Family History And The Risk Of Developing A Co Occurring Disorder

1078 Words Jun 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Many forget that the term “Healthy” includes both the mind and body. Many mental illnesses don’t flare up or give signs until a person starts maturing into a man or women. Mental illness goes beyond, Autism, ADD, ADHD and others. Though those are extremely important and dangerous, at least they give signs which helps early diagnoses and early treatment. Family history and genetic patterns play a significant role in the risk of developing a co-occurring disorder. Statistics show that more women die globally due to mental illness than childbirth-related causes. Suicide alone kills nearly three times (nearly a million people) the number of women who die in childbirth (360,000, mostly in the developing world) every year.(http://www.who.int/mental_health/en/)
In the U.S. there is still a stigma attached to mental or emotional health issues. Just this year the film, Silver Linings Playbook, was nominated for the Academy Awards Best Picture along with a several other individual awards. At least part of the reason that the movie was so well received is because it talked about mental health issues in a mainstream format. To quote the Best Actress award winner, Jennifer Lawrence, “I don’t think we’re going to stop until we get rid of the stigma for mental conditions…If you have asthma you take asthma medicine. If you have diabetes you take diabetes medicine. But as soon as you have to take medication for your mind there’s such a stigma behind it.” Of course not everyone has a…

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