1. There is Stigma
Although our society has made significant progress since the asylum days, the mentality that people who struggle with their mental health are “crazy”, still lingers. Many still see these struggles as something taboo that shouldn’t be talked about. We, as human beings, are heavily influenced by the people around us and so these misconceptions contribute to the existence of stigma around mental health, a shameful mark of disgrace.
2. Assumptions are Made
Now a days, so many of the common diagnoses are thrown around in our everyday language. Phrases like “ I’m triggered”, “my mood is bipolar”, or “I’m so depressed” are not out of the norm. Although we all have emotions which seem similar to the symptoms we google for many of the well known disorders, feeling emotions is not a mental disorder. Many movies also portray disorders to look a certain way, which is also inaccurate. Within a specific diagnosis, symptoms can vary drastically and in ways the media doesn’t show.
3. Lack of Mental Health Education
Growing up, most adults did not learn about mental health as a part of their required curriculum in school. At most, they probably took one class on psychology. The education system is now changing so that more children are learning these concepts in their classrooms, but sharing this with the rest of the world is a greater challenge. There are good resources out there but in our busy world, it takes time which most adults don’t have enough of.
Tips to Help you Learn More about Mental Health:
- Read articles written by professionals and individuals who have received an education in psychology and know what they are talking about.
- Meet with a therapist. You don’t have to have an issue to go see one. Just like you can see your doctor to get a physical check-up, you can do the same with a therapist. They’ll be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.
- Watch educational videos! Maybe reading articles isn’t your thing and you’re better with auditory methods. Do what works best for you!