When you think of mental health problems, what comes to mind?
There are many myths and misunderstandings associated with mental illness. These result in false judgment, discrimination, and isolation of people with mental health problems.
Some of the common misconceptions include:
1. Mental problems show weakness: Mental health disorders are illnesses, not signs of poor character. Regardless of how mentally strong one is, breakdowns can happen. It even takes great strength to accept help for a mental health condition.
2. People diagnosed with mental problems always show the signs: Many people undergo mental health challenges and carry on with life like nothing is wrong. If they do not receive help early enough, they may be unable to function normally or even become suicidal.
3. People only need a therapist when they do not have friends: People can benefit from talking to friends or a therapist in different ways. Not everyone can open up comfortably in front of dearest friends. Therapy is confidential and individualized, which makes it easier for people to express their feelings.
4. People with mental disorders are always violent: Studies show that majority of people with mental health problems are not violent. In cases when violence does occur, it may be due to excessive use of alcohol or drugs. It could also be because they have bottled things up too long and need to vent.
5. No need for therapy when one can take pills: Research has shown that therapy is very effective in treating mental health disorders. Even if people can take pills, they also need therapy as it aids in an effective and faster recovery process.
Mental health conditions are common, but treatment is available. We must all work together to remove the myths and stigma attached to mental disorders. Sharing more information on this aspect of well-being can help people affected.