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A painful truth? The world gets a lot wrong about mental health. While there is an increasing amount of awareness being raised across the internet, there are still long-held beliefs, biases, and popular opinions that pose a threat to those who truly struggle with their mental health.
Here are a few common misconceptions, debunked...
Lie: There is nothing you can do to improve your mental health.
Truth: There are steps you can take to care for and improve your mental health.
Many people wrongly believe that you're either mentally healthy or you're not. The belief that there is nothing you can do to improve or care for your mental health can be dangerous — it can lead you to ignore or neglect your mental health when there are plenty of treatment options available.
The truth about mental health is that you can take practical steps to care for and improve it. Lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity, getting more sleep, and improving your nutrition are all practical things that can positively impact the state of your mental health. Therapy and — in some cases, medication — can also help.
Lie: Mental illness is a sign of mental weakness.
Truth: Mental health can be impacted by a wide range of factors — anyone can struggle with mental health issues.
Another dangerous belief about mental health is that mental illness is the same as mental weakness. This belief is dangerous because it can cause you to avoid seeking help. If you believe that struggling with your mental health is a sign of weakness it can lead to shame, isolation, and whole host of other serious consequences.
The truth about mental health is that it is a combination of factors — your genetics, physical condition, home environment, culture, and a number of other elements can impact your mental health at different times in your life. There are many people who have attained success and are at the top of their given professions who struggle with their mental health. Their struggles and their success show that it is possible to be mentally strong and still deal with mental health issues.
Lie: Medication is the only way to deal with mental health issues.
Truth: There are a number of options that can be effective in caring for your mental health.
Some people avoid seeking help for mental health because they wrongly believe that medication is the only way to deal with mental health issues. Medication can help improve mental health in a number of situations, but it is by no means the only option.
The truth about mental health is that it should always be approached with multi-faceted treatment plan. A multi-faceted approach may include a combination of factors such as lifestyle changes, one-on-one talk therapy, group therapy, education, or medication.
There is still a lot about mental health that the world gets wrong. Do not let the misconceptions of others deter you from seeking out the help you need.