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St. Louis, MO 63141

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Some Common Misconceptions About Mental Health

There are still many stigmas surrounding mental health.

Mental health is an important topic that has gained increasing recognition and understanding in recent years. However, there are still several misconceptions and stigmas associated with mental health.

Here are some common misconceptions about mental health:

  1. Mental health issues are not real: One of the most harmful misconceptions is that mental health problems are not real medical conditions. In reality, mental illnesses are legitimate health concerns that affect a person’s thoughts, emotions, and behavior. They are often caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors.
  2. Mental health issues are a sign of weakness: Another misconception is that people with mental health problems are weak or lack willpower. Mental illnesses are not a reflection of character or strength. They can affect anyone regardless of their background, intelligence, or personal attributes.
  3. Mental health problems are just temporary moods: Some people believe that mental health issues are merely temporary and can be overcome by positive thinking or willpower alone. While maintaining a positive outlook can be helpful, mental illnesses often require professional intervention, such as therapy or medication, to be effectively managed.
  4. Only “crazy” people have mental health problems: This misconception perpetuates the idea that mental health issues only affect a small portion of the population and are limited to individuals with severe symptoms. In reality, mental health problems are common and can vary in severity. Many people experience mental health challenges at some point in their lives.
  5. People with mental health issues are violent or dangerous: The media often portrays individuals with mental illnesses as dangerous or violent. This depiction contributes to the stigma surrounding mental health. In fact, most people with mental health problems are not violent, and they are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators.
  6. You can’t recover from mental health issues: Recovery is possible for many individuals living with mental health issues. With appropriate treatment, support, and self-care, individuals can experience improvement in their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives. Recovery looks different for everyone and may involve managing symptoms rather than complete eradication.
  7. Children don’t experience mental health issues: Mental health problems are not limited to adults; children and adolescents can also experience them. Childhood mental health issues are real and can have a significant impact on a child’s development and well-being. Early intervention and support are crucial for addressing these concerns.

Take Away:

It’s important to challenge these misconceptions and promote a better understanding of mental health. Education, open conversations, and empathy can help reduce the stigma and support individuals who are struggling with their mental health.

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About Us: is a St. Louis mental health therapy practice in Creve Coeur, Missouri. The practice has a team of mental health therapists who provide therapy and counseling services to kids, teens, adults, couples, and families. Pearlman & Associates specializes in stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, and other mental health related issues and concerns. The practice can be reached by phone at: 314-942-1147, by email at: or on the web at: The office is located at: 655 Craig Road, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63141.