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. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.
Mental health facts.
Who can be affected by a mental illness?
A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple interlinking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle combine to influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits as well as basic brain structure may play a role too. IIn addition to the person directly affected by a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected.”