Mental health issues are an important topic in recent news, this is due to the complex affects that it is having on today’s society, this includes depression, anxiety and stress. Various factors play a part in the increase in mental health issues, for example stressful work environments and isolated lives. This essay will look at biopsychosocial on mental health issues and the use of drugs for treatment. Additionally the potential problems that the use of drugs may have. Drawing on information and research from Toates (2010) and newspaper articles by Ben Chapman (Independent, 2017) and Tim Collins (Daily mail, 2017).
The two newspaper articles argue that anxiety, depression and stress have become very familiar mental health problems in the last year in the UK. Collins (2017) suggests that more than 1 in 10 people will experience a “disabling anxiety disorder” within some point in life (Daily Mail, 2017). Chapman (2017) supports this by signifying the manner in which businesses are dealing with the rise in mental health issues within the workplace, suggesting that only 14% of companies have a formal policy in place to deal with mental health issues, this is according to the Institute of Directors (IoD) (Independent, 2017). Mental health problems are responsible for 127 million hours of work being lost in 2015 (Chapman, 2017). Both articles suggest that the increase in mental health issues is due to an increase in social phobias therefore, people are leading more isolated lives and an increased use of social media, insinuating social anxiety disorder sufferers can retreat into an online world (Collins, 2017). Although there is an noticeable argument between the two articles between nature verses nurture, Chapman (2017) suggest that it is environmental factors that are to blame for the increase of mental health issues, including isolation, social media, politics and work related stress. However, Collins (2017) provides research that indicates that it could be a genetic factor. Collins (2017) stipulates that researchers from the University of Bonn have discovered that the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) SLC6A4, which is responsible for the transportation of serotonin around the central nervous system, could also trigger the development of social phobias.