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.
– Personality weakness or character flaws cause mental health problems. People with mental health problems can snap out of it if they try hard enough.
Fact – Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak and many people need help to get better. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes, physical illness, injury, or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
– There is no hope for people with mental health problems. Once a friend or family member develops mental health problems, he or she will never recover.
Studies show that people with mental health problems get better and many recover completely. Recovery refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. There are more treatments, services, and community support systems than ever before.
Come back tomorrow for more mental health myths.