5 Mental Illness Myths Debunked
July 10, 2018
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a mental health problem, the future may look grim. With the many myths surrounding the effects and treatments of mental illness, it’s difficult to know the truth. Maybe we can help with that. With these 5 debunked myths, we hope to spread the proper understanding of mental illnesses and their corresponding treatments.
Myth 1: Those with mental health problems are usually violent and unpredictable.
Fact: Hollywood loves to use mental illness for dramatic effect, which is probably where this myth originated. Most people with mental health problems are actually more likely to be the victim of violent actions than the perpetrator. Their behavior is usually predictable according to their specific disorders, and they are no more likely to cause harm to others than anyone else.
Myth 2: You can overcome your mental health problems with willpower alone.
Fact: It’s true that you’ll need ample willpower to overcome your mental illness, but it will probably take more than that. Don’t let anyone tell you that mental illness is a character flaw that you can escape if you just try hard enough. Just as you cannot recover from a broken bone without medical attention, you may not be able to recover from your mental disorder without outside help.
Myth 3: Mental illnesses are always difficult to treat.
Fact: Mental illness comes in many forms, and most of those forms are accompanied with proven methods of treatments if you just ask for them. You can receive help via prescription medications and professional therapy. If you’re uncomfortable with or physically unable to attend counseling, you can also do online therapy with real professionals. That way you can get the help you need without ever leaving home.
Myth 4: Mentally ill people are insane.
Fact: This is perhaps one of the most widely spread and horrible lies about mental illness around. Mental illness comes in all different forms. Some of the different forms include:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Attention Deficit Disorder
This is just a small taste of the many types of disorders, and most do not result in what professionals would term insanity.
Myth 5: You can’t recover from mental health problems.
Fact: Though some disorders like autism and chronic depression will never go away completely, there is nothing that says you cannot recover from your mental illness. Countless studies and research have shown time and again that most people with mental disorders who receive proper treatment show significant improvement and are able to lead fully functional lives.
These many myths may have stood in the way of you receiving the treatment you need to get better, but they shouldn’t have. You are not your disorder, and with the proper help, you can take back control of your life.