Misconceptions About Mental Illness
Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions around mental health. For example, many tend to think that those who deal with mental health problems are simply unable to feel better, or that they should “try” to just “get over” depression. However, it is not that easy. This article will be looking at three common misconceptions about mental illness.
“It’s Not Serious“
The first common misconception about mental illness is that it is nothing serious, or that it is easy to get rid of. How many times have you told someone about this illness and have received an underwhelming response or a response that insinuated that you simply needed to get over it? It is extremely frustrating, especially when it comes to the fact that mental illness can be all-encompassing and therefore can make you feel like nothing you do will help. Because of this, it’s important to remember that the feelings and the experience with mental illness are valid.
“You Could Get Better if You Really Wanted To”
Another very common myth is that people who deal with mental illness are simply “faking it” or that they could simply get better if they really wanted to. In such cases, it is incredibly frustrating to see individuals struggling with these stereotypes; after all, if one could so easily get over mental illness, why would they purposely choose not to? Again, your mental illness and experience with it are completely valid. Perhaps you have been struggling with mental health issues due to Covid-19 and feel guilty as you think your condition isn’t “bad enough” for you to get help? This is not the case– mental health is ALWAYS important!
“It’s Your Fault”
There is not much to say about this one other than that it is never your fault if a person is in crisis with mental illness. No matter how much they may feel like blaming themselves, mental illness is something that impacts many, if not most people at one point in their life. And, it’s never their fault.
Myths and misconceptions about mental health are often related to the stigma that surrounds mental disorders. This is a common problem that can prevent many individuals from getting the treatment they need. Misconceptions about mental health often lead to inaccurate stereotypes. In addition, stereotypes about mental disorders can further marginalize and isolate individuals who suffer from mental disorders. This can result in them having difficulties relating to others and feeling less comfortable about going to social functions and being around large groups of people. On that note, this concludes this week’s article.
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