Biopsychosocial ModelThree factors are important to examine in understanding mental illness:
Diathesis (Vulnerability) - Stress Model
Individuals can inherit a genetic predisposition ("diathesis") to mental illness, given a family history of some disorder(s).
Then life experiences ("stress") can trigger the onset of a mental illness. Individuals with a predisposition for mental illness can have a harder time with major life events, and some symptoms of mental illness may emerge.
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Support And Family Education:
Mental Health Facts for Families
Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D.