Have you ever wondered why some people develop mental health problems, and others don’t? Of course, we’re all different which does account for a lot. But when you consider that rich and famous people can be clinically depressed (despite the fact they live the ultimate dream life) and some people who lives in poverty always have a smile on their face, it does make you wonder exactly what’s at play. It’s clearly not just a case of those who have it easy are happy, and those who have it hard are sad. You only have to look into A- list celebrities who have depression to understand that.
Mental health is incredibly complex. There’s rarely one cause or explanation for a question as complicated as ‘why do some people develop mental health problems.’ The best way to explain it is with a biopsychosocial model. This takes into account biological factors (such as genetics and brain chemistry) psychological factors (mood, personality, and behavior) and social factors (culture, family, environment and socioeconomic status). It sees the mind and body as inseparable entities, with one directly affecting and influencing the other. Knowing how these different components interact can give us a better idea as to why some people develop mental health issues, and some don’t.
For example, a person could have a predisposition to developing certain mental health conditions due to their genes or brain chemistry, but without the right psychological or social stressors they could go through life and never develop them. Others might only have a slight predisposition, but stressors such as trauma, abuse or substance misuse can be enough to trigger the illness. It’s not as simple as saying ‘my mother had schizophrenia, so I will have it too’ there are so many other factors that come into play. You could read this post from schizlife.com to learn more on the link between genetics and environment. The same is true with every mental health issue, you might have a predisposition to anxiety but if you naturally have a more laid back personality type, and are lucky in life so that you don’t have to deal with ongoing worries, you could well get away with never developing it. On the other hand, you might feel fine all of your life, and an accident, illness or certain medication could tip the balance and lead to the development of a condition.
Finally, it might appear that some people don’t have mental health issues, but really they just haven’t been diagnosed. Some people might suffer adverse symptoms but never seek help for them or even realize they have something wrong. To others, it might just appear that their personality is quiet, shy or moody. Since mental health issues are invisible illnesses, it’s impossible to see what’s wrong with people just from looking at them.
There are lots of different factors that come into play in the development of mental illness. Usually, it’s a result of biological, psychological and social factors which decide whether (or not) an individual will develop an affliction.