Mental Illness : A Mental Disorder

1463 Words Sep 29th, 2015 6 Pages
You’re walking down the street, passing hundreds of people as you go. Do you ever stop and think that every single person walking past you has their own story and their own daily struggles? Even the person next to you may have something about themselves that they have never told anyone. A statistic from the National Institute of Mental Health, or NIMH, stated that in 2010 7.4% of the population had some sort of mental or behavioral disorder. This means that around 510,600,000 people suffered from some form of mental or behavioral disorder in 2010 alone. Now, with all this information we must first ask, what is a mental illness?
The definition given by the National Alliance of Mental Illness, or NAMI, states that “A mental illness is a condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling, or mood and may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis.” Many psychological disorders are developed through genetics and are passed through genes. A person with parents who had or have a mental illness are more susceptible to develop some form of psychological disorder than those without. Within the brain, certain chemicals called neurotransmitters are off balanced and don’t let the messages to the brain get through correctly as to help perform healthy daily thoughts or functions. Sometimes trauma from abuse or neglect can trigger a psychological disorder. Stressors in an environment can also add to the cause of a trigger for mental illnesses. The reasons…
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