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Unfortunately, there are stigmas and biases that exist concerning mental health conditions. This is because people either choose to remain ignorant about the seriousness of these conditions or because mental health issues are not fully understood. It’s amazing that even though these issues occur very commonly, the facts regarding them tend to become twisted and then one ends up with fabricated information.
The following paragraphs explain some mental health myths and how they've been misconstrued.
Mental health conditions are difficult to treat
Even though the causes of most mental health conditions are not fully understood, it doesn’t mean that treatment protocols are ineffective. In fact, many conditions have well researched treatment modalities which have been clinically proven to not only be effective, but also offer a very good long-term prognosis for the patient.
The best treatment combination still remains psychotherapy with pharmacological intervention for most conditions. If being physically present for counseling sessions is difficult, then online therapy support is also a viable alternative.
Willpower alone is more than enough to help combat mental health conditions
Self-discipline and willpower are very important parts of the personality which help to overcome mental health conditions but these alone aren’t enough to help deal with the issue at hand. Mental health illnesses aren’t character flaws that one can just overcome by trying to think them away. They are illnesses which occur because of hormonal level changes that physically occur in the brain.
Outside help, as mentioned above, is necessary to help deal with these issues in the acute phase of the illness. As time goes on and the acute issues are corrected, then one can use willpower to help maintain the favourable outcome.
People with mental health issues are unpredictable and violent individuals
This is absolute rubbish. In fact, people who suffer from mental health conditions are more likely to be victims of violent behaviour such as assault or abuse. Anyone can become prone to mental health issues but there does seem to be a genetic factor involved that makes some people more susceptible to these conditions than others.
People with certain mental health conditions can become violent but these are individuals where their illness has resulted in them becoming out of touch with reality. In other words, they can’t be held accountable for their actions as they aren’t in control of their state of mind during such a scenario.
People diagnosed with mental health conditions can’t recover from their illnesses
Most mental health conditions can be managed successfully to the point of full recovery and patients are then able to lead a fully functional and normal life. Numerous studies have been done on patients doing well after receiving the correct and appropriate treatment for their related illnesses.
The exceptions, which unfortunately do exist, seem to be illnesses such as chronic depression and autism. The reason for this isn't well understood but research is still being done to try and unravel this mystery.
Patients with mental conditions are insane individuals
Insanity is defined as having such a severe mental illness that the patient can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality.
In most mental conditions, the patients are well aware of their surroundings and reality but they are dealing with mood or anxiety related issues. Therefore these conditions don’t even apply to the definition of insanity and yet all mental health patients seem to be labeled as insane.