8 things people think about mental illness that are completely incorrect 

So this is a list of things people think they know about mental illness,  along with the truth. I can personally relate to many of these, and I hope these help to explain the truth and crush the stigma! 

  1. Mentally ill people are typically dangerous to be around.                Truth: These people are usually not violent, but are commonly victims of violence and abuse. 
  2. Mental illnesses are always severe. Truth: Many mental illnesses are mild, and some are curable.
  3. The homeless are almost all mentally ill.                                                       Truth: The majority of homeless people are not suffering from a mental illness. 
  4. People with a mental illness don’t want to talk about it.                                Truth: Although it can be difficult to talk about, most people with a mental illness prefer to have someone to listen to them and show them comfort
  5. Normal, happy people are not ill.       Truth: mental illness doesn’t manifest in a certain type of person,  and even those with a mental illness can still have happy moments. Anyone who is not happy can pretend to be. Anyone can have a mental illness,  and looks or actions does not prove nor disprove a mental illness 
  6. It runs in the family (genes).                 Truth: Although some mental illnesses can be genetic,  there are a number of causes of mental illness, and it can sometimes happen with no known cause at all.
  7. The mentally ill are at fault for their weakness and inability to change.      Truth: People are not at fault… Usually. Those who abuse drugs on there own decision and will are the cause of their own addiction. But other mental illnesses are not caused from being weak. It is also very unlikely for a person to successfully change and cure their own illness. Though that works for some people,  ignoring the illness has caused more problems than solutions for most.
  8. The mentally ill are unreliable             Truth: Reliability is usually not tampered by mental illness.

    Thanks for reading! 

    Marley Burleson, Administrator 

    Anxiety disorders -GAD/ general anxiety disorder 

    General anxiety can be long term and consists of constant worrying and stress. It can be triggered by issues such as money, family, work, or even planning a vacation. This is a very common disorder, and many people with this illness take medication to help reduce their anxiety. General anxiety can cause paranoia, exhaustion, panic attacks,  sleep abnormalities (restlessness, waking up at night), and muscle tension. People with this disorder cannot control the urge to excessively worry about things. 

    Marley Burleson, Administrator 

    Types of Mental Illnesses 

    So since I got no comments or questions (which is expected in a new blog), I have decided to start by listing the different types of mental illnesses. I will later make new posts giving details about each illness on said list. Let’s get started, shall we?

    • Anxiety disorders – general anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, etc
    • Mood disorders – depression, cyclothymic, bipolar, etc
    • Psychotic disorders – schizophrenia, hallucinations, etc
    • Eating disorders – bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, etc
    • Impulse control disorders – paranoia, antisocial personality, etc.
    • OCD/ Obsessive compulsive disorders – germiphobia, etc.
    • PTSD/ Post- traumatic stress disorder 

      These are the general mental illness categories. Of course there are a few that may not fit perfectly into a category,  such as dementia. But the categories above will be my main focus. I am open to other illnesses as well though! Thanks!

      Marley Burleson, Administrator 

      An Introduction on My Blog

      I made this blog to help answer questions people have about mental illnesses, whether they have an illness or are just curious. My strong points are depression, anxiety, and irrational fears (to the point of panic attacks), but I can discuss any mental health issues. So please feel free to leave comments of questions or topics you would like to know about. If I receive no questions or comments,  I will choose a topic. Thank you!

      Marley Burleson, Administrator