People are becoming increasingly private about their diagnosis because of Hollywood movies and outdated stigmas continue that perpetuate an epidemic of mental health myths. Here is a list of ten that we wanted to debunk.
Mental Health Problems Are Rare
Mental health problems are common and it’s likely you will know someone who has experienced them. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. 1 in 25 Americans live with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
People With Mental Health Problems Are Violent And Unpredictable
Most people with mental illness are not violent. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. The vast majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else.
Kids Can’t Have A Mental Illness Like Depression
1 in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression. 70% of adult mental illness begins during childhood or adolescence, including: depression, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. Young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.
Addiction Is A Lifestyle Choice And Shows A Lack Of Willpower
Addictions are complex and involved factors such as genetics, the environment, and any underlying psychiatric conditions such as depression. It can be harder to kick an addiction when people have these underlying vulnerabilities.
Mental Illnesses Will Never Affect Me
Like physical health, everybody has their ups and downs. You may not experience a mental illness yourself, but it’s very likely that a family member, friend, or co-worker will experience challenges. One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue, and not everyone will disclose their diagnosis or symptoms.
A Person With Mental Illness Is “Crazy” Or “Psycho
You probably know someone with a mental health problem and don’t even realize it because many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities. The reality is that most people who have a mental illness struggle with depression and anxiety. They have normal lives, but their feelings and behaviours negatively affect their day-to-day activities. Mental Illnesses aren’t always visible or dangerous. and symptoms can become highly manageable with proper treatment.
People With Mental Health Problems Can Snap Out Of It If They Try Hard Enough
Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak and many people need help to get better. The factors can include; biological factors(such as genes), physical illness, injury, brain chemistry, and life experiences (such as trauma or a history of abuse).
Bad Parenting Causes Mental Illness
There is no one factor that can cause mental illness. They are complicated conditions that are a combination of genetics, biology, environment, and life experiences. However, family members and loved ones do have a big role in support and recovery.
Depression & Anxiety Is Just A State Of Mind For Negative People
Negativity is one symptom of depression and anxiety and there are numerous possibilities for why someone battling metal illness has a negative outlook on life.
People With Mental Illness Can’t Work Or Have Healthy Relationships
Pete Davidson from Saturday Night Live has been very open about having Borderline Personality Disorder while maintaining a very successful career. He recently started dating Ariana Grande and was criticized about his potential competency based on his mental illness. He is a shining example of how treatment can help the symptoms and help him maintain a very productive and healthy lifestyle.
If you or a loved one you know battles with any Mental Health Issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
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