Today’s prompt in the 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge asks:
Do you believe nature, nurture, a mix, or something else has an impact on mental health?
I believe in the Biopsychosocial Model; which means I believe there are biological, psychological and social causes that impact on one’s mental health. We are, after all, just a combination of our unique and plentiful life experiences.
For those unfamiliar with the biopsychosocial model (BPS), it is a model that was created by psychiatrist George L. Engel in 1977 that posited a combination of biological, psychological and social factors play a significant role in human development. Which is in contrast to the traditional model of medicine that suggests every disease can be explained in terms of an underlying deviation from normal function; such as a pathogen, developmental abnormality or injury.
Earlier this year, as part of the Mi Recovery program I undertook, I wrote a post that shared my own Biopsychosocial Model in relation to the causes, symptoms and treatment of my mental health issues. This exercise was an enlightening experience and one I would whole heartedly recommend to others looking to understand the whys and wherefores of their mental health.
- 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness – Day 5 (gypsyandkyleand.wordpress.com)