Increase in the number of people suffering from mental illnesses stir up discussions concerning mental health. However, many still do not fully understand that mental health affects the thoughts, feelings, and actions of an individual.
It is more than a lack of focus, feeling sad, being stressed, etc. Mental health covers emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It is involved in every life stages – from childhood to adulthood. It affects how we handle stress, our decision making, and how we associate with others.
Let us learn more about three of the most common mental health myths and misconceptions.
Mental Health Myth # 1:
People with mental health problems are just “attention-seekers ”.
People with mental illnesses are still stigmatized and often labeled as “attention-seekers” but they’re not. This myth might be mainly because some mental illness – such as depression – does not exhibit severe symptoms. Subtle evidences and often not noticeable symptoms does not invalidate one’s mental illness.
Mental Health Myth # 2:
The cause of mental health problems are character/personality flaws.
People can snap out of it if they only try hard enough. Having a mental problem does not mean that they have a weak personality. There are many contributing factors that lead to mental illnesses. These include biological aspects such as brain chemistry and life experiences like childhood trauma or abuse.
Yes, people with mental illness can recover but it will not happen in just a snap. Recovering from mental health problems requires professional help and constant support from loved ones.
Mental Health Myth # 3:
People with mental health problems are not productive.
Feeling lazy and lack of drive are often associated with symptoms of mental health problems. But these are not always the case.
Some people who are struggling with their mental health are productive and high-functioning. They live their lives normally. They make friends, attend commitments, and function like everybody else.
There are still other myths and misconceptions about mental health that is not listed here. Perhaps, you know some. Awareness of this matter happens when we educate more people.
Every one of us can be an effective tool for that. Let us continue spreading facts about it and break the stigma attached to it.