Myths & Facts on Mental Illness

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Myth : A person who has been mentally ill can never be normal.
Fact : There are many people who have experienced a psychiatric illness and living successful, rewarding lives. Others may have to take medications at times or permanently, but cope well with support.
Myth : People with mental illness are unpredictable.
Fact : When their illness is in an active phase, they can be impulsive and not their usual self; but once recovered, their behavior becomes more consistent.
Myth : Mentally ill people are dangerous and violent.
Fact : Most of them are not dangerous or violent. Many lack concentration, motivation and the ability to organize. Rare cases of violent occur only when they are seriously ill. When stable, they are no more violent than the average person.
Myth : A hospitalized mentally ill person mixing with others is more likely to get worse than better.
Fact : Mental illness is not contagious, nor can it be transmitted through social contact.
Myth : Psychiatric treatment is likely to cause brain damage as evidenced by the patient’s robotic-like expression.
Fact : Robotic-like expression is more a sign of illness than an effect of treatment.
Myth : If a person can talk sensibly and has an intact memory, then the person is not mentally ill.
Fact : There are numerous types of mental illness and many forms do not affect one’s memory or ability to speak appropriately.