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How are people who do not suffer from mental disorders, according to science

How are people who do not suffer from mental disorders, according to science

May 17, 2024

Some psychopathologies are very frequent nowadays, and nobody is surprised to hear about anxiety disorders, depression or nowadays, because everyone knows them. According to the data of different organisms, anxiety disorders affect many people at least sometime during their life, approximately one in three.

Now, some of them are more frequent than others., And Some people are significantly less likely to have mental disorders .

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Different types of psychological disorders

There are many psychological disorders that can affect people , each of them varies in their symptoms and their severity. There are two manuals that serve as a reference for psychologists. One of them is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM, which is currently in its fifth edition, and the ICD-10, which belongs to the World Health Organization.


According to these, there are different types of mental disorders. They are the following:

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders : manifest during the maturational development of a person.
  • Psychotic disorders: include those pathologies that have delusions or hallucinations.
  • Mood disorders : depression is included in this group,
  • Anxiety disorders: the most frequent. They include, among others, panic attacks, phobias or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Eating disorders : we can highlight anorexia and bulimia.

If you want to know more types of anxiety disorders and go deeper into them you can read this article: "The 18 types of mental illnesses"


How are people who do not suffer from mental disorders

But despite the fact that mental disorders are frequent today, a recent investigation, carried out by the University of Otago, in New Zealand, wanted to find out What are the characteristics of individuals who suffer from any mental disorder? , in terms of statistical trends. To obtain the results, they analyzed, through psychological tests, the life of some subjects, from their childhood to the third age. Here are the reasons why people do not suffer from mental disorders, according to the researchers.

1. Do not have a family history of mental disorders

Some mental disorders may have a genetic origin , so this variable could be important when developing some psychological problems. Although the environment in which a person lives can also affect mental health, in some cases, the genetic origin is a reality.


2. Less negative emotions in childhood

Childhood has a great influence on what we will be as adults, and researchers found that people who do not suffer from mental disorders they showed less negative emotions at the age of five .

While a positive attitude can influence mental health, it seems that experiencing fewer negative emotions in childhood is a reliable indicator of the presence of mental disorders in the future.

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3. They are resilient

Being resilient is a great virtue and helps us to enjoy good mental health, as resilient people they face problems more adaptively and have a greater capacity to overcome traumatic experiences. According to this study, these people are less likely to develop psychological disorders.

Resilient people take steps to improve their self-esteem, immerse themselves in creative tasks, live in the present but struggle for their goals, and they use humor to empower themselves , among other features.

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4. Good interpersonal relationships

There are many studies that indicate that friendship is an important factor for our happiness and, in fact, can even reduce some negative phenomena such as work stress. And is that personal relationships, when they are toxic, can cause serious mental health problems of people, and great suffering, so that healthy relationships seem to indicate that we enjoy good emotional well-being.

5. Self-control and management of emotions

We have already spoken in many of our articles about how emotional intelligence affects our mental health. And it is that we know our own emotions and be aware of those of others helps regulate our behavior and improves our wellbeing . The researchers found that the level of self-control of emotions and, therefore, of our behavior, could be key to preventing mental disorders.

Benefits of emotional intelligence

And is that emotional intelligence has proven to be key to our well-being. This is what several studies have found: when they reach adulthood, those individuals who have managed to be successful in the professional field do not have to enjoy good mental health .

Our way of facing complex situations and the management we make of our emotions is crucial in how we feel emotionally and prevents the development of different psychological pathologies.

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Mental Illness | Treatment Options | Nucleus Health (May 2024).


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