Biopsychosocial Model – Examples

Applying the BPS model

The most important thing here is for you to know that because there are clearly many influences on a person’s mental health, that it is possible because of managers like you  that you can make a positive influence on their mental  health.

The following examples show how the Biopsychosocial model is applied to some common Mental Health Conditions. The list is not exhaustive merely some examples as a reference.

Schizophrenia  – As an example, it is now well established that this condition has a genetic component which is ( Biological factor) however, the condition is triggered by certain traumatic or stressful life events (Social factor). A pattern of poor and chaotic family relationships in childhood could be one such trigger.

Depression  – could be caused by  a mixture of life events, like emotional abuse in childhood or traumas in adulthood – like divorce, (Social factors) that could be influenced by others. But, also by a person’s habit of judging themselves and their experiences in negative ways, limiting beliefs and unhelpful thinking ( Psychological factor).

Anxiety – Theoretically, people develop an anxiety disorder when they possess both biological (adaptive responses to fear ) and psychological “vulnerabilities,” coupled with a social environment that set-off or trigger these vulnerabilities.

Stress – The Biosychosocial model of health looks at the way in which stress affects the body physically, psychologically, and socially. Stress can negatively impact each of these areas in a person’s life and it important that appropriate coping strategies are put in place to work against this. Essentially, the bio psychosocial model approach to stress makes an important contribution to understanding the stress and its impact on the body.

Self Awareness

A person experiencing  a mental health condition is not just stuck with it.  You as a manager  can make a difference and as we know that a healthier team is more productive, it makes sense to try  and influence your staff positively.

Those with mental illness can now gain a sense of self-awareness. Mental illness sufferers can understand their health as a whole entity with several parts that function together. It also broadens the way we view a mental illness by no longer looking at it as a black or white issue.


A person experiencing  a mental health condition is not just stuck with it.


Challenging the Stigma

The biopsychosocial perspective challenges the stigma on mental illness by enabling people to realize that anyone, can suffer from a mental illness, because we all have biological, psychological, and social influencers in our lives.

It is now accepted that a range of factors affect a person’s mental state and because of this you  can be a positive influence.

Being  a manager is hard though and that for you to remain positive for your staff can be a real challenge. But it is worth it, to have more productive , healthier, happy team, because it will make your life easier in the long term and save you time, energy, and money.


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