Debunking myths about mental health
Do you think that mental health problems are rare? Do you think that if you cannot handle your own problems mean you’re weak? Are you afraid that if you go to a psychologist will think you’re crazy?
So you believe in some of the most common myths about mental problems. To break free of it, read the following article and share it with family and friends. Because to get the word out about these Debunking myths, we could help reduce misunderstandings about mental disorders that seem so prevalent in our society today.
1. Mental health problems are rare
In fact, mental health problems are common, since according to the National Institute of Mental Health nearly 1 in 5 Americans have a diagnosable mental disorder in their lives.
2. Mental health problems are caused by the person suffering from them
While people need to take responsibility for their own thoughts, feelings and behaviors associated with the disorder, they are not their fault. There is a difference between taking responsibility and accept the blame, but unfortunately, many people confuse these two things.
3. Mental health problems are purely biological or genetic
Mental health problems are not caused only by defective genes or biological chemical imbalance, according to research conducted to date. Any health professional, medical or mental health lawyer who claims otherwise is telling a half-truth.
4. Mental disorders are often difficult and time consuming to be treated
Many times they are told to people with newly diagnosed disorder, such as depression or anxiety, you have to take medication for it. However, when they question your doctor about how long to take the medication, receiving a light answer, such as “as needed”.
Most drugs (with a few notable exceptions, such as those prescribed for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia) prescribed for mental disorders should be taken in the short term (less than one year). Some drugs have withdrawal effects that are often worse than the original problem. Ask your doctor about these issues before taking any medication for a mental disorder.
5. Psychotherapy takes forever and gets into problems of childhood
This is a remnant myth of the last days of psychotherapy. Modern psychotherapy, however, may be short-term oriented solutions. The most common mental health disorders can now be treated in a matter of months instead of years.
6. Can I handle my own mental health problems, and if I cannot, I’m weak
The first part of this statement cannot be both a myth, because most people who have a mental health problem do not seek treatment for it. Rather rely on traditional mechanisms (such as exercising, eating, hanging out with friends, work longer and harder, etc.) to deal with the problem. Many of the diagnosable problems can also be sufficiently mild so that this care is enough.
When these problems, however, become overwhelming despite your efforts to address, is a sure sign that you need extra help.
7. If I admit that I have trouble, everyone will think I’m crazy
Loco is a generic term that has no meaning in this context. Everyone is a little crazy for a period of time. Having a mental disorder does not really mean you’re crazy. It just means you have a problem, similar to a medical condition that requires treatment.
8. Be suicide means I’m crazy
Suicidal feelings are often symptoms of depression or a disorder related humor. Feel suicide does not make you more or less crazy than anyone. Suicidal feelings once you start to receive appropriate care for your depression or another mood disorder disappear.
9. Mental health professionals make a lot of money to people who suffer from these disorders.
In the not too distant past, this was true, but not anymore. In fact, due to the great expansion of managed care in the field of mental health in the last 6-7 years, mental health care is often the least pay. It is well documented that psychiatrists are often the field of medical specialty of lower wages.
Now that freed of these myths about mental health, you’ll be more understanding and take better care of yourself and those around you.