1. Negative rumination. Negative thoughts that feel like they are on repeat, over and over again.
2. High anxiety. Feeling like you want to jump out of your skin. Inability to relax.
3. Isolation and withdrawal. Prefer to be alone, avoiding people in general and friends. Failure to return calls from friends and family.
4. Sleep issues. Unable to get out of bed. Sleeping too much or too little.
3. Poor hygiene. Not showering, brushing teeth, combing hair or wearing clean clothes.
4. Tearful. No particular reason for crying. Feeling low.
5. Poor concentration. Inability to concentrate on the simplest of tasks.
6. Poor short term memory. This goes hand-in-hand with poor concentration.
These are know as active symptoms and usually indicate that the medication is not being taken as prescribed or that the medication needs to be adjusted or changed. Alcohol or drug use may also render the medication ineffective. Contact your doctor immediately.
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