Myth: Mental illness isn’t real
Because the scars left by a mental illness are invisible from the outside, many people question the legitimacy of mental health disorders. “Not only is this a myth, but it’s really insulting and demeaning to people with these conditions,” says Debbie Plotnick, vice president of mental health and systems advocacy at Mental Health America. Mental illnesses are real conditions that deserve to be taken seriously, and doubting their validity assumes that people suffering from these disorders are faking it, making them feel ashamed of their condition and possibly keeping them from getting the help they need. These are the silent signs you could have an anxiety disorder.
Myth: No one I know struggles with their mental health
Mental health conditions are way more common than you might realize, and chances are you likely know someone grappling with one. Mentalhealth.gov estimates that 1 in 5 American adults has suffered from a mental health issue, and 1 in 25 adults has experienced a severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Additionally, depression claims more than 41,000 lives each year, as the leading cause of suicide. These shocking statistics prove that it’s time to understand the urgency of the issue. Know the warning signs, and watch out for the clear symptoms of depression.