It’s time to dispel some of the myths surrounding mental health. Too often, people believe that mental health problems are imaginary or that they’re a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Mental health problems are real, and they can affect anyone – regardless of age, gender, or background. Fortunately, these problems are also treatable, and there is no shame in seeking help. Here are some common myths about mental health, and the truth behind them:
Myth #1: It’s too costly.
There are numerous assistance programs for employees to help cover sessions with a therapist or counselor. You can also use your insurance but check first if they would cover it. If these don’t work, you can always look for a therapist that offers services for a discounted rate.
If ever a psychiatrist will prescribe medication for your mental health needs, ask your psychiatrist about other affordable alternatives. After getting to know your options, you can use the Internet at your discretion to differentiate between the medications.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health disorder, there is help available. There are many resources available to those who need help, including hotlines, support groups, and therapy. Buzzrx bee blog about medications, healthcare, and health insurance is also an excellent resource.
Myth #2: Children don’t experience any mental health problems.
Like adults, children are also susceptible to having mental health problems. Remember that children are humans too, and they feel strong feelings like adults. Even very young children would show early signs of mental health concerns, usually clinically diagnosable.
These concerns are generally a product of their interaction with biological, social, and psychological factors.
Myth #3: Going to a psychologist’s office is a sign of fragility.
Sensing that you need help is a sign of your strength. Remember that you aren’t alone in what you feel; many individuals feel overwhelmed, and many are going through a depressed mood. We all need a licensed psychologist to help guide us on the correct path, not to create bad habits, e.g., suicidal tendencies or self-sabotage.
Myth #4: Mental health care is just for crazy individuals.
First, avoid calling individuals with legitimate mental health problems as “crazy.” These individuals have disorders; the neurotransmitters in their brain and other external factors cause these individuals to develop a condition. It’s like a sickness, so treat them with kindness and avoid calling them derogatory words like crazy since it’s pretty offensive.
Lastly, many successful individuals go to therapy since seeking medical help is sane. This fourth myth is a common misconception among people. Think about it this way; you wouldn’t consider getting a regular health checkup only for sick individuals, right? Both physical and mental health checkups are for everyone.
Myth #5: I can watch the videos of psychologists on TikTok.
When booking a session, everything will be about you. A therapist will account for everything about you when helping you and giving advice or recommendations. On the TikTok videos that psychologists post, while it may be helpful, it’s too broad to take the advice.
Most videos will help you realize that you ‘may’ have a problem, but there isn’t a video that helps you through that. The best thing you can do is go directly to a psychologist, counselor, or therapist that would best guide you in your journey.
Myth #6: People with mental health issues are violent and unpredictable.
The majority of individuals with diagnosed mental health disorders don’t resort to violence. The people who suffer from disorders are the victims of violence themselves. You may probably know or work with someone who has mental health issues since most people are highly productive and active members of communities.
Myth #7: If a person develops a mental health illness, it means that the person has a low IQ.
Mental illness, just like a physical illness, can manifest in every race, age, social class, income level, and intelligence bracket. It won’t matter how high one’s intelligence is.
Myth #8: People with mental health issues can’t manage their illness, job, and responsibilities.
As mentioned above, your co-workers, family members, or friends may have mental disorders. People with mental health problems are just as productive as other members of society. They are often praised for good attendance, punctuality, good work, etc., by other employees.
Myth #9: Mental disorders cannot be cured.
Most individuals recover from their disorders when mental health illnesses are treated appropriately and early while receiving the right kind of help. They won’t experience any episodes of illness for a long time.
Therapists encourage a consistent healthy lifestyle and a strong will to overcome their disorders and manage the symptoms they experience.
Myth #10: People are born with a mental illness.
The vulnerability to develop mental health problems can be passed through genetics. People without a family history of mental illnesses can also develop a disorder. Many factors would contribute to the manifestation of the disorders, e.g., sexual abuse, war, physical abuse, social isolation, drug misuse, severe stress, etc.
Sadly, some individuals still believe in these myths, despite how developed we are today in 2022. Thus, be the change this world needs, learn the truth about the myths we have today, and share what you learned with your peers.
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