The Science of Mental Illness (Infographic)

I recently received an e-mail with this awesome infographic regarding the science of mental illness and I thought it was appropriate to share as well as a great visual. Thank you to Cara Delany for the kind suggestion!

The Science of Mental Illness

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  1. Great articles. I do not call it mental illness, I call it brain disease. A doctor has started changing the mind set of old terminology that this is a brain disease.

  2. Kait,

    This is incredibly informative. Thank you for posting it and a big thank you for following my blog.

    With love, Amanda
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  3. fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself. lol harry potter quote came to mind (: good luck on your quest

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  5. I, too, find this fascinating. Consider it reblogged.

  6. This is excellent. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve ‘reblogged’ it.

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  8. While there may be physical reactions to deduce schizophrenia, anxiety and depression, the overwhelming cause of most ‘mental illness’; emotional distress; is actually caused by external factors that are interpreted by an individual emotionally. For example, constant domestic violence will result in the victim feeling depressed. It is not just a set of chemical and neurological reactions in the body. Emotion doesn’t only happen in the brain, it happens in the mind. There is a difference between a person’s mind and their brain.
    The schizophrenic image example actually looks like he is showing the signs of over-medication rather than schizophrenia. It is actually quite dangerous to portray ‘signs’ on the exterior of a person as you can’t deduce from the fact someone has an ‘irregular gait’ or ‘ clumsy motor skills’ that the person is obviously a schizophrenic from observing them, for example, walking down the street. When what is going on for them is inner turmoil. May be if we tried talking with them, then we’d know what is up for them, how they feel, see the world. The key is compassionate, heart felt and persistent listening and talking with the person in emotional distress. I recognize the convenience of medication in the short term, but the bio-chemical model perpetuates the notion that ‘mental illness’ is a disease of the brain, an imbalance, brought on genetically, and that popping a pill daily for the rest of your life will ‘normalize the imbalance’. There will never be a cure because emotion, however it is expressed, and a person’s self, isn’t a disease.

    • I get what you are saying here, and we have to look for balance in treatment. However, my depression comes from bad genes, and for me it IS a set of chemical and neurological reactions in my body. My emotional distress comes directly from that imbalance, not from external factors. I spent years ignoring symptoms because I didn’t fit the depression model–someone who is reacting to trauma. The bio-chemical model finally forced me to deal with my disease, and saved my life. I do have a therapist and a psychiatrist. I do use techniques to help me manage my (overactive) emotions, stress and anxiety. I also take medicine daily and will for the rest of my life. I don’t expect a cure. But mental illness IS a disease of the brain, and discounting that is just as dangerous as ignoring the emotional side of things.

    • Some very good points! Thank you for visiting.

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  10. This is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.! Thanks for sharing!

    I’m gonna reblog this. (^-^)v

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