Are You at Risk for Mental Illness?

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What are the risk factors for mental illness? If you’re wondering if you’re at risk for developing a mental illness, take a look at this.

Are You at Risk for Mental Illness?

“Am I at risk for developing a mental illness?” Given the COVID-19 pandemic and racial issues occurring right now, it wouldn’t be surprising if you’re asking yourself that question. After all, extreme stressors can result in anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of mental illness.

When experiencing significant difficulties with emotions, thoughts, or behaviors, people naturally worry that they might have a psychological disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) describes nearly 300 different psychological disorders in 20 different categories. With so many different types of mental illness that people can experience, knowing the risk factors for mental illness and causes can be helpful.

Each type of mental illness is unique with specific causes. Two prominent general causes are

  • Biology. Genetics and brain chemistry play a part.
  • Environment. Often thought of as risk factors, things outside of a person can contribute to the development of mental illness.

Risk factors that might increase someone’s chances of developing a mental illness include:

  • Stressful life circumstances
  • Certain chronic medical illnesses
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Experiencing traumatic events
  • Substance use or abuse
  • Poor social support

Having a single causative or risk factor doesn’t mean you will develop a mental illness. It’s the presence of multiple risks and a lack of protective factors (circumstances such as strong social networks or certain personality traits) that can lead to increased mental health difficulties.

Regardless of causes and risk factors, if you are experiencing mental health problems, visiting with your doctor or a mental health professional can help you regain a sense of control and quality of life.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: What factors led you to seek mental health help? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Interoceptive Exposure for Phobias: Feel Fear and Survive
  2. Severely Depressed? How to Stay Productive at Work
  3. Being an Introvert with Anxiety Is Easier than Being an Extrovert

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


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"Your life isnt yours if you always care what someone else think."

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2020, June 8). Are You at Risk for Mental Illness?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 19 from

Last Updated: June 9, 2020

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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