For parents, it is shocking and distressing to witness the changes in one’s child experiencing a mental health crisis. They wonder: is this my child? Where does this come from? What did I do to cause ?
Perhaps some of the most profound and important questions about mental illness are about what causes it. Is an individual born with mental illness? Is the environment in which he or she lives partly – or completely – responsible? Or is it a combination of both? Just as adults ask these questions, so do the parents of children who may be struggling with an illness. The answers can be as varied as the experts asked and the answers available.
There are real answers. There are real, physical causes for symptoms, and it’s not you, and it’s not your genes. “It’s all in your head” is the oldest trick in the book for the industry when they don’t have answers. we don’t know what’s wrong with you, maybe it’s all in your head?”. The truth is, there are real answers. While we do believe that trauma also plays a role with mental illness, trauma can heal.
Many, many people are struggling with mental health issues. When we are squeezed, such as in our current situation, sometimes ugly stuff comes out.
Of the billions of people affected by the current “pandemic”, none have been more devastated than those suffering from mental illness. Suicide, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and feelings of hopeless are at an all-time high.
If you or a loved one are one of the 450 million people struggling from a mental health challenge…
Or, in particular, one of the 55+ million Indians are suffering from depression and/or anxiety…
Know this: you are NOT alone.
Yet it’s tough to talk about.
So let’s talk about it.
Let’s talk about how HARD it can be to find effective solutions that don’t come with its own set of problems.
Anyone who’s lived with mental health issues or with a loved one with these issues can tell you, it’s a wild ride and it’s far from fun.
Experimenting with pharmaceuticals, trying to find the right cocktail that helps your condition can be both expensive and defeating. Not to mention, dangerous.
At Natural Living Family you know our mission is always to help people uncover the root cause of their problems and personalize relief. Not a one-size-fits-all quick fix pill or potion.
Because what if there are solutions that are unique to each person? What if you could back up these solutions with cutting edge science and data that actually measure results?
But before we come to the solution, knowing the root side of the disorder becomes necessary. Jumping directly to conclusion without knowing the real cause can be hazardous to the health.
Let’s take a look to different reasons that can cause mental disorders in a person.
What causes mental disorders?
There is no single cause for mental illness. A number of factors can contribute to risk for mental illness, such as
- Your genes and family history: Mental illnesses sometimes run in families, suggesting that people who have a family member with a mental illness may be somewhat more likely to develop one themselves. Susceptibility is passed on in families through genes.
- Your life experiences, such as stress or a history of abuse, especially if they happen in childhood
- Biological factors such as chemical imbalances in the brain
- A traumatic brain injury
- A mother’s exposure to viruses or toxic chemicals while pregnant
- Use of alcohol or recreational drugs
- Having a serious medical condition like cancer
- Having few friends, and feeling lonely or isolated
- Mental disorders are not caused by character flaws. They have nothing to do with being lazy or weak.
- Death or divorce
- A dysfunctional family life
- Feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, anxiety, anger, or loneliness
- Changing jobs or schools
- Social or cultural expectations (For example, a society that associates beauty with thinness can be a factor in the development of eating disorders.)
- Substance abuse by the person or the person’s parents
Although lifestyle factors including work, diet, drugs and lack of sleep can all affect your mental health, if you experience a mental health problem there are usually other factors as well.
Mental health problems can have a wide range of causes. It’s likely that for many people there is a complicated combination of factors – although different people may be more deeply affected by certain things than others.
there are methods which can give you a hint about your mental health. The listed symptoms may vary person to person but are not reliable. It’s better to consult a doctor before taking self medications.
Symptoms Of Mental Health Problems
- Confused thinking
- Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
- Feelings of extreme highs and lows
- Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
- Social withdrawal
- Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Strong feelings of anger
- Strange thoughts (delusions)
- Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations)
- Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
- Suicidal thoughts
- Numerous unexplained physical ailments
- Substance use
How many of us have done this? Consistent headaches for more than a week – google ‘persistent headache’; chest pain after dinner – a quick search for ‘chest pain’ and if you’re a particularly anxious sort, maybe ‘signs of a heart attack’.
Access to information on the possible signs of an illness is certainly important and also empowering. Information that is well-researched allows us to understand our symptoms so we can reach out to an expert and access early intervention. The downside, however, is that we often see our symptoms listed under signs of illnesses that we may not have, and proceed to panic or self-medicate. This is possibly why we jump to conclusions that chest pain after a big dinner maybe a heart attack, or that feeling low during the monsoon is depression. If you are feeling anxious about your health, it is best to consult a medical expert when you spot symptoms that worry you. This is exponentially important in the case of mental health issues.
The symptoms of mental illnesses are not crystal clear, unlike those of the flu. They occur as a cluster of symptoms and have subtleties that only a trained mental health expert can identify and diagnose.
It’s okay to want to know about the health issue that you are facing and search for symptoms on the internet or read information somewhere. However, that must always be followed up by visiting a psychiatrist who will give an accurate, personalized diagnosis of your condition.
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