Myths Vs Facts About Mental Health
Mental health, the gossips are everywhere. From boycotting mental health patients to accepting them, the journey has been remarkable. Having said this, there are still some patches of darkness regarding mental health that we tend to carry somewhere back o
- Myth: Children don’t experience mental health issues.
Fact: Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old, and three-quarters of mental health disorders begin before age 24.
- Myth: People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable.
Fact: Most people with mental illness are not violent and only 3%–5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness.
3. Myth: People with mental health needs, even those who are managing their mental illness, cannot tolerate the stress of holding down a job.
Fact: People with mental health problems are just as productive as other employees.
4. Myth: 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.
5. Myth: There is no hope for people with mental health problems.
Fact: Studies show that people with mental health problems get better and many recover completely.
6. Myth: Therapy and self-help are a waste of time.
Fact: Therapies are a must when it comes to mental health treatment. Depending upon the individual and the state, treatment might include medication, therapy, or both.
7. Myth: There is no way that one can prevent mental illnesses.
Fact: Not only one but many ways are there to prevent mental illness. Prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders focuses on addressing known risk factors such as exposure to trauma that can affect the chances that children, youth, and young adults will develop mental health problems.
8. Myth: Low intelligence is the cause of mental illness.
Fact: Mental health issues are not limited to intelligence, social class, or income level. The other verticals of life do make a big impact.
9. Myth: Only mental health patients should take care of their mental health.
Fact: All of us regardless of age need to take care of our mental health to promote well-being.
10. Myth: Nothing can be done to protect people from developing mental health conditions.
Fact: There are so many factors such as strengthening social and emotional skills, seeking help and support from the early phase, love, warmth, and a positive outlook that brings big changes and protect people from developing mental health conditions.