The Signs That We Can See

There are a large amount of mental disorders that exist. As of now, there are over 200 classified forms of mental illness that are diagnosed. The amount of mental illnesses in the world is not changing or increasing, necessarily, but rather, we are becoming more aware of them and noticing their symptoms and signs. We are beginning to gain a better understanding of how these illnesses can form in a person, and how they can manifest themselves. 

There are a lot of different ways that a person can form a mental illness, some biological, some psychological, and some environmental. It is important to know where your illness may stem from or what could be causing the illness to manifest itself. In finding the source of these illnesses and understanding what it is that causes them to come to be, we can better find a way to overcome them and learn how to cope. It’s a reason why a big part of recovery can be reflective; looking in on yourself to figure out where this is all coming from. You try to find all the various factors that exist in your life that have helped lead you to this point. 

We can first look at the biological factors that can cause mental illnesses to form in a person. Biological factors refers to the body and its connections and systems. Mental illness has been linked to the abnormal functioning of nerve-endings and connections, causing a miscommunication of chemicals in the brain; essentially, it causes the machine of the brain to malfunction to some degree. These factors can be hereditary, meaning they are passed down through families. If you have a relative who suffered from a mental illness, it is possible that you and your children are more susceptible to developing the illness as well. Because many mental illnesses have been caused by abnormalities in a person’s genes, those genes are passed down through generations and can increase a person’s chances of developing one. It doesn’t mean they have it automatically, but just that they are more likely to form one. But it doesn’t have to just be from your lineage; illnesses can form from events that happen to you at any point in your life. You may get an infection of some sort, and that infection can cause brain damage, causing the illness to develop. Or if you suffer from substance abuse, this damage to your body can cause you to develop an illness as well. Even your nutrition and exposure to toxins can affect the chemical makeup of your brain, and cause things to be off-balance. 

We then have the psychological factors that can play into the development of an illness. If a person experiences a traumatic event, especially as a child, then an illness can be formed. Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or trauma can cause it to happen. This extends beyond abuse as well, as the loss of a loved one can have a negative effect on someone. If they possess an inability to relate or connect with others, if they feel isolated from their peers or social circles, that can also cause the development of such illnesses. 

Environmentally, the stress of life can affect a person deeply. If they experience a divorce in the family, the stress of experiencing that environment can compound on them. Or if their family life is dysfunctional in general, they may start to exhibit the signs of a mental illness. The simple act of changing a job or switching schools, moving to a new area, can add these stressors to an individual. Even broader, societal or social standards that are set, and a person’s desire to fulfill those standards and feeling an inability to do so, will cause them to become susceptible. All of these stressors can add to a feeling of anxiety, fear, inadequacy, and low self-esteem, causing them to develop these certain unhealthy thoughts and attitudes that can cause illnesses to manifest themselves. 

There are many factors that can contribute to your mental illness; many stressors and behaviors that enable the chemicals in the brain to come off-balance. It feels overwhelming at first, to realize how many things there are that can completely change you in such a permanent way. But while it may seem like this means there is a greater possibility of suffering from a mental illness of some sort, it also means that there are so many answers and possibilities for you to figure out how you can better understand it. It means that you have a greater knowledge of what could have happened, a greater bank of things you can relate or connect with, and give you a better grasp of what’s happening in your head. It’s opening more doors for you to know what went wrong, and, more importantly, what will go better. 

If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with addiction or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at TrueRecovery.com. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 and [email protected]