is for a healthy lifestyle. Tell yourself that thinking about what’s already done is not going to benefit you. Do something which relaxes your mind. Choose the way you can because sleep is essential. 

Overthinking results in great embarrassment:

You will retrieve all the moments you made mistakes, and faced embarrassment. You might get awkward with the people who were in your vicinity at those moments. Those people probably might have forgotten but you behave as if they remember. You constantly wish that you hadn’t spoken the way you did, and you wish to correct them. You dwell on the mistakes you did way back and push yourself into unreasonable embarrassment which clearly affects your present. 

This stops you from being active and you may also withdraw from the people you are hanging out and can be complete devastation to your ongoing events. 

Overthinking makes you hesitant:

In this process of overthinking, you lose your charm. You might lose your confidence and make treat yourself inferior even though you are not. This will also result in stage fear and social phobia. You will be unsure regarding your own decisions and will hesitate to speak out.

These are a few ways overthinking can reach you. There are many others, it differs from individual to individual. There are some alternatives that help you cope with overthinking.

  • Set your own deadlines
  • Set your own time limit for making decisions according to the cruciality of it
  • Realize that thinking cannot change anything
  • Do yoga
  • Focus on the solution
  • Always engage yourself in some work
  • Open up with your close friends
  • Maintain a diary to dump everything

These are some basic alternatives I can think of. Overthinking is clearly very common and there is nothing you need to worry about. Trust is a very important element for an overthinker, so do not lose that. Overthinking is not serious trouble unless you lose control over your emotions. Counting numbers will also help and have a friend by your side who constantly reminds you to let go of everything. Try to stop thinking when it is likely to go out of control and get into some work right after stopping. 

You can definitely defeat this because you are stronger than it!


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