5 myths about mental health (and the real facts you need to know)

Tbh, all the mental health discourse on social media is a breeding ground for misinformation. And with *so* many myths about mental health out there, it can be difficult to differentiate fact from fiction. We're here to help debunk some of the most common misconceptions...

Myth #1: "She has everything! She can't be depressed".

Fact: Mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of how "good" or "bad" their life may appear. 

Though stress and everyday factors can contribute to mental illness, it can also be the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. And *no one* is immune to that.

Myth #2: People with depression are lazy. 

Fact: Depression can affect sleep, motivation, interest in activities and more. 

People suffering from depression don't stay in bed because they are lazy and don't want to contribute to anything. Whether their depression is chemical or situational, the symptoms of their illness affect their ability to complete tasks, no matter how easy they seem to someone else.

Myth #3: You can't experience mental illness at a young age. 

Fact: Nearly 50% of adolescents have experienced a mental disorder.

A study by the National Institute of Health showed that 49.5% of adolescents ages 13-18 have experienced a mental disorder. Illnesses such as depression and anxiety do not discriminate based on age (which is why it's more essential than ever to check in with your friends who may be suffering in silence).

Myth #4: You only need to focus on your mental health if you are suffering from an illness.

Fact: Everyone should prioritize their mental health.

Whether you feel like you have a clinical mental illness or not, taking care of your mental health goes hand in hand with taking care of your physical health. Everyone struggles with something related to mental health—from having anxiety before that big math test, stage fright the night of the school musical or going through your first heartbreak. It's important to do what you can to take care of your mental health, even if you don't have a diagnosis.

Myth #5: You can't heal from having a mental illness.

Fact: While illness might not go away, there are things you can do to cope with it and grow as a person.

With the help of doctors, loved ones and a treatment plan, you *can* learn healthy coping strategies to help you make it through whatever struggles are in your way.

If you or a loved one are struggling with their mental health, visit the National Institute of Mental Illness or reach out to a trusted adult.

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by Karigan Wright | 12/21/2023