There are many misconceptions about mental health. These misconceptions can lead to the one in five Americans who experience a mental health issue to feel unnecessary shame and isolation. Let’s review and debunk three common myths about mental health.
3 Mental Health Misconceptions?
- Depression, Anxiety, and Other Mental Health Conditions are a Sign of Weakness
Experiencing anxiety, depression, or any other mental health condition does not mean you are weak. Just as a person may need medical assistance to treat a severe physical injury, you may need some help to get better from a mental health concern. People who suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions are often resilient people who have faced many adversities.
- Mental Health Concerns Can Be Prevented
Mental health concerns are often a result of a complex mixture of trauma, stress, genetics, and circumstance. Do not blame yourself for your anxiety or depression.
- All People Who are Mentally Ill Are Violent
There is a lot of fear and stigma surrounding mental health conditions, particularly those with a component of psychosis. Stigma from film characters and sensationalized news stories have contributed to the misconception that people who experience anxiety, depression, and psychosis are dangerous. According to the American Psychological Association, only 7.5% of crimes were committed by those who showed symptoms of mental illness.
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Here’s hoping that debunking these myths gives you more empathy for yourself or a loved one. If you have any questions about mental health conditions and treatments, don’t hesitate to contact us. We know that depression, addiction, anxiety, and other mental health conditions can affect everyone differently and behavioral care is not a one-size-fits-all solution. We’re here to help.