There is no specific mention of mental health disorders in astrology, but certain astrological conditions could be associated with mental health issues. For example, a person with many planets in the 12th house might be more prone to mental health problems. This fascinating field of study brings us to an unlikely destination. The Times of India ran an op-ed in September 2021 detailing personality disorders that may exist based on sun signs. The alternative-style article attempted to connect personality disorders with signs of the Zodiac.
It is worth highlighting that these are general assertions about 12 broad-based zodiac signs. People struggling with mental health disorders must receive a medical diagnosis from a trained professional. There are multiple treatments for mental health disorders like MDD, OCD, ADHD, and GAD. One of the most commonly occurring mental health disorders is MDD. Many major depressive disorder treatment options exist, notably medication, therapy, surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Patients typically find relief from a cocktail of treatments; these blend medication, therapy, and alternative treatments such as TMS for a comprehensive treatment regimen.
Based on these zodiac signs, the following ‘findings’ were made:
- Aries – Aries is impulsive and potentially aggressive. Not surprising, given that Aries was the ancient Greek god of war, a.k.a. the spirit of battle.
- Taurus – inflexible and resistant to change, Taureans are susceptible to OCD, a.k.a. obsessive-compulsive disorder. The mighty bull is no pushover; this beast is steadfast, stubborn, and determined.
- Gemini – this star sign is outgoing. Gemini does not like to be alone. Therefore, they may develop Dependent Personality Disorder. This star sign is governed by the planet Mercury – the closest planet to the sun and the hottest planet in the solar system.
- Cancer – Cancer is a zodiac sign that likes to keep all their emotions bottled up for fear of being criticized. As a result, this bottling up of emotions can result in a Paranoid Personality Disorder.
- Leo – Leo is the sign of the lion, and like their animal namesake, Leos can be quite egotistical. Unfortunately, Leos like to be the center of attention, creating the narrative and drawing all the attention towards themselves. These traits may lead to Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
- Virgo – Virgos are known for their perfectionism. This need for perfection can often lead to Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder. Virgos can become embittered when things don’t go as planned, leading to Borderline Personality Disorder.
- Libra – Libra is the sign of balance and justice. However, this need for balance can often result in a person becoming indecisive, which may lead to Histrionic Personality Disorder.
- Scorpio – Scorpios are passionate and intense people. They are also very jealous and secretive people. These traits may lead to Borderline Personality Disorder and Avoidant Personality Disorder. Their desire for balance can make it difficult for them to manage stress. That can lead to self-defeating personality disorder.
- Sagittarius – Sagittarians are known as optimistic people. A school of thought believes that the adventurous spirit of Sagittarians can lead to ADHD, given that they are so restless.
- Capricorn – Capricorns are known for being ambitious and hardworking people. However, this ambition can often turn into greed, leading to antisocial behaviour and psychopathy. Capricorns strive towards perfection in much of what they do, leading to concerns that they may be prone to Perfectionism Disorder.
- Aquarius – Aquarians are known for being humanitarian and philanthropic people. However, this altruism can often turn into a need for attention and approval, which may lead to histrionic or narcissistic personality disorders. They also tend towards Schizotypal Personality Disorder.
- Pisces – Pisces people are known for being compassionate and empathetic. However, this compassion can often turn into codependency, leading to Dependent Personality Disorder.
What is the 12th House in Astrology?
The 12th house in astrology refers to the hidden realm. The 12th house is where we experience self-undoing, hidden fears, and self-destructive tendencies. This is the house of secrets, and it is also the house of mental illness. Many things can cause mental illness, but one of the main causes is a disconnection from reality. When we are disconnected from reality, we are more prone to mental illness. The 12th house is also the house of hospitals, prisons, and institutions. These places are where we go when we are disconnected from reality.
A study in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry looked at mental health and astrology. The study found a correlation between certain mental health disorders and astrological factors. In addition, the study looked at data from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R) and found that certain mental health disorders were more common in people with certain astrological factors. For example, people with the Pisces sun sign were more likely to have anxiety disorders.
People with the Gemini sun sign were more likely to have mood disorders. And people with the Sagittarius sun sign were more likely to have substance abuse disorders. While this study did find a correlation between mental health and astrology, it is important to remember that correlation does not equal causation. Many other factors can contribute to mental health problems, such as family history, environment, and trauma. If you struggle with mental health issues, it is important to seek professional help.