CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MENTAL HEALTH MYTH AND FACT?
DEC 12, 2018 @8.29 PM
Mental health problems are rare.
As many as one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives.
Depression will usually resolve spontaneously in two three months.
Depression is persistent and may take up to two years for spontaneous recovery.
Once you feel better, you can stop taking psychiatric medications.
Almost all patients with psychiatric illness benefit from ongoing treatment for a period of time and sometimes for the rest of their lives to prevent relapses and recurrences just like diabetes and heart disease patients.
Psychiatric illness is a result of bad relationships.
All psychiatric illnesses have a genetic component and an environmental component, bad relationships being only one of several possible causes.
Treatment for psychiatric illness is a cop-out for weak people.
Treatment is necessary for psychiatric illnesses like it is for other medical illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.
People with psychiatric illness have a weak character or inadequate coping skills.
Psychiatric illnesses are medical illnesses with biological, environmental and psychosocial causes like all other illnesses.
Mental disorders only affect adults.
About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14.
Mental illness in children is caused by bad parenting.
Like adults, mental illness in children may be due to biological, environmental and psychosocial factors.
Mental disorders have no effect on physical health.
Mental disorders increase the risk of getting ill from other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and others.
Depression and other psychiatric disorders will just go away with time.
Psychiatric disorder will likely persist if left untreated can affect health outcomes.
Courtesy of Global Medical Association
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