How do psychological disorders develop

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

How do psychological disorders develop

How do psychological disorders develop?
And what causes different kinds of mental illness?

Whenever i used to read any article long ago about any disorder i always used to find the same thing being said, Psychological disorders are caused by genetics or certain chemical imbalance in the brain but that never made any sense to me.

If a psychological disorder develops solely because of chemical imbalance then each and every person would have been born ready with his disorders instead of acquiring them after going through certain experiences. (see How to understand someone on a deep level)

Certainly there is something deeper behind the development of psychological disorders other than genetics and chemical imbalance and that's what i am going to discuss in this article.

what causes the development of psychological disorders

The person's desires and drives are usually developed in his childhood as a result of the treatment he gets from his parents and people in his social circle. If the child was ignored or if his brother was preferred to him then he might develop the desire to show off.

Now showing off itself is not bad and can not be considered a psychological disorder unless the person fails to show off in a way that the society approves. If that grown up failed to show off in an acceptable way then he might develop a psychological disorder such as stealing or compulsive lying in order to capture the attention of people.

So psychological disorders develop when someone fails to fulfill an important psychological need in a way that is acceptable by his community and culture.

Psychological disorders can develop as a mean of protection

Sometimes psychological disorders are developed in order to protect the person's ego.
If a person always felt inferior to people but felt OK at home then he might develop phobia of open places and thus always find and excuse for staying at home and not mixing with the public.

The psychological disorder was developed in this case in order to prevent the person from feeling inferior or less worthy than others.

That's also one of the main reasons why some people become gay. If they developed a false belief about the opposite sex such as "all men are cheaters" then they might become gays in order to protect themselves from the danger of being cheated on.

How to help someone who developed psychological disorder

In order to help someone who developed a psychological disorder you must understand the dynamics behind his disorder.

Its like connecting the pieces of the puzzle in order to be able to conclude why that certain disorder developed. Of course a psychiatrist can help you do that better if you can't do it yourself. Here in 2knowmyself we do offer coaching services and we can certainly help you understand psychological disorders and get over them.

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