Every day, people all across the country grapple with the challenges of living with a mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that 1 in 5 American adults has some form of mental illness.
One in every 20 adults has a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or chronic major depression.
Mental illness does not discriminate. People of all ages, IQs, social class, and income levels can develop a mental illness. Like any other serious illness that humans get, mental illness is not the fault of the person afflicted.
Even though mental health and mental illness are becoming more understood, widespread misunderstandings, shame, and stigma are still attached to those afflicted. For this reason, we will also address some of the myths about mental illness.
Breaking the Myths of Mental Illness
Many common myths about mental health may frighten those who don’t understand mental illness and encourage those with mental illness to seek help.
Dispelling such misconceptions helps break the stigmas of mental illness and create a culture where anyone with a mental illness will feel comfortable in society and seek help if necessary. Also, learning about mental illness helps everyone collectively understand and accept mental illness.
Here are three common myths about mental illness.
People With Mental Illness Are Crazy or Dangerous
Yes, severe psychiatric mental illnesses can completely detach one from reality. Such cases are often sensationalized in books and movies such as Psycho. However, most mental illness is entirely treatable. Therefore, treatment may be necessary to regulate emotions and balance moods.
Most people who receive treatment for mental illness look and act completely normal. They are not a bad person, crazy, violent, or dangerous. According to NAMI, only 5% of violent crimes in the U.S. are committed by people with a serious mental illness.
It’s no surprise that mental illness comes with challenges, but it shouldn’t stop anyone from living a full life. Despite challenges, those with mental illness go to school, pursue careers, start a family, and enjoy life like anyone else
Psychiatric Meds are Bad
Like any other medical condition, a mental illness usually requires medication. For instance, people with diabetes need insulin.
Those who don’t understand the psychiatric medicine used to treat mental illness may think it’s harmful or refer to it as “happy pills” and an easy way for those with mental illness to avoid their problems.
Medication is a matter of life and death for some people with mental illness. For others, like those with mild to moderate conditions such as depression, anxiety, or ADHD, medication eases symptoms so they can function normally.
Proper medication combined with regular therapy will significantly improve the quality of life for someone with mental illness.
Getting Help Is a Sign of Weakness
No one with a mental illness is weak or deficient. Yet, admitting problems related to living with a mental illness is not easy. It takes strength and courage for someone with a mental illness to seek help by opening up to someone. Thus, doing so helps alleviate the stigmas, increase awareness, and promote an overall understanding of mental health.
It’s empowering for someone with mental illness to seek help. The perceptions of others should never deter one from reaching out for help. No one should suffer needlessly, no matter what condition they are afflicted with. Moving forward with a treatment plan in a place of compassion and healing is the first step toward ultimate recovery.
No one is frowned upon for getting physical check-ups or procedures. Taking care of one’s mental health should be no different than caring for one’s physical health.
Treatment is Life Changing
Seeking help and moving forward with a treatment plan may seem daunting and overwhelming. However, the benefits of mental health treatment go far beyond the individual. Consequently, untreated mental illness comes with high social and economic costs.
Through therapy and medication, mental health patients will learn to balance their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with their illness.
The benefits of mental health treatment will become apparent, including:
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- Improved communication skills
- Learned coping and decision-making skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Deeper insight and self-awareness
- Better personal relationships
- Learned healthy eating habits for peak health
- Eliminating bad habits such as drugs or alcohol
- Supportive people who care and understand
- An overall sense of peace and wellness
Proper treatment can help eliminate the unnecessary suffering and stigmas associated with those who have mental illness. Undoubtedly, the more mentally sound people, the healthier families, relationships, and society are overall.
Celebrate Wellness With Enlightened Solutions
Deciding to seek treatment and work towards a better you is a significant moment in your life, whether you are seeking treatment for a mental illness, an addiction, or a dual diagnosis (co-occurring) mental disorder. Overcoming the challenges of living with mental illness can help you achieve the lasting wellness you deserve.
Enlighted Solutions offers integrative holistic healing treatments connecting the mind, body, spirit, and earth. Not only do we not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, we take great pride in customizing each patient’s treatment plan. Hence, your treatment is tailor-made just for you.
Our compassionate, professional team is here to help you navigate your way from mental illness to mental wellness for the rest of your life. A joyous world of health and happiness awaits you.
Contact us today and get the answers you need to start your journey to wellness.