Misconceptions about mental illness, such as the notion it is a sign of weakness, are jeopardizing mental health by discouraging proper action, psychotherapist and author Amy Morin says in this blog post. She lists four other myths: that mental illness is not preventable, that it is lifelong, that its sufferers are violent and that mental health and illness are absolutes.
The other myths that Amy outlines can be very helpful in determining why clients feel a stigma towards their mental illness. They are as follows. You’re either mentally ill or mentally healthy. You can’t prevent mental health problems. People with mental illness are violent. Mental health problems are forever.
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