May is Mental Health Awareness Month (which is also known as Mental Health Month). Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed, in the United States, since 1949. And you’d think by now people would have a better handle on what exactly it means to be mentally ill – but they don’t. There are still quite a few misconceptions surrounding the mental health community that need to be debunked. Here are 10 of the biggest misconceptions that are still, unfortunately, circulating around:
You Either Have A Mental Illness Or You Don’t
That’s like you saying, you’re either in great shape or you’re not. There are different definitions of “being in shape” the same way there are different definitions of “being mentally ill.” Some people suffer from a mental illness for a couple years, and then never experience a symptom again. Some people can barely leave their homes because of their anxiety, and some people only get a little anxious when they’re in a big crowd. Every mental illness is different, and every person’s experience with a mental illness is different.