Mental Illness is one of the most misunderstood concepts in health history. Many individuals assume that a person is seeking attention or they should just "get over" whatever they're experiencing, but mental illness is real. It is not the fault of poor parenting, low income or religious beliefs. Our brains are just as susceptible to diseases just like any other organ in our body. We have to take time to understand just how much stigma and myth prevents a person from getting the necessary treatment.
Below are some common misperceptions about mental illness
Myth: People rarely experience mental illness Fact:Mental illnesses are more common than heart disease, diabetes or cancer. More than five million Americans experience an acute episode of mental illness
Myth: Mental illness is the result of poor parenting Fact: Experts have determined that a genetic susceptibility, combined with other risk factors, can lead to a psychiatric disorder
Myth: Children do not suffer from mental disorders Fact: 12 million children or more suffer from mental disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and even Depression
Myth: If you have a mental illness, you have the power to will it away Fact: Serious mental illness cannot be "willed" away. Ignoring the problem does not make it go away. Just like any other medical condition, serious mental illness requires treatment. The same statement would not be said for someone living with cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
Myth: If someone looks or acts strange it means they are violent and you should call 911 Fact: Contrary to media sensationalism, people living with mental illness are no more prone to violence than anyone else in the general public. In fact, people living with a mental health condition are more likely to be targets of violence.
Myth: If a person has depression it , and people who are depressed could just snap out of it if they tried hard enough. Fact: Depression has nothing to do with being lazy or weak. It results from changes in brain chemistry or brain function, and medication and/or psychotherapy often help people to recover.
Myth: Mental illness is not a physical disease Fact: Mental illnesses are neurological brain disorders and with the proper treatment people can recovery just as they can with other treatable illnesses and effective care.