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what affects someone's mental health?

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Everything: You are the total of all of your biochemistry and experiences, both good and bad. Therefore, everything affects your emotional or mental health.
Dr. Steven Hanley
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Everything, Mostly: You name it, mental health is affected by just about everything, including your genes, experiences, gender, age, how much money you have and much more. Rest assured, no one thing is going to doom you to a life of mental health struggle. And there are many things you can do on your own or with a professional that will help improve your mental health throughout life.
Dr. Julie Bruno
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Perception: Genetics has the biggest influence and it is the dye that colors the totality of ones life. Perception (which is impacted by ones sense of resiliency, temperament and ability to have healthy attachments) also has heavily impact ones mental health.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

How does being in prison affect someone's mental health?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Prison: Prison tends to aggravate mental health conditions, and make them worse. The only thing prison really does is re-traumatize prisoners and make them in to angrier, more resourceful criminals.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How does socio-economic status affect someone's mental health?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Mental health: Poorer people, with fewer resources are at high risk for mental health issues. That being said, those who are affluent who do not use the resources at their disposal for mental health issues are also at risk.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can academic performance affect someone's mental health?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
It depends on: how well someone performs academically. When some1 is successful, it improves mental health; when they have difficulty, it can harm their self esteem and leads 2 poor mental health. It is therefore important 2 help children find their areas of strength both in academics and extracurricular interests. In that way, even if some subjects R difficult they will not define themselves by their weaknesses
Dr. Marcie Berman
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
On the other hand, perfectionism and pressure to achieve may lead to,high academic performance but also serious stress. It is important to be aware of academic achievement interfering with a balanced, enjoyable life.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

How does lying to others affect someone's mental health?

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Dr. Raymond Coffin
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
It depends: In my experience, it depends on one's own character structure. On one extreme, based on working with sociopathic inmates who appear incapable of empathy, it can appear to have little impact. For those capable of experiencing empathy for others and, with that, guilt and remorse, it can cause profound disturbances of the self, as well as increase anxiety and depression.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How can homelessness affect someone with mental health problems?

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Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
A lot. Homeless-: ness is a severe stress, and piling that on top of a mental condition (which handles stress less well) is potentially like pouring salt on a wound. A lot of homeless people suffer from severe mental illnesses, which is likely a contributing factor to their plight. Just ask them how easy life is--IT ISN'T. Try to find a program with the County/State to help and get some support.

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