Myths About Mental Illness Part 2

Only until more recently, mental illnesses and mental health disorders were taboo topics. People were uncomfortable talking about these subjects or their mental health struggles. As a result, rumors and misunderstandings about mental illnesses ran wild. The media played no helping hand with exaggerated stories and extreme cases being showcased regularly. Although there has been progress, there are still several popular misconceptions about mental disorders that many people still believed to be true and may even be falsely spreading. 

The objective of this post is to dispel these myths associated with mental illness to help break the stigma and encouraging people to get the help they need. 

Myth 3
– People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable.

Fact – The vast majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. Most people with mental illness are not violent and only 3%-5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. 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.

Myth 4
– People with mental health needs, even those who are managing their mental illness, cannot tolerate the stress of holding down a job.

Fact –People with mental illnesses, like everyone else, have the potential to work at any level job depending on their own abilities, experience and motivation. When employees with mental health problems receive effective treatment, it can result in:

  • Lower total medical costs
  • Increased productivity
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Decreased disability costs

Come back tomorrow for more mental health myths.

Reference : https://www.lbhc.org/uploads/5/3/9/0/53909211/myths_about_mh_pdf.pdf

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Lokesh Sastya says:

    If there should be strong bonding between
    1.the employee to boss,
    2. employee to boss and
    3. Employee to his or her family,
    it will be easier for the employee to share his thoughts with people around him/her. In such an environment there are few chances that he/she cannot handle mental illnesses.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing.

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  2. gpavants says:

    Hi Garima,

    Again, I think tough times reveal issues so people can get help and not hide it. I believe a healthy person knows how to look at all their “layers” and seek help when needed.

    Thanks,

    Gary

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    1. GS says:

      I agree Gary. A healthy individual has the ability to look within with compassion and understand their own flaws.

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      1. gpavants says:

        And more patient with others.

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      2. GS says:

        Yes indeed.

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  3. The worst thing is when I tell people I have mental illnesses and they start treating me like a bomb that could go off at any point, like I have no form of control over myself, which is not true. Great post, thank you for raising awareness about these misconceptions!

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    1. GS says:

      I understand where you are coming from Bella. I have been in a similar situation. Truth is we are our own anchor. But yes others specially loved ones need to be sensitive to what they say or how they try to help. Even if you don’t entirely understand what your friend is going through, you can still be there for them in a healthy, supportive way. Listen to them without judgment and make sure they know they’re not alone. It’s also important to let your loved one lead the conversation so you’re able to talk about topics they feel comfortable discussing. Follow and support rather than lead and advise.

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  4. I think you are right. People can talk about mental illness more easily than in years past. My parents would have never talked about it!

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    1. GS says:

      Same here..but awareness is keyb

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing

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