Some mental illnesses have been linked to abnormality of chemicals in the brain, called neurotransmitters, which help brain cells to communicate with each other. Imbalance, deficiency, or improper function in these chemicals may result in faulty transmission of messages in the brain and lead to symptoms of mental illness.
In recent years research has come up with exciting discoveries about the function — and dysfunction — of the human brain. They've identified that:
Psychological factors that may contribute to mental illness include:
Many mental disorders run in families. Susceptibility to certain mental disorders is passed on through genes to children. However, disorders of mental function are linked to abnormalities in many genes and not just one gene. Therefore a person only inherits a susceptibility to a mental disorder and does not develop the illness till certain triggering factors in life, such as stress, drug or alcohol abuse, or a traumatic event, occur.
Certain stressors can trigger an illness in a person who is susceptible to mental illness. These include:
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