Social Influences Of Mental Health

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“Genetics, environment and lifestyle combine to influence whether someone develops a mental health condition,” (“Mental Health and Conditions”). Many of those who suffer from mental health often find it difficult when facing obstacles in society such as employment, family, and the community. Pollution, natural disasters, and synthetic chemicals are all suffocating our bodies at an increasing rate, leaving a struggle with mental health. Physical health is another impact on one’s mental well-being. The mental health of one person is consistently connected to one’s experiences (“Improving Emotional Health”). Lifestyle does affect one’s mental health because of their social, environmental, and physical choices.
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Other causes of social issues includes employment. An employed person has a great amount of stress put on them to achieve their job responsibilities and to also possess the characteristics of a good employee. Some members of society withdraw from an occupation to help another. According to Counselling Directory’s article, poverty, mental illness, and exclusion from society can be the cause of leaving a paid job to care for someone. “Not having a job and caring full time also means that there is little time and opportunity to socialize, and the nature of caring and all of the combined factors can lead to an onset of mental illness,” (“Social Influences and Mental Health”). The only person a carer would mainly socialize with includes the one for whom they care for; therefore, that individual would be fairly excluded from the normal and average amount of socialization. The financial factor of beginning a job as a carer also affects the mental health. Carers Scotland performed a 2011 study which found that unpaid carers have twice the prevalence of long term illness and disability than the rest of the scottish population …show more content…
“Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems,” (“Physical Health and Mental Health”). Lifestyle factors such as a poor diet, lack of exercise, insufficient sleep, and the abuse of drugs or alcohol will affect a person’s mental health. The food we eat impacts the development and prevention of mental illnesses, like depression and alzheimer 's. People with physical health problems have a higher risk of poor mental health. Physical activity maintains a healthy body and mind. “Research shows that doing exercise influences the release of uptake and feel-good chemicals (endorphins) in the brain,” (“Physical Health and Mental Health”). Different levels of physical exercise affect the well-being of the mentality as in mood, stress, self-esteem, anxiety, dementia, and depression. Just a short walk of ten minutes will increase mental alertness. Mental health issues can expand the burden of illnesses in patients with long-term medical conditions. Healthcare professionals have been asked to consider psychological well-being when treating a patient’s physical symptoms. People who participate in unhealthy lifestyle practices also have a hard time overcoming depression; therefore, their unhealthy lifestyle practices tend to work against some treatment effects. Negative affective styles, like anxiety and hostility, have proven an increase in the risk for illness and

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