Pearlman & Associates

655 Craig Road
St. Louis, MO 63141

Monday – Saturday

What Could Negatively Impact Your Mental Health?

What NOT TO DO for your mental health...

There are several factors that could potentially hinder mental health. Here are some common examples of what could negatively impact your mental health:

  1. Stress: Persistent or excessive stress can negatively impact mental well-being. High levels of stress can lead to anxiety, depression, and various other mental health conditions.
  2. Traumatic experiences: Experiencing or witnessing traumatic events, such as physical or emotional abuse, accidents, natural disasters, or violence, can have a lasting impact on mental health.
  3. Social isolation: Lack of social connections and support can contribute to feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Humans are social beings, and isolation can have detrimental effects on mental well-being.
  4. Substance abuse: Substance abuse, including alcohol and drug misuse, can significantly affect mental health. Substance use disorders often coexist with mental health disorders and can worsen their symptoms.
  5. Poor physical health: Physical health problems, chronic illnesses, or disabilities can impact mental well-being. Pain, discomfort, and limitations can contribute to stress, depression, and anxiety.
  6. Unhealthy lifestyle choices: Poor diet, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, and unhealthy coping mechanisms like excessive alcohol consumption or unhealthy eating habits can negatively affect mental health.
  7. Work-related factors: High work demands, job insecurity, workplace bullying, long working hours, and lack of control over work-related decisions can lead to stress, burnout, and mental health issues.
  8. Relationship difficulties: Unhealthy or abusive relationships, conflicts, and lack of support from loved ones can contribute to mental health problems.
  9. Genetics and family history: A family history of mental health conditions can increase the risk of developing similar issues. Genetic factors can influence susceptibility to mental health disorders.
  10. Environmental factors: Living in an unsafe or disadvantaged neighborhood, exposure to pollution or toxins, or lack of access to quality healthcare can impact mental health.


Mental health is complex, and individual experiences vary. What affects one person’s mental health may not have the same impact on another. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, it’s advisable to seek professional help from a healthcare provider or mental health specialist.

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About Us: is a St. Louis mental health therapy practice in Creve Coeur, Missouri. The practice has a team of mental health therapists who provide therapy and counseling services to kids, teens, adults, couples, and families. Pearlman & Associates specializes in stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, and other mental health related issues and concerns. The practice can be reached by phone at: 314-942-1147, by email at: or on the web at: The office is located at: 655 Craig Road, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63141.