Mental health myths- busted!

Mental health myths- busted!

Mental health issues have always been a controversial topic in our society. Fortunately, people have started to acknowledge the importance of mental well-being and slowly the stigma is reducing.

In this article we will be busting 5 popular myths related to mental health and psychotherapy to further inform our readers!

Myth No. 1 Mental health problems are uncommon

This is probably one of the most common misconceptions held by many people in our society. Contrary to this belief, mental health issues are unfortunately quite common as 1 in every 5 individual suffers from a problem in any given year.

Myth No. 2 You need to seek help only if you’re suffering from a disorder

People believe that in order to get therapy there has to be a severe enough reason for it. But in reality, seeking help when you feel any psychological discomfort can actually help in preventing any upcoming severe symptoms.

Myth No. 3 People with mental health issues are violent

Majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. Only 3%–5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. You probably know someone with a mental health problem and don't even realize it because many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities.

Myth No. 4 Personality or character flaws cause mental health problems.

Psychological issues have several factors which contribute to their existence. Biological factors, such as genes, physical illness, injury, or brain chemistry can be the cause of a disorder. As well as environmental factors are also one of the causes of mental health issues. These factors can be: Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse or family history of mental health problems.

Myth No. 5 People can’t recover from mental health issues

Mental health issues are treatable with therapy and psychiatric medicine combined. Some disorders can be managed whereas some can be treated to the point where the client is fully rehabilitated to their old routine.

Myth No. 6 Psychiatric medicines are addictive

There have been numerous advancements in the field of psychiatric medicines. With careful administration and under the guidance reliable professionals psychiatric medicines are just as easy to administer as regular medicines.

About the Author

Amruta Mahajan
Student.

Pursuing M.A in Clinical Psychology. 

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