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Research is ongoing into the complex areas of mental health. We do understand that there is no one particular reason that indicates adverse mental health. Mental disorders are thought to be a combination of familial or inherited traits, environmental factors and the function of brain chemistry. We do understand that these aspects either alone or in combination can increase the risk of mental health problems in later life.
Whilst there is no definitive predictor of mental health problems or who will go on to experience a mental health crisis; we do understand that there are some areas that appear to increase the risk of developing mental health concerns. Having a close family member who has been previously diagnosed or treated with a mental health condition increases the risk of developing a mental health disorder. High levels of stress and traumatic events throughout the lifetime can also increase the risk levels. Preterm or complicated births or exposure to drugs/alcohol pre-birth, feeling alone or a burden, having few friends or a limited support network, bullying, a childhood history of neglect or abuse, financial problems or long-term physical illness.
Mental health problems can affect daily living. For some people their mental health condition prevents them from enjoying life, taking part and can be debilitating. In cases of severe mental illness, there may be periods of time, before, during and after intensive treatment that will require extra care and possibly additional help to complete daily living tasks. There may be times that it is very difficult to work, study or take care of others. There may be times when taking care of oneself requires extra help. Mental illness cannot be seen and is often overlooked. The stigma that is associated with mental illness in general, can make reaching out for help seem almost impossible. Severe mental illness (SMI) is a mental, emotional or behavioural disorder that substantially affects and impairs the ability to engaged in life activities.
Whilst all mental health symptoms can be difficult to live with, severe mental illness can have a profound effect on all concerned. A mental health crisis can be indicated by; rapid changes in mood, inability to perform daily tasks, agitation, volatile or hostile behaviours, isolation, losing touch with reality, psychosis, paranoia. If you are concerned about yourself or someone else; please contact your nearest Hospital or emergency number and ask for the on-call psychiatrist.
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