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misconceptions about mental illness

Mental illness has always been misunderstood. Anything related to mental health disorders was considered taboo, even talking about it was found to be uncomfortable by a lot of people. Generally, the people were not comfortable having conversations related to mental health or share their struggles with mental illnesses. The so-called media or social media didn’t play its role in spreading the right information regarding mental health. Recently, due to the advancements and awareness in this domain, disorders related to mental illness and topics related to mental health are discussed more openly and widely. Consequently, rumors and a lot of misunderstandings related to mental illnesses were cleared.

Despite this progress, still there are several misconceptions related to mental health disorders that are believed to be true by many people and they spread it to others too. In this article, we will discuss these misconceptions.


Everyone with mental illnesses is a mad person.

These terms like ‘crazy’, ‘mad’, and ‘insane’ are used to refer to a person having any mental illness. These terms are quite painful words that feed into traditional stereotypes of health disorders. Such words give an idea that having a mental illness is wild, uncontrollable, and scary. However, in reality, mental health-related disorders and mental illnesses fall on a broader spectrum and can range from mild to severe and can be intermittent in nature. These terms are frequently associated with symptoms of psychosis such as hallucinations and delusions but these signs and symptoms only seem to be present in a specific illness of mental health.

You cannot get better if you have a mental illness.

As part of the common misconceptions, it Is believed that if someone has a mental disorder, he will be suffering from it forever. Although to some extent it is true as few mental illnesses will be there for a long time, but the treatment can aid the people to learn how to cope up and better manage their symptoms, and get more control over their mental illness. In some cases, proper therapy can help people overcome their illness entirely. Other disorders of mental health can be short-term by nature and go away eventually with time.


People with mental illness are unable to function normally in society

It is probably one of the most popular and most widespread rumors associated with mental health disorders like depression is that it makes a person unable to properly function in society. Although some mental illnesses can be quite problematic and cause impairment in a person’s daily life activities, the majority of people with mental disorders still function well and as productive members of society, The remaining ones who couldn't function well can receive the required treatment and eventually they would be a responsible citizen of the society as well. Most of the people with mental illness do have a job, have a family, and seem completely normal. They are suffering only in very limited aspects of their life.


In today’s world when depression and other mental health illnesses are not taboo anymore and people are seeking the required treatments for the wellness and wellbeing of their mind, it is of vital importance to support those with diagnosed mental health illnesses as with little support from others and treatment, they can return to their normal state.

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