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All mental illnesses with severe symptoms present a similar range of consequences, which may cause significant dysfunction and require expert monitoring and supervision to keep clients safe, prevent deterioration and treat the condition.

Severe Symptoms

  • increased arousal, impulsivity and aggression towards others
  • high levels of agitation or severe slowing down
  • markedly reduced motivation and drive
  • behaviour lacks direction, purpose or clear goals
  • extreme fatigue and tiredness
  • speech is fast, disjointed or unintelligible, or there is reduced communication
  • relentless and severe feelings of being depressed and anxious, or persistently elated, angry, cynical and irritable mood
  • excessive and repetitive preoccupation with seemingly unimportant or irrational issues
  • markedly reduced appetite or sleep problems
  • significantly reduced concentration, memory, or increased distractibility
  • hopelessness about getting better or that anyone can help
  • thoughts that life is not worth living or wishing to end one’s life
  • lack of awareness that they are mentally unwell
  • delusional beliefs (e.g. of persecution or reference)
  • hallucinations (e.g. hearing voices) with aggressive or derogatory content, or instructing clients to act in certain ways


  • inability to perform daily tasks or structured activities, e.g. work, self-care, reading
  • reduced levels of activity and taking to their beds
  • non-cooperation to take medication or other advice to get better
  • inability to cope with everyday demands and challenges
  • self-soothing with drugs or alcohol
  • self-neglect
  • continuity of unhelpful behaviour believing it is normal or justified, or that others are to blame
  • disregard for their roles, e.g. as carer, parent, employee, partner
  • personality changes
  • disengagement from family and friends
  • social withdrawal and isolation at home
  • inability to attend outpatient appointments
  • low threshold for acting on mood and thoughts
  • self-harm or harm to others
  • relatives become worried, distressed or frustrated
  • increased physical problems, e.g. infections, heart and vascular problems, poor management of existing conditions like diabetes

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Whether the enquiry is for yourself or a loved one, the first step is to talk to a member of our team.

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Care Quality Commission | January 2023

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