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Myths About Mental Illness

Myths About Mental Illness

Common Misconceptions Surrounding Mental Illness

Although the conversation surrounding mental health and wellness continues to gain more attention over time, there are still plenty of misconceptions circulating out there. In light of May being Mental Health Month, here is information to set the record straight.

Myth: People With Mental Illness Are Violent

Although many people believe that those suffering from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and major depression also are inherently violent, this is not the case. According to Harvard Medical School, research shows that most people living with mental health issues are non-violent, and only a small number of people with psychiatric disorders commit assault and other violent crimes.

Myth: Mental Illness Affects Only Adults

Contrary to popular belief, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are not unique to adults. According to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about half of all people with mental health disorders begin to show warning signs before aged 14. However, due to the commonly circulated misconception that mental health disorders only affect adults, less than 20 percent of these children with mental health disorders get the evaluation and treatment they need.

Myth: Mental Illness is a Sign of Weakness

Mental illness is not a sign of weakness or a lack of willpower. Much like ailments that affect the body, struggling with a mental health disorder is not something to feel ashamed of or deny. If you feel that your mental health issues are persisting or becoming too much to manage on your own, it is advised that you speak with your primary care doctor or a mental health professional.

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