Aggressive or violent behavior: Patients with psychiatric disorders may be more aggressive or violent than patients who are healthy. This is because many disorders cause patients to feel paranoid and their sense of reality may be blurred.
Other mental illnesses: Patients with psychiatric disorders have an increased risk of developing other mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.
Social isolation and interpersonal problems: Patients with psychiatric disorders, especially personality disorders and psychotic disorders, may have difficulty maintaining healthy relationships with others. This might happen if the disorder limits an individual's ability to relate to or communicate with others. Some individuals who experience aggressive behavior or impulsivity as a symptom of a psychiatric disorder may inadvertently exclude friends and family members. As a result, patients often feel socially isolated and alone.
Suicide: Patients with psychiatric disorders may have suicidal thoughts or attempt to commit suicide. Anyone who has suicidal feelings, talks about suicide, or attempts suicide should be taken seriously and should receive immediate help from a mental health specialist.
Substance abuse: Patients with psychiatric disorders have an increased risk of becoming addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. Patients may turn to drugs to help them cope with their illness. However, drug use usually worsens symptoms of psychiatric disorders.
Self-destructive behavior: Some psychiatric patients, especially those with borderline personality disorders, are more likely to engage in dangerous or risky behaviors, such as gambling. Also, patients with dependent personality disorder may stay in abusive relationships because they are afraid to be alone.
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