Mental illness continues to be one of those diseases that many people don't like to talk about. Why? There is still a stigma associated with mental illness. When mental illness occurs in children, there is the stigma that your mother must have done something to cause it. But before you blame your mama, get the facts.
What causes mental illness in children?
Inheriting the genes that can cause mental illness is only one way in which children can develop mental illness. In fact, even if they have the genes, it does not mean they will develop a mental illness. There are actually four ways in which children can develop mental illness.
- Heredity - parents can pass on to their children the genes suspected of causing certain mental illnesses, but even this does not mean the children will become mentally ill. I just means they are more susceptible to mental illness.
- Biological - biological factors can also cause mental illness. These include defects in areas of the brain or chemical imbalances in the brain.
- Trauma - abuse, loss, and neglect suffered by a child can also trigger mental illness.
- Stress - stress can also cause children to develop mental illness. Stress factors can include the death or divorce of their parents, dysfunctional family unit, and changing schools.
Even with a loving and caring mother, children are exposed to other factors that can lead to mental illness. So, before you blame your mama, research the different causes of mental illnesses in children. If your children exhibit signs of mental illness, seek medical attention.
To find out how to recognize mental illness symptoms in your children, visit www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-illness-children