The Mental Health dialogue has changed over the past few years. Unfortunately, some of the talk includes myths and misguided information.
Today we are going to discuss some Mental Health Myths and gain insight that we previously did not have, which can help us grow!
- Myth #1: Children do not experience Mental Health Difficulties
The truth is that children can start displaying warning signs of mental health issues at a very early age. Many times parents ignore these signs and assume that their child is experiencing a phase, and they believe as parents, they have to let the phase play out.
Unfortunately, “ignoring the signs” and “letting phases play out” can sometimes be a detrimental action to take. Not getting children the help they need early on can eventually lead to more difficulties down the road, as they reach adolescence and adulthood.
If your child feels stuck in a difficult emotional place, and giving things a little time doesn’t seem to offer relief, giving that child a hand – through counseling – may prove a very helpful next step.
- Myth #2. People that suffer from Mental health issues cannot hold down a job
People that have mental health concerns are very capable of functioning and even thriving in a work environment.
In most cases, you may not even know if one or more of your coworkers have some sort of Mental Health issue. These struggles are not stamped across any one person’s forehead, labeling them incompetent or unstable.
Generally, those that are actively seeking treatment can efficiently function and succeed at work and many other environments!
- Myth #3: People that have a Mental Illness are aggressive
On the contrary, research suggests that people with Mental Illness, even severe Mental Illness, are more likely to be victims of violence, rather than the wrongdoers.
Yes, there are people that have a Mental Illness and may be violent, but there are usually other factors, such as substance abuse and lack of treatment, at play.
The fact is that there is no direct correlation between Mental Illness and violence; there are too many factors and outside influences to make that determination.
- Myth #4: You cannot prevent Mental Illness
I am not saying that all Mental Illness can be prevented; there are situations where genetics and brain development play a more significant role in the development of Mental Illness compared to environmental factors and experiences.
But the truth is there are steps that can be taken to significantly lessen the possibility that Mental Illness developing in children and in adults. To do so, you must be aware of how you and those around you are feeling, and see if any heavy feelings are moved through or if they seem to linger. If they persist, getting help from a professional can be a key factor in building a resiliency that lasts a lifetime.
Although the dialogue has intensified regarding Mental Health concerns, the misconceptions have not entirely been eliminated. It’s helpful to distinguish between the facts and fiction of Mental Health.