Mental health disorders profoundly affect daily life, bringing feelings of anxiety, depression, panic, and more depending on the situation. From anxiety disorders to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more, being able to identify and overcome the symptoms of mental health disorders and creating a plan for healing is paramount. However, not all people will experience mental health disorders in the same way, and Hawaii Island Recovery’s Hawaii depression treatment center can help each person understand the genetic component of mental health disorders and empower families to best prepare to support each other while coping with their effects. 

The Effects of Mental Health Disorders on Daily Life

While words like “anxious” and “depressed” may be thrown around with regularity, for those living with diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health disorders, these experiences can be incredibly common and difficult to navigate. Pervasive feelings of fear, panic, worry, doubt, guilt, and much more can routinely complicate even daily life. Likewise, mental health disorders like depression and bipolar disorder can compromise a person’s sense of self-worth, embedding self-belittling beliefs that can further inform daily life, behaviors, and much more. 

Mental health disorders can make it difficult to tend to daily responsibilities or may cause an individual to do so at the expense of their emotional health. For example, those living with certain anxiety disorders may seem punctual, or even come across as overachievers. However, this is not done through a desire to succeed but rather through a debilitating fear of perceived failure, compromising personal health. 

Understanding the genetic component of mental health disorders can empower families to not only better understand mental health disorders and adopt a sympathetic approach to support but also help families educate themselves on how to support children or be more conscious of potential signs of mental health needs in the family. 

Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million Americans
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The Genetic Side of Mental Health Disorders

Mental health disorders like anxiety, major depression, bipolar disorder, and more do contain a genetic component. Some mental health disorders like bipolar disorder can seem to run in families and can leave children with a genetic predisposition to developing such a mental health disorder themselves. However, this genetic component is complicated, as each person will still experience these disorders in their own way. 

There may also be overlapping symptoms that can further complicate effectively identifying specific mental health disorders. For example, those living with bipolar disorder may also experience symptoms of anxiety disorders, making working with professionals necessary to accurately identify and address various mental health disorders, as well as understand the genetic factors that may inform their development. 

Taking a family history to identify any genetic predisposition to mental health disorders can help families better understand and address these challenges that may manifest in daily life. This is especially important if a family member has been diagnosed with addiction, as substance use disorder (SUD) and addiction can also have a genetic component that can be passed down, making future children more susceptible to developing addiction themselves. 

However, genetics are not the only factor at play or an absolute determining factor, nor is there a single gene that dictates if a person will or will not develop any specific mental health disorder. Just because an individual has family members or parents who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder does not mean that they will develop any in their lives. Likewise, just because a given family does not have a history of mental health disorders does not mean that a person is somehow “immune” to them. Weighing the genetic component of mental health disorders is just the beginning. 

Environmental Factors

Just as important as any genetic component, a person’s environment plays a major role in the development of mental health disorders, especially anxiety and depression. High-stress home environments or intense work environments with few boundaries or coping strategies can make anxiety a constant cause of stress, fear, doubt, worry, and more. 

Environmental stress can also further trigger the development of mental health disorders in those who may be genetically predisposed to their development, with early life experiences being extraordinarily impactful. A stressful childhood through tense home atmospheres, abuse, being a victim of bullying, witnessing violence or disaster, and more can all inform the development of mental health disorders despite any genetic predisposition.

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The effects of trauma are profound, with traumatic experiences being able to fundamentally reshape the way a person may perceive the world, their self-worth, and much more. There is nobody immune to trauma, and it can be impossible to predict when traumatic events may occur. For some, trauma can come in the form of abuse, either physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual. However, others may experience intense physical injuries or traumas, such as car crashes, natural disasters, injury, and more.

Trauma can be a major factor in the manifestation of mental health disorders. This often demands dedicated treatment with professionals like those available at Hawaii Island Recovery to process and overcome, especially if the use of drugs or alcohol is involved in an attempt to self-medicate these challenges, as well as address how trauma may inform already present mental health disorders. 

Mental health disorders are complicated, and there is nothing easy about identifying and overcoming their effects on daily life. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety, depression, or have questions about the signs of other mental health disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and more, we at Hawaii Islsnad Recovery can help you today. We take a unique approach to each person, helping you find the right place and program to address your needs, with our Hawaii depression treatment center housing a community of peers and professionals who can help you each step of the way. Your time with us is personalized to address how mental health disorders have specifically affected your life. For more information, call (866) 390-5070.