5 myths about mental illness completely debunked

How This MIT Student Is Fighting The Stigma Of Mental Illness
How This MIT Student Is Fighting The Stigma Of Mental Illness


As the video above clearly shows, having mental illness can lead to some seriously negative stigmas and stereotypes. Often times, when people learn of another person's mental illness they immediately jump to certain conclusions without proper research or getting accurate facts. Sadly, it's common for outsiders to become frightened of those with mental illness or believe that they will suffer from it forever.

Typically, these and several other myths are not correct or validated. Today, thanks to a little help from our friends at The Huffington Post, we're getting to the bottom of 5 of the most common myths about mental illness and why they're simply not true. Take a look below.

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1) It's contagious
Though some studies suggest that emotions can very well be contagious, mental illness does not fall under that category, operating as a cold or flu.

2) Mental illness is an indication of violence
A 2014 study actually found that people with mental health problems are likely to be victims of violent crimes than the ones committing them.

3) Mental illness is all in your head
There are very real physical symptoms such as depression and a weakened immune system that should not simply be brushed off.

4) Mental illness stems from a bad childhood
While life experiences certainly can play a role, other research suggests that some mental health disorders may be caused by chemical imbalances in the body.

5) You can't recover from mental health issues
In reality, treatment varies for everyone. Therapy, medication and support are all tools in aiding a mental health disorder.

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