Many people give the final judgment as ‘it’s the devil’s satanic’ for mental illness, they do not want to accept it as a disorder. But mental illness is really a disorder and many people have a misconception about it, which could further disrupt the life of the mental patient. In this article, here are 10 wrong ideas were about mental illness.
* Misconception: Psychological illness doesn’t exist really
Since the loss of mental illness is not seen outside, many people question the validity of mental health disorders. It’s not just a misconception, it’s actually humiliating and disrespectful for people suffering from mental health problems, said Mental Health, Vice President of American Mental Health and Systems Advocacy, Debi Platnik. Mental illness should also be taken seriously, and doubt about the validity of this disease means that people suffering from this problem are acting or pretending to be something national, which makes the mental patient more ashamed and they are far from getting the help they need.
* Misconception: I have not seen any psychiatric patient
Mental illness is more common than your concept and someone you know may be suffering from mental health problems at your knowledge. According to Mental Health Gov, one in five Americans suffers from any psychological problem, and 25 suffer from a severe mental illness (such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder) among Americans. Besides, 40,000 people suffer from depression every year, which is the main cause of suicide. This statistic has shown that mental illness should be given importance.
* Misconception: Children are not mentally ill
Many people do not think that children can also suffer from mental problems. But at least 50 percent of mental illness starts at 14 years of age. Although many of them may take many years to determine the illness. Mental illness can happen to anyone at any age.
* Misconception: Psychiatric illness is not good for medical treatment
Some people think that various types of mental health disorders (such as medicines, therapies, and others) are ineffective. But Platinist said that these treatments are incredibly effective or effective, especially when the treatment begins at the initial stage of the illness. The person from the medical personnel may be different, it is one-size-fits-away from all. But the treatment options for this disorder means that every patient can find any therapy that will help him feel better.
* Misconception: Medical treatment should not be treated until it is very bad
It is often confused whether people with mental illness will take treatment. They think that it was not bad enough to take therapy and medicines. But Plotnik says it is a completely wrong idea. You can get rid of this problem as soon as you get treatment. According to Mental Health First Aid Colorado, the most effective time to start treatment is 12 to 17 years of age before experiencing acute psychotic episodes. Treating this problem at an early stage will reduce the chances of experiencing such a serious condition and it will be easy to control this illness.
* Misconception: There is a mental illness due to sin
Mental illness is not the result of a person’s sin or fault. It can be anybody’s age – how old it is, what sex it is, it’s no matter what group or nation or class it is. There is no guilt or shame for mental illness. It is said that a person’s mental illness is due to someone’s personal weakness or fault, applying such a scandal to mental patients makes them mentally disturbed. The patient should not be blamed for it, for example, genetic, low-food, or significant changes in life.
* Misconception: Psychological problems should be kept secret
Since many people have negative thoughts (stigma) about mental illness, so many patients think that their condition would be best-kept secret. Platinist said that to overcome Stigma, public awareness should be developed and it should be understood by all that there is no relation between self-esteem with mental illness. Mental problems are not a matter of shame. The problem should not be confidential, it should be the expert.
* Misconception: The mental patients are aggressive
The idea of a stereotype is that patients with mental illness are very violent and aggressive, but statistics say other things. According to Mental Health America, 95 to 97 percent of the terrible crimes happen by people who are not mentally ill. Plotnik says that most psychiatric patients never behave violently. Mental health dot gov has confirmed that those who are suffering from acute psychological problems are 10 times more likely to experience violins.
* Misconception: Mental illness cannot be prevented
The rate of mental illness is increasing day by day and it can attack anyone – regardless of their risk factors. But Platnik says there are numerous ways to reduce the risk of any mental illness. According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the most important steps to prevent mental illness is to track your health, to notice that any symptoms of mental illness are manifested and going to the doctor for a regular checkup. Healthy lifestyle compliance, adequate sleep, good eating, and regular exercise will also reduce the risk of developing mental illness.
* Misconception: Parents are responsible for mental illness
When signs of mental illness start to appear in a child, many parents feel guilty for it. Protesting against Platnik, the family is usually a strong source of support for a child with a mental illness, and in the meantime, they first notice something unusual for the child. Family trauma, such as death or divorce, can increase the risk of developing a child’s mental illness, but this illness is not a direct result of parenting methods.