Can Mental Illness Be Contagious?

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Hello, I want to ask. Can Schizophrenia or other mental illnesses be contagious?

1 Answer:

Hi Wendy,


Thank you for the question.


Mental disorder or mental health disorder is a pattern of behavior that causes impairment of a person's function in his life, which can appear as an episode or continue for a long period. There are several categories of mental health disorders, such as mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (OCD, PTSD, total anxiety disorders), personality disorders, psychotic disorders (schizophrenia), eating disorders, and substance abuse disorders.


In most of these disorders, there is no one thing that can state with certainty what the cause of the disorder can appear to someone, but there are many factors that influence it, such as:

Genetic factors, this does not mean simply that the disorder must be inherited, but many studies have shown that children of parents who have experienced the disorder are prone to suffer from the same disorder.
Past trauma factors.
Chemical hormone factors in the brain.
Socioeconomic factors.

However, based on the factors mentioned above, we can be sure this disorder is different from other diseases such as cold cough, sore throat, or other infections that can be transmitted. Mental health disorders are not contagious such as infectious diseases that spread through certain ways such as coughing, sputum, skin exposure, food, and others. However, there are things that need attention. Not contagious does not mean that people who are close are not prone to suffer from the same disorder. This can be analogous to mood disorders such as depression, when other people are sad, then we can also be sad, but that does not mean it simply makes it a 'contagious' disease. Thus like that.


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