Some myths about mental illness


I was reading some interesting facts today on the internet about myths of mental health .they were written by Catherine Roberts, not sure who she is but she has some interesting facts I will share here.

Current day society often doesn’t see the forest for the trees when it comes to deciphering mental health myths from real facts.

In fact, the stigmas that surround mental illness hinder our understanding about many of the mental disorders that are prevalent today -such as depression, anxiety and mood disorders, bipolar disorder and more. She has explained  here some common misnomers concerning mental illness.

  1. Mental illness  are Genetic  It is easy to paint all mental health disorders with the same brush, but the idea that mental health problems are predisposed biologically or genetically is a large mistruth, according to Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior  Medical Adviser at Toronto ‘s Centre for addiction and mental health.  When you think about the variation of mental health issues – mood disorders, personality disorders, sexual disorders, anxiety disorders, impulse control issues – you can suddenly understand how all issues can’t possible originate from one genetic source. Each disorder has its own characteristics and underlying causes or combination of causes, like mental trauma, physical illness, abuse, a brain injury and yes even a family history of mental health can play into this equation.  Claiming all mental illnesses are all the same is just like saying that all cancers are the same says Dr. David Goldbloom who astutely points our that the causes , symptoms features , and treatments for these diseases all vastly differ.
  2. Being mentally ill and mental disabled are the same.     While a mental disability is characterized by an impaired  intellectual and oftentimes social function – patients with mental illness can suffer from impaired thought processes, physical and emotional function , as well as the ability to relate to environments and others. And while some mental illnesses may impair memory , lowered intellect has nothing to do with it. In fact , mental health professors at Dalhousie University in Halifax maintain that the majority of those suffering with mental disorders are creative, working and productive members of society.
  3. I can’t do anything to help mental health patients.   Sure you can, like any other medical issue fomr a mental health issue need our support, especially considering less than 40 percent of adults with a diagnosable mental health issue seek out and receive treatment. Why is the number so low? Perhaps the stigma attached to mental health makes the majority of sufferers ashamed to ask for help. This is why the support and understanding of family and friends is a good first step to seeking help and treatment services.
  4. Mental illnesses Patients are Dangerous.   Not true, in fact reports from the CAMH in Toronto indicate that only5-percent Add to dictionary  acts  are perpetrated by individuals with mental health disorders. However, those suffering from a mental health disorder are 10 times more likely to become the victim of violent crime. The reality is that majority of individuals with mental illness are active members of society with no violence tendencies whatsoever. Also, it should be noted that in cases where violence does occur, the individual with mental illness is most often using alcohol, drugs or placed in a severely threatened state.

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