Myths about mental health are problematic. People are prevented from seeking treatment for their mental health problems due to the shame, stigma, and myths which surround mental health. Unfortunately at this time, myths about mental health are more pervasive than accurate information. Are you under the influence of mental health myths? Read on to learn what the truth is about mental health.
Mental Health Disorders Aren’t Real
Most people experience emotions, except for those who are clinically diagnosed with emotional disorders. People generally experience happiness, sadness, and stress, with some degree of fluctuation. Mood disorders which take emotional experiences to extreme levels are only one kind of mental health disorder. It would be easy to tell someone with depression to just stop being sad or someone with anxiety to calm down. However, it wouldn’t be easy to tell someone with schizophrenia to get their perceptions of other people’s emotions right, or someone with sociopathy to stop manipulating other people. The Truth: Mental Health Disorders are incredibly real and complex issues which require a variety of treatment methods and professional care. Mental health contributes to suicide, life quality dissatisfaction, and physical health problems.
Mental Health Patients Are Crazy, Homeless, Violent, Drug Addicts and Alcoholics
This is the picture most have painted in their minds when they hear about mental health. It is true that a large population of people suffering from mental health problems are homeless and that many more have a substance use issue. However, this is not a majority issue. Substance use disorders like drug addiction and alcoholism are also mental health disorders. Additionally, mental health disorders are not the same as clinical insanity. The Truth: Mental health can be worked on and become a normalized part of life with therapy and support, for many disorders. People who are mentally ill are not crazy or bad people, they are sick in need of getting well.
Mental Health Is A Weakness
Does a broken leg make someone weak? They might be stronger with two legs, but they aren’t a weak person because they’ve broken their leg. For mental health, essential parts of brain function are, in a way, broken. The brain simply works a different way for mental health patients. Plenty of people learn to live with broken or amputated limbs, accomplishing remarkable feats of strengths. People with mental health also learn to live with their conditions and be incredibly successful in life. The Truth: Mental health is not a weakness.
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