Over recent years mental health has started gaining importance. People have started talking about it more openly than ever before.
Although the topic receives increasing attention and research, there are still many myths and misconceptions associated with mental health.
Sadly, there is still a significant stigma attached to mental health conditions, with much of this relying on old-fashioned thinking and outdated assumptions. As with many things in life, the more information we are armed with, the less likely we are to allow myths to color our opinions.
In my opinion, I think the biggest myth about mental health is that – Mental health illness can never be cured.
It lingers on with the patient forever.
This is not at all true.
Mental health disorders can definitely be treated. Recovery means different to different people. Some might view recovery as a relief from symptoms while others might consider recovery as a return to their normal daily routine.
Some patients are treated so well that they return back to the normalcy in which they lived before the episode of a mental health disorder.
Some people think that mental health disorders are uncommon and that they rarely occur.
Bursting this myth I would like to throw light on the fact that 1 in every 4 all over the world suffer from mental health issue at some point in their life.
It is really sad to see people go inside a shell and cut themselves off from their close confidants due to the immense pressure and stigma related to mental disorders.
There are number of people who think that people with mental disorders are extremes and are violent.
This in practicality means that 1 in 4 people bash people up, throw tantrums and are bunch of maniacs who don’t know their boundaries! Is that the case in reality??
Not all patients demonstrate this behaviour.
It is true that some people with a particular mental illness can become violent and unpredictable. But it is true for a small percentage of people suffering from mental disorders.
Another old myth goes like people with mental health illness cannot work.
This is entirely false.
It is true that someone living with a particularly severe mental health condition might be unable to carry out regular work.
However, the majority of people with mental health issues can be as productive as individuals without mental health disorders.
The next time you come across a mental health patient, please do listen to him / her.
Lend a patient ear.
Do not try to belittle them.
Make them feel comfortable and extend a helping hand in their times of struggle.
It may not mean much to you, but it means the world to them.