Risk Factors for Poor Mental Health
Mental health is described as a state of well-being where a person is able to cope with the normal stresses of life. This state permits productive work output and allows for meaningful contributions to society.
However, different circumstances exist that may affect the ability to handle life’s curveballs. These factors may also disrupt daily activities, and the capacity to manage these changes.
The following factors, listed below, may affect mental well-being and could increase the risk of developing psychological disorders.
A strong contributor to mental well-being is the state of a person’s usual environment. Adverse environmental circumstances can cause negative effects on psychological wellness.
For instance, weather conditions may influence an increase in suicide cases. Likewise, experiencing natural disasters firsthand can increase the chances of developing PTSD. In certain cases, air pollution may produce negative effects on depression symptoms.
In contrast, living in a positive social environment can provide protection against mental challenges.
Your biological makeup could determine the state of your well-being. A number of mental health disorders have been found to run in families and may be passed down to members.
These include conditions such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.
Your lifestyle can also impact your mental health. Smoking, a poor diet, alcohol consumption, substance use, and risky sexual behavior may cause psychological harm. These behaviors have been linked to depression.
When a child is subjected to physical assault, sexual violence, emotional abuse, or neglect while growing up, it can lead to severe mental and emotional distress.
Abuse increases the risk of developing mental disorders like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or personality disorders.
Children who have been abused may eventually deal with alcohol and substance use issues. But beyond mental health challenges, child abuse may also lead to medical complications such as diabetes, stroke, and other forms of heart disease.
Signs of Mental Health Problems
When mental health is compromised, it isn’t always apparent to the individual or those around them. However, there are certain warning signs to look out for, that may signify negative changes for the well-being. These include:7
- A switch in eating habits, whether over or undereating
- A noticeable reduction in energy levels
- Being more reclusive and shying away from others
- Feeling persistent despair
- Indulging in alcohol, tobacco, or other substances more than usual
- Experiencing unexplained confusion, anger, guilt, or worry
- Severe mood swings
- Picking fights with family and friends
- Hearing voices with no identifiable source
- Thinking of self-harm or causing harm to others
- Being unable to perform daily tasks with ease
What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unshamed conversation.
There are no visible symptoms, runny nose, fever or rash, fractures or sprain; just a head full of darkness and a longing for something unable to explain.
It’s okay to feel unstable. It’s okay to hide from the world. It’s okay to need help. It’s okay not to be okay.
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