Over the last couple of years, people have started having conversations about mental health and its importance. For years it was sidelined, however; gradually mental well-being is receiving the attention that was always required. It has indeed moved out of the shadows.
Many myths are associated with mental well-being. A certain section of society still has a stigma around mental health conditions. In this article, let us debunk some common myths about mental health/ mental illness.
First things first!
What is Mental Health?
When we talk about mental health, it includes our emotional, social, and psychological well-being. It impacts the way we act, feel, and think. Mental health is imperative at every stage of life.
Both mental and physical health are important parts of overall health. It is crucial to understand that the mental health of a person can change over time and is dependent on several factors. It’s simple when the demand exceeds the resource or coping ability of an individual, it impacts their mental health.
Following are some of the common factors that lead to mental illness:
- Biological factors
- Adverse life experiences at an early stage of life. For example, sexual assault, child abuse, etc.
- Any ongoing chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer, etc.
- The feeling of isolation/loneliness
- Use of drugs or alcohol
Myths vs Facts- Mental Health
People often focus on physical workouts and neglect mental well-being. Let us now discuss some of the common myths around mental health:
Mental health care is important only for those who have a mental health condition.
Mental well-being is important for every human being. People should always take the right steps toward promoting their well-being and also improve their mental health. Everyone needs to be actively engaged in health habits and optimize overall health.
A person who has mental health conditions implies a low intelligence quotient.
Just like physical illness at times mental illness can also impact anyone regardless of social class, intelligence, or income level.
Mental health is not an issue for teenagers.
Mental health is important for everyone. No matter what age group you belong to, at any point in life, anyone can struggle with a mental health condition. There is no age or group bar to it.
Mental health issue has no cure or treatment.
There are various ways in which people can secure themselves from developing any mental health condition. One can include strengthening emotional and social skills, seeking support or help, develop a warm and supportive relationship. Above all, have a healthy routine.
Mental health issue is faced only by those who are weak.
Anyone can face a mental health issue. It ideally has nothing to do with strong or low willpower. It's important to understand it is not a condition that people have a choice. It's crucial to recognize the acceptance of mental health conditions require utmost courage. Fighting a mental health condition is the greatest sign of strength.
Bad parenting leads to a not-so-good mental health condition.
There could be various reasons contributing to an individual's mental health conditions. It could be unemployment, a financial crisis, a failed relationship, exposure to violence, and much more. A healthy and positive environment remains imperative for every individual and their overall development.
Mental health issues are permanent.
The experience with a mental health condition for every person is different. Some people may experience episodes wherein they return to the version of being normal. Others may look for medication or take professional therapies which help to restore balance to one's life. The journey to recovery may take time, but; positive changes can keep happening along the way.
How to Maintain Positive Mental Health?
Some of the common ways to maintain mental well-being are:
- Get enough hours of sleep, preferably 7-8 hours
- Seek professional help, if required
- Writing journal
- Meeting friends and family
- Remain physically active, do exercise regularly, and follow a routine
- Stay focused and practice empathy
- Develop coping skills
In a Nutshell
Mental health conditions are common but there is treatment or solution to everything. Undoubtedly the understanding of mental health well-being has come on leaps compared to what was almost a few years ago.
Dispelling any myths about mental health enables us to break the stigma. Likewise, it also creates a culture where people of any age can easily seek support depending on their needs. Last but not the least, if you have any health insurance plans
, check whether it offers insurance coverage for mental health or not.
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