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Myths About Mental Illness

In countless ways, we are living in an ever-evolving society. Of course, there is much work to be done. One of the ways to continue on the path of an evolved society is by educating. So, today, we will look at several myths revolving around mental illness. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) & MentalHealth.gov list several myths:

  • Having a mental illness means you are “crazy.”

This is absolutely false. You are not crazy. In fact, “You are human and are susceptible to sickness and illness, the same as any other person.” (NAMI)

  • Mental Health issues don’t impact me.

This is very unlikely. Looking at the facts, MentalHealth.gov states that one in five adults in the U.S. experience a mental health issue, and one in ten young people have experienced a time of major depression. It is okay if you do experience a mental health issue – we are human and YOU are not alone.

  • People with mental illness are violent.

Undoubtedly, our country has had a surge in mass violence. However, of violent crimes, 5% are committed by those with serious mental illness. 5%…

  • People with mental health needs, even those who are managing their mental illness, can’t tolerate the stress of a job.

When those with mental illness receive treatment, which =’s productivity, lower absenteeism, and the list goes on. MentalHealth.gov says that employers report; good attendance, punctuality, good work, and job tenure.

  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is only a military man’s disease.

So very incorrect. Anybody can have PTSD, “A rape or sexual assault victim, a domestic abuse victim, a survivor of a natural disaster, someone who’s suffered a loss or even a person who did not face any violence or physical threats themselves directly, but happened to witness someone else who did” (NAMI).

  • Therapy and self-help are a waste of time. Why bother when you can just take a pill?

This doesn’t get to the root of the issue. This is not an effective treatment. Therapy and self-help have proven incredibly beneficial, and it might work for you! Give it a shot.

  • Psychiatric Medications are bad.

Think about this as someone who takes medication for migraines. They take it to ease their pain and discomfort. They take it to be able to function at their best. Psychiatric medications are not bad… It is, for the most part, necessary.

If you hear someone spewing these myths, please speak up. We initiate change by educating – one at a time.