Mental Health Assumptions and Reality

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Stress and mental health is there any relation ?
Stress and mental health is there any relation ?

Mental Health Assumptions and Reality :2
Mental Health Assumptions and Reality

       Mental Health Assumptions and Reality :2

Assuptions 11: 

I can not do anything for a person, with a mental health problem.
Friends and loved ones can make a big difference and be important influences to help, someone get the treatment and services they need by:
  • Reaching out and letting them know, you are available to help.
  • Helping them to access mental health services.
  • Learning and sharing the facts about mental health, especially, if you hear something that isn’t true.
  • Treating them with respect, just as you would anyone else.
  • Refusing to define them by their diagnosis or using labels such as “crazy”

 Assumption 12:

 All Mentally ill People Keep it to Themselves.


Stars and Everyday People Speak Openly About It.

  • This assumption is another result of the popular depiction of mentally ill people as disturbed, reclusive and putting on a front to appear “normal.” 
  • Many sufferers don’t mention their illness because they succumb to the stigma or worry it will get them fired. 
  • There are, however, public or professional environments that welcome people to be open about their struggles with mental illness, those who speak about it are rare, but do exist.
  • There are also celebrities with mental health initiatives such as Dipika Padukon. She has spoken publicly about the challenges of dealing with depression.

Mental Health Assumptions and Reality

Assumption 13: 

Patients with mental illnesses are fundamentally different people.


      Absolutely wrong, They Are Usually Not so different.

  • According to doctors, they have patients, who felt or believed other people felt, they were a fundamentally different type of human, as if having mental illness meant, they were different from birth.
  • The media and film industry exacerbates this feeling of otherness by using extreme cases to portray the mentally ill as people who think and operate differently than others (think “A Beautiful Mind”).
  • It is possible for someone to become mentally ill and then treat that illness.

Assumption 14: 

              Mental Illness Defines the Sufferer.


Not at all. It’s a small part of who, they Are. It is just an illness, should be treated not more than that.

  • Because mental illness directly influences behavior more than medical illnesses, people sometimes see it as a defining trait. 
  • Some experts  highlighted a linguistic tendency for people to more commonly use “he is” language for mental illness rather than “he has” language. 
  • Now consider the opposite: Wouldn’t it be weird if you said “he is cardiac disease” instead of “he has cardiac disease”?  
  • With the vast majority of people who struggle with mental illness, you won’t know they have that burden unless they tell you. 
  • And if they do tell you, know it shouldn’t overshadow everything else you know about them.

Mental Health Assumptions and Reality

Assumption 15: 

People With Mental Illness Are at Fault Because They Don’t Have Enough Willpower to Change.


             People Are Usually Not at Fault.

  • As per mental health expert, people who believe those who struggle with depression can will away their symptoms, but are too lazy and unmotivated to do so.
  • Roughly half of the other mental health professionals have a common misconception about depression and mental illness as a whole.
  • People sometimes exacerbate this by judging the mentally ill as melodramatic or too stubborn to change.
  • Blaming someone for struggling with depression is like telling a woman with breast cancer she is dying because she doesn’t want to live badly enough.
  • Mental or not, illnesses can come without just cause. People can be barreling towards the diagnosis without realizing it. And that’s not the only similarity mental and medical illnesses have.

Mental Health Assumptions and Reality

Assumption 16: 

People Who Look or Act Happy/Normal Aren’t Mentally Ill


        Mentally Ill People Don’t Act or Look a Certain Way.

  • Suppose, family friend who committed suicide despite having a great career and being happily married. 
  • People who don’t understand mental illness look and think, “Everything seems to be going great for him. How could he be depressed?” (Think for Sushant)
  • The face of mental illness can be the same as any other. It doesn’t make people look or behave in any way we are guaranteed to notice or perceive as abnormal. Remember people with mental illness are not “crazy.” 

Assumptions 17:

Prevention doesn’t work. It is impossible to prevent mental illnesses.

Prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders focuses on addressing known risk factors such as exposure to trauma that can affect the chances that children, youth, and young adults will develop mental health problems. Promoting the social-emotional well-being of children and youth leads to:
·         Higher overall productivity
·         Better educational outcomes
·         Lower crime rates
·         Stronger economies
·         Lower health care costs
·         Improved quality of life
·         Increased lifespan
·         Improved family life

 Assumption 18: 

Therapy and self-help are a waste of time. Why bother when you can just take a pill?

  • Treatment for mental health problems varies depending on the individual and could include medication, therapy, or both. 
  • Many individuals work with a support group during the healing and recovery process.

                  What We Can Do?

  • How the situation is currently, you can easily guess that, the top Google image results for “mentally ill people,” include: John Hinckley (the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan), a homeless man, the Aurora shooter, and pictures of Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Shining.”
  • These results reflect the reality of how the public views the mentally ill and makes hurtful, stigmatizing assumptions about them.
  • Once people acknowledge these assumptions and learn to stop making them, they can focus on the  real signs people need help. 
  • If we push hard enough to break the stigma and understand the facts about mental illness, maybe we can push successful mental health warriors like Demi Lovato to the top search result for “mentally ill people.”


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