5 Teen Mental Health Myths

24 Jul 5 Teen Mental Health Myths

Understanding mental health conditions is a vital way to help teens find proper support and feel accepted, not stigmatized. Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding mental health that can lead to isolation or fear. Here are 5 common ones and the truths behind them.

5 Teen Mental Health Myths

By Teen Rehab

Mental health conditions are often extremely misunderstood. Unfortunately, this can lead to stigma, shame and avoiding treatment. Here are some common myths and the real facts behind them.

  • 1. Mental Health Issues Aren't Real Health Issues

    By Teen Rehab

    Sometimes, when we cannot “see” an illness or physically observe its effects, we might assume that it’s not really there. This is a common myth surrounding mental illnesses—that they aren’t "real" conditions. In actual fact, [brain conditions are just as real as any other physical condition](http://www.cmha.ca/mental_health/myths-about-mental-illness/#.VVT5t2Qziko) and should be treated seriously and by a professional.

  • 2. People Who Attempt Suicide Only Want Attention

    By Teen Rehab

    Another common myth is that people who talk about suicide or even attempt suicide are [simply looking for attention](http://nb.cmha.ca/new-brunswick-suicide-prevention/suicide-facts-and-myths/#.VVT8NGQziko). In reality, they may really need help. Depression is a serious condition, and ignoring the warning signs of suicide is very dangerous.

  • 3. Schizophrenia is Violence & Split Personalities

    By Teen Rehab

    Schizophrenia is one mental health condition that is regularly misunderstood. Media portrayals of this disorder don’t help either. In fact, people living with schizophrenia are no more violent than the general population and can actually be the victims of violence more frequently. Furthermore, [a diagnosis of schizophrenia](http://ourhealthyminds.com/MentalHealthand/ArticleDetails/tabid/60/ArticleID/39/Default.aspx) does not mean that someone has “split personalities.” Instead, they might struggle with social withdrawal, hallucinations and paranoia.

  • 4. Addiction is a Choice or a Sign of no Willpower

    By Teen Rehab

    People living with addiction are sometimes viewed as [choosing their lifestyle or lacking willpower.](http://ourhealthyminds.com/MentalHealthand/ArticleDetails/tabid/60/ArticleID/39/Default.aspx) In actual fact, addiction has a lot to do with a person’s brain chemistry, rather than their weaknesses.

  • 5. Mental Health Conditions Can't Be Treated

    By Teen Rehab

    There is often a lot of shame and stigma surrounding people living with a mental health condition because it is often assumed that they [cannot be treated or that people cannot change.](http://psychcentral.com/archives/top_myths.htm) Treatment options are definitely available and there are opportunities for therapy, prescription medication, building healthy coping mechanisms and creating a positive lifestyle [with proper help and support.](http://www.newportacademy.com/)

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