Common Myths about Mental Health
Many people have the wrong ideas about mental health. Issues with mental health have had a negative reputation. People can’t get the help they need because of this. Only by learning as much as possible about the issue can the stigma be reduced. The best way to do this is to bust some of the most common myths about mental illness.
We are busting these mental illness myths to help get rid of the stigma and get more people to get the help they need.
All crazy people have mental illnesses.
Words like “insane,” “crazy,” and “coo-coo,” are hurtful and add to negative ideas about mental illness that have been around for a long time. They keep spreading the idea that mental illness is wild, out of control, and always very bad, when in reality, mental illness and mental health disorders are spread out over a wide range. They can be mild or very bad, and they can even come and go. These terms are also often linked to psychotic symptoms like delusions and hallucinations, but these symptoms are usually only present in certain mental health disorders.
- Very few people have mental illnesses or health problems.
Many people don’t realise how common mental illness is. Other mental health problems are more common than psychotic disorders like schizophrenia.
- Mental illnesses make people violent.
People often have the wrong idea that mental illness makes people violent and dangerous. People with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are known to be violent.
- If you have a mental illness, you can’t get better.
People often think that once someone has a mental illness, they will always be unhappy. Some mental illnesses are long-term, but treatment can help people learn how to deal with their symptoms and get a better handle on their disorder. In some cases, treatment can help people almost completely get rid of their disorder. Other mental health problems may only last for a short time and go away on their own.
- It’s scary to be treated:
People have a lot of wrong ideas about how to treat mental illness because of what the media shows and how it was treated in the past. This can make people afraid to get help. Most of the time, doctors no longer use straitjackets, shock therapy, lobotomies, padded rooms, and a bunch of pills that make the patient feel numb. Today, most treatments include a mix of mental health therapy methods, such as psychotherapy, and, if necessary, medications that can be changed to avoid side effects. Most people who live in mental health facilities have full freedom inside and choose to be there.
- Bad parenting causes mental illnesses:
There are many factors that contribute to mental illness. Mental illnesses are hard to understand because they are caused by a mix of genes, biology, environment, and life experiences. The role of family and friends is vital in assisting and recovering.
The state of your mind changes over time. Throughout your life, it goes up and down. There are many things that can affect how you feel. If any of these things change, so could your mental health. Many of the problems you might have will go away if you get treatment. A good treatment plan will help you deal with the issue and get better. This doesn’t mean that the problem is no longer there. But you can figure out how to live with it and still contribute to society.