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Myths & Misconceptions

Mental illness is a personal weakness

 Many people believe that metal illness is a sign of personal weakness or choice, but this is not true. Mental illness are medical conditions that are caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors.

Mental illness can be cured

For many mental illnesses, there is no cure, but with proper treatment, the symptoms can be managed and individuals can lead fulfilling lives.

Mental illness is something to be ashamed of 

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of and seeking help is a sign of strength.

Mental illness only affects a small portion of the population

Mental illness is quite common, affecting approximately one in five people in their lifetime.

Mental illness is not a real illness

Mental illness is just as real as any physical illness and should be treated a with the same level of concern and care

Mental illness is rare

Mental illness is actually quite common. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental illness at some point in their lifetime

Only medication can treat mental illness

While medication can be an effective treatment option for some people, therapy and other forms of psychotherapy can also be effective in treating mental illness.

Mental illness only affects older people

Mental illness can affect people of all ages, including children and teenagers

Mental illness is a choice

Mental illness is not a choice. It is a medical condition that requires treatment

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