Mental illnesses aren’t really “illnesses”- this is perhaps one of the most common fallacies that hinder treatment (of essentially “mental” conditions)—at so many levels. Most likely we– at least– at some point of time have come across people who have actually gone on to experience some mental condition or the other. Yet, nowhere in the world is mental health totally free from stigma.
In the course of the post today we will explore a string of myths associated with mental illness. Read on to find out about the same and make sure someone around you (experiencing similar conditions) is not falling prey to these misconceptions.
Mental Illness: Debunking a Few Myths
If we are not even ready to see mental illness as an illness then there will be no efforts towards cure as well. The reality is mental illness is essentially a condition that needs proper treatment – simply because it doesn’t go away on its own. It’s erroneous to think that only physical injuries or health conditions need to be addressed medically. What is a mild mental discrepancy today might as well lead to graver conditions including depression and prolonged distress, if left unattended. Documented below are the other myths about mental health that need to be addressed and consequently done away with.
#Myth 1: Mental illness is essentially a flaw in character
What kind of complains do you have against your loved one? Your kid doesn’t like socializing much! Your partner likes to lock himself up in a room after coming back from work. Your friend’s adolescent son doesn’t talk to visitors or even exchange pleasantries. Problems. Too many to count but not the ones that cannot be addressed. Don’t see them as essential character flaws but mental conditions that can be essentially detrimental for the future of the sufferers. Your friend’s son is not rude but distressed. Your kid might not be “anti-social” but just disturbed about some or the other “social” experience – memories of which keep haunting him but are hidden from you. Spare a thought?
#Myth 2: People with mental illnesses are dangerous
Schizophrenic people are not essentially violent. Depressed people are not lazy. They are battling themselves to beat these unsettling complications but without help it’s the diseases that successfully end up overpowering them. It’s their efforts to bounce back to normal lives that are impacting their day to day activities. Proper counselling is what they need and not your ignorance or disdain.
Kindly note that unlike what’s mostly shown in movies, very little violence is caused by people who are mentally ill (schizophrenia is often associated with violence). In fact, they are more often likely to be the victims of violence instead of being the perpetrators themselves.
#Myth 3: Mental Illnesses can never affect you!
You are not the only one who perhaps thinks that he/she is immune to mental disturbances. There are many like you. All of us are prone to mental conditions that may or may not take the shape of disease depending on the kind of treatment we receive at home, workplace, clinic and the society.