Mental illness is a product of a complex interaction among biological

Mental illness is a product of a complex interaction among biological, psychological, behavioural, emotional, developmental and social factors resulting in theorists adopting an integrative approach to abnormality and abandoning the notion that any one factor can explain abnormal behaviour. Tracing through the course of the various schools of psychology, there is abundant scientific evidence to prove that each of these factors have a role in mental illness though their influence may be weaker or stronger dependent upon the illness. The global prevalence of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and panic disorder are relatively consistent indicating that societal factors play a less substantive role in their causation. WHO estimates the prevalence of these conditions as up 1%, 1.5 and 2.9% of population respectively

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