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What are the risk factors for mental health problems?

Some risk factors may threaten your mental health and increase your likelihood for mental illness. If you have a close family member who has a mental illness, you are more at risk. Stress, such as a divorce or financial problems, is a very common risk factor. Social isolation from a lack of friends or personal relationships is another common risk factor for mental illness. Serious illness, such as cancer, can be a risk factor. Children who are neglected or abused are at risk of mental illness at the time and also when they are older.

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