Causes of Mental Health Disorders
Causes of Mental Health Disorders
Causes of mental health disorders are numerous. It is incredible to think that the brain could manipulate all the systems in our body in the most systematic way possible with all the intricacies and complex functioning. One of many things that is amazing about the brain is that it could malfunction in a way that it could result in single or multiple representations of mental health problems (or disorders or illness) in a person (or part causes of mental health disorders). Sure, it is obvious that the brain is in direct correlation with psychiatric disorders, but how is it that the brain can be ‘normal’ or ‘misfiring or malfunctioning?’
Clinical research and laboratory observations consistently arrive at a conclusion that mental health disorders are resultant of the accumulation and interaction of several contributing factors. It would have been easier to identify each disorder if there is only one cause to all meal health disorders, such as if there was only cause of depression, but that simply isn’t the truth. In reality, all mental disorders could derive from several causes such as an environment that is conducive to the development of a mental disorder, or individual genetic make-up that programs the brain (or the faulty components of the brain) to develop into something non-normal.
Saying that it’s all about the pathological make-up of the brain that causes the mental health disorders is simplistic, to say the least. Looking at the development of these disorders reveals that there are actually at least 3 contributing factors that may be seen as potential causes, all of which have varying degrees. This means that a particular factor could be more dominant than the other.
Common causes of mental health disorders: Firstly, with the physical causes: This bracket of causes is biological in nature. Every person has a distinct and unique biological make-up that dictates the direction of his health, whether that be physical or mental. Some people are born with an inherent tendency to develop a specific mental disorder in comparison with other people while others are less prone to risks. This cause also covers the genetic make-up of an individual, the biological make-up and the events in life that affects the physical body (such as a trauma on the head or substance abuse). From my own lived-experience, I have been told quite clearly from psychiatrists that my mental health problems were with me right from the start (literally born with ‘script’ of having OCD).
Secondly, are the environmental or social causes: Nature versus nurture has been a great debate in community, but research confirms that a person experiences a split-half of both. Nature is the physical attributes of an individual while nurture reflects more on the social structures and physical, emotional and mental environments to which a person has been exposed to. This factor tells us more on how a person grew up, the interaction of influences that affected all facets of his or her growth, and the mechanisms he or she used to cope with a particular environment.
It is observable that some mental disorders are caused primarily by the consequences of experience brought about by the environment. For example, people (especially children) living in a stressful, chaotic and unstable environment are more likely to develop mental health problems than those living in peaceful and nurturing environments. This consequence is due to the fact that there are certain social and environmental components that may become risk factors to the development of mental health problems.
Thirdly, is the psychological factor: This particular factor tells us more on the psychological state of a person, her or his coping mechanisms to particular life events that could otherwise end up with psychological or mental health problems, her or his perception of self, and her or his environment and thought patterns that affect mental health. For example, someone who has gone beyond the limit of his or her stress coping capacity may likely experience difficulties as a result of the psyche’s automatic “lock down” to protect itself.
The causes of psychiatric conditions can be very complex and ‘the common cold of mental illness’ being depression is no exception. With depression alone, there are multiple causes such as:
* Biological imbalance.
* Biological factors.
* Particular prescription medications.
* Hereditary factors.
* Excessive stress.
* Developmental crisis and situations/circumstances.
* Personality and cognitive factors.
* Other psychiatric conditions.
* Drugs and alcohol.
* Social factors.
* Gender (females may be a little more prone to depression). Note: other research indicates that this may not be necessarily so.
So, if somebody tells you to ‘snap out of it’, ‘pull yourself together’ or such, maybe this person could consider some of the real causes of psychiatric conditions.
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Recommended website for help on the north-side of Brisbane: My Mental Health.
Mental health resources for the public: Your health in Mind.