Myths about mental health are dangerous to everyone, because they stop people from getting the care they need. Getting treatment for a mental health problem is no different from getting treatment for any medical condition. You wouldn’t avoid seeing the doctor for treatment for heart disease or OBGYN care, and you should approach your mental health care the same way. Here are the facts behind some common myths about mental health.
Myth: Mental health problems are rare
The fact is that mental health problems are exceedingly common. When the US Department of Health and Human Services tracked mental health statistics for 2014, they found that:
1 in 5 adults dealt with a mental health issue of some sort
1 in 10 young people lived through a time of major depression
1 in 25 people had a serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
Mental health problems affect families all over the country, of all walks of life, and they impact people of all ages. Like any other illness, some people have mental health issues and some people don’t.
Myth: People with mental health problems are weak
Mental health problems are not character flaws or signs of that a person is weak or lazy. Several different factors can contribute to mental health issues, such as:
Brain chemistry imbalances
Physical illness and injury
History of trauma or abuse
Family history of mental health problems
Most people with mental illness have a combination of factors that come together to cause their disease, but character issues are never one of them.
Myth: There are no treatments for mental health problems
In reality, there are more treatments for mental health problems than ever before, and today’s treatments provide effective care with a minimum of side effects. Most physicians use a combination of treatments to control symptoms and help patients enjoy the lives they want to live.
Don’t suffer in silence with mental illness. The compassionate providers at Riverside Community Hospital are here to help when you or your loved one experiences mental health issues. Find out more about our hospital in Riverside and get a physician referral by calling us anytime at (951) 788-3463.
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