The Factors That Lead to Insanity

Breaking Point: The Factors Behind Insanity
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Where did this sudden feeling of insanity come from?. Why do I feel like life isn’t worth living?. When did I become so depressed that I think my family would be better off without me?. These are just some of the questions people who suffer from mental health issues have to ask themselves when they feel like life isn’t worth living anymore. The most important thing to remember when you reach your breaking point, though. These feelings are not your fault, and there are resources available to help you through the tough times.

Mental Health Awareness

By definition, insanity is a legal term and has no clear definition as such. So when looking at insanity we really must look at its history and where it came from. The Oxford English Dictionary describes insanity as being unable to tell right from wrong or understand what one has done. This means that in some cases an insane person could be held responsible for his actions. But in other situations, he could not be held legally responsible for his actions.

What are the factors that lead to insanity?

Psychologists consider stress and mental fatigue as factors that lead to insanity. In fact, both these factors play a key role in the development of psychological conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Psychologists describe stress as a feeling of tension experienced when one is required to face an unpleasant or dangerous situation. At times, it can be so severe that it leads one to lose his normal mental state of mind.

Stress is a Big Issue

Stress is a killer. Chronic stress can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and immune disorders. It can also alter your brain chemistry, making you more susceptible to anxiety and depression. The fact that there’s so much stress in our modern world—from work-related pressures to relationship issues—means we all need ways of managing it.

Childhood Emotional Trauma and Early Adulthood

Those who have suffered emotional trauma in childhood have an increased risk of developing mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. One of several studies, published in 2013 by Dr. Seema Lakhani at Stony Brook University, suggests that a complex interplay between genetics and stress exposure may be responsible for an increased risk of mental illness in those with a history of childhood trauma.

Lack of Sleep Causes Imbalance

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that up to 80 percent of those who suffer from mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety have sleep disorders. When your sleep cycle is disrupted, it can trigger all kinds of mood swings, stress, and a weakened immune system. Although we need far less sleep than we did when we were children (usually 7-8 hours), most adults still don’t get enough each night.

There’s No Shame in Reaching Out for Help

Mental health is a serious concern for many of us, but talking about it isn’t easy. However, seeking help and starting conversations can mean we can better understand ourselves and others, while also helping to reduce stigma around mental health issues. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of a mental illness like depression or anxiety disorders, there’s no shame in reaching out for help.