5 common myths and misconceptions about mental health
Mental health is a hot topic, but sometimes for the wrong reasons. As more and more people talk about mental health and mental illness, there is a lot of misinformation out there on the topic, which often does more harm than people realize.
The Truth About Mental Health and Mental Illness
Mental health misunderstandings may not be shared with bad intentions, but in some cases spreading them can be both hurtful and harmful. Not only can this misinformation reinforce negative stereotypes, but some myths related to mental illness can deter people in need of mental health services from seeking help.
It is time to learn the facts about mental health and become an advocate for the truth. At Vertava Health, we’re here to help you debunk the biggest myths about mental health.
1. MYTH: Going to a therapist is a sign of weakness.
Admitting that you need and seek help is often one of the toughest things to do for people with mental illness and it takes a lot of strength. Too many people let their fears and stigma attached to mental illness prevent them from getting the help they need. Going to a therapist not only takes courage, but will make you stronger than you will be if you continue to struggle alone.
2. MYTH: People with mental illness cannot have a job.
Another common misconception about mental illness is that it prevents people from being productive and functioning members of society with careers, families, and ambitions. In reality, mental illnesses fall on a wide spectrum and some conditions are more bothersome than others. There are many people with mental illness who can lead largely normal lives.
3. MYTH: You can tell when someone has a mental illness.
Just as some people believe that people with mental health problems cannot function in society, many also believe that mental illness is easy to spot. In fact, many people with mental illnesses look good on the outside. Some of this may be because they have a milder condition, but many people will also hide their symptoms out of fear or embarrassment.
4th MYTH: Mental health problems are rare.
When you are struggling with mental illness it is normal to feel alone or no one knows what you are going through, but this is a common misconception about mental illness. Over 51 million, or one in five adults in the United States suffer from mental illness each year.1
5. MYTH: If you develop a mental health problem, it will be forever.
While some people have more chronic illnesses that alternate between periods of severe symptoms and a “normal” life, others may have symptoms and illnesses that are short-lived. Without help, some mental health problems will get worse, but with psychotherapy, medication, and other treatments, many people will learn to manage their symptoms and make great strides in recovery.
Mental health is different for everyone, and mental illnesses are often much more complex and diverse than people realize. It is important to know the facts and speak out against myths and misconceptions about mental health.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with mental illness, stop waiting for help. We make care easy with on-site and virtual mental health treatment options. Contact us today to find out more.
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