By: Mission Healthy Living
May 08, 2019
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that “nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness.” Since May is Mental Health Month, now is a good time to look at how a healthy lifestyle can help prevent mental illness or keep conditions from getting worse.
Part of prevention/mental illness management is knowing the facts, as there is plenty of conflicting information shared online and among social circles.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the following are myths regarding mental illness:
- Myth #1 - People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable.
- Myth #2 - People with mental health needs cannot tolerate the stress of holding down a job.
- Myth #3 - Personality weakness or character flaws cause mental health problems.
- Myth #4 - You can't do anything for someone with a mental health problem.
- Myth #5 - It is impossible to prevent mental illnesses.
To see even more myths around mental illness, read the full article on MentalHealth.gov.
Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about your own mental health. For more information about mental health, visit the National Institute of Mental Health or MentalHealth.gov.