Common Causes of Mental Health Concerns

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Anyone can suffer from mental health problems at some point in time, and medical professionals believe there are a variety of contributing factors. There can never be a definitive list, of course, as the makeup of the brain is so delicate, complex, and - still - often misunderstood. However, most mental health professionals agree that there are physical, social, environmental and psychological causes for the vast majority of mental health issues. Let’s take a look at those right now.

Genetic/Family History

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests heredity can play a huge role in determining your chances of developing mental health problems. It makes sense when you think about it - after all, the brain is an organ just like the heart or liver, and most people are aware that these types of problems often run in the family. However, just because someone in your close family has had problems doesn’t mean you will, too. So, while genetics play a small role with something like depression, the other factors we are about to outline will probably be just as - if not more so - significant.

Psychological Factors

Coping with major problems in your life inevitably takes its toll - especially on your mind. Abuse, divorce, bereavement - all of these issues and many more can impact your mental state. It’s important to really look after yourself when you are going through tough situations like these, as mental health difficulties can sneak up on you.

Physical Damage

While your brain is protected reasonably well by your skull, the truth is that trauma of the brain is a lot more common than you think. If you have suffered from a head injury, it could lead to things like personality changes or the triggering of an illness that hasn’t developed yet. Brain injury attorneys can help recompense you if you have been hurt through the fault of someone else, of course, but fast and ongoing medical attention is critical to ensure you get the right care. It’s also worth remembering that physical damage to the brain can occur through misuse of substances, and even vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

The Environment

The world around you can also play an important role in your mental health - and it’s not hard to see why. Compare the lives of two children, for example. One is brought up in a supportive family environment in a nice part of time, while the other lives in poverty, is socially isolated, and isn’t cared for properly by their parents. Which do you think is more likely to experience mental health problems? Unemployment, a stressful job, a damaging personal relationship, or even living in dangerous part of town can also contribute to mental health issues.


Mental health is a still a subject under a lot of study right now, and researchers all over the world are still trying to understand what causes them. However, the factors above are some of the factors that can increase the risk of illness or a developing condition. As always, speak to your physician if you suspect you are struggling with your mental health.


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