Factors Behind Insanity-the breaking point
Insanity is one of those things that most psychological texts attempt to
categorize, illustrate, and analyze, but never outright define. Indeed, from
some standpoints, insanity and sanity are too relative to the individual and his
circumstances to be given any single, all-encompassing definition. There are,
however, several key factors to be noted among the various “forms” of insanity
known to modern mental health experts.
What can drive someone to insanity? Certainly, insanity is something that is
commonly understood (or misunderstood) and usually carries some sort of stigma
in the popular consciousness. If you believe in modern psychology and
psychiatry, there are literally thousands of forms of insanity that a person can
end up developing over a lifetime. Some of them, like depression, are temporary,
while others, like social anxiety, require more work for a person to get
through. However, there appears to be some commonality as to what actually
brings about most of the forms of insanity that people go through. Which brings
the question to bear: is there a common, underlying trigger that compromises the
stability of a person's mental health?
Things like stress and anxiety are often cited, as most of the common (and
several uncommon) mental health issues are triggered by one of the two.
Continued exposure to stress can eventually push someone beyond their “breaking
point,” with the form of insanity afterwards being affected by external factors.
This is often a long, strenuous process because most people have some level of
resistance to such things, allowing them to at least survive the stressful
period with their sanity intact. Additionally, the process may not even really
result in insanity, with most of the population serving as proof of this theory.
Prolonged stress can affect a person's behavior and outlook, but it is also
known that several other factors can increase or reduce the impact of this. In
some cases, stress and anxiety can merely even have the opposite effect,
depending on the person's personal outlook.
Emotions are also said to play a critical role in driving or pushing people into
insanity, with feelings being so closely tied to mental health. A person's
emotional state can often be a reflection of a person's relative state of mental
stability, but may also become an effect of fractured sanity. There is no
doubting that emotions can disrupt and affect a person's thought processes and
make them do things that they normally would not do. It has also been noted that
extremely emotional situations and heavy emotional trauma can permanently affect
a person's mind, often resulting in a condition that requires therapy to
eventually overcome. However, it is rather arguable that emotions are merely
augmenting the effects of stress and pressure, not a factor in itself.
Trauma is also frequently cited as having drastic effects on a person's sanity,
particularly if it occurs during the formative years. The extreme psychological
and emotional impact that trauma victims have to endure can often force some
past the breaking point, having permanent effects on their mental health.
However, it should be noted that trauma tends to be little more than a
combination of stressful and emotional factors, usually mixed in with extreme
circumstances. The vulnerability of the person's psyche plays a larger role here
than in other potential causes of insanity, which explains why trauma
encountered later on in life does not have the same general effect as similar
events encountered during childhood.
Ultimately, insanity is something that, like sanity, must be defined on an
individual basis. What is sane for one person in a given society may not be
considered such by a different person within the same society. Insanity is a
matter of context in this case, which is the assumption that some psychological