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what factors affect my mental and emotional health?

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Dr. Howard Gurr
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Mental Health: Genetics, biochemistry, hormones, medical disorders, life stressors, pharmaceutical agents, illegal substances and life conditions can all affect mental health. Clearly, the list is quite long and combinations of these factors can occur to people during their lives. If you are having problems seek out professional help. If there are no life problems see your primary care physician.
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Mental health: Biopsychosocial factors, mainly genetic (biological), self concept & esteem issues (psychological) and stress (social). This is one model, simplified to explain causes of depression & other emotional problems.

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How often do "anti-psychotic" medications make the person much more "emotional"?

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