I read an article from Psychology Today called The 5 Lies Ruining Your Mental Health. A couple of these misconceptions hit a nerve with me.
Lie number two states that many people who suffer from a mental illness are weak. That couldn’t be further from the truth. People who suffer from mental illness are NOT weak. We can be such a strong and resilient bunch! I suffer from Anxiety and it’s because of this that I push myself to be better. If something scares me, I make it a point to go after it. It might take me a bit longer to work up the nerve, but I get it done.
When I prove to myself that I can take on any challenge or obstacle, it is empowering. Who knows how much I would have accomplished without my anxiety. It really has helped me to step out of my comfort zone. Although it can be mentally and emotionally exhausting, at the end of the day, I’m proud of myself because I didn’t let my nerves get the best of me.
Lie Number four also called out to me. It states that mentally ill people are violent. In the media when there is a shooting or a case of domestic violence, mental illness is always brought up as the main reason for the tragedy that has taken place. I can see how this can make people think all mentally ill people are dangerous. But this is a huge lie.
Although I may become very frustrated or irritable when I’m anxious, I never resort to violence. I’m a very calm person. Always have been. So please don’t be fearful of someone because their brain may be wired differently. There could be someone who isn’t ever anxious or depressed who would end up punching someone in the face to prove how tough they are. There could be an over confident man/woman you cross paths with who can be quick to spew verbal abuse at someone. Violence depends on a person, despite being mentally ill or mentally healthy.
We are all different for many reasons. So please do not judge a mentally ill person without knowing us fully. So many of us have the biggest hearts and just want to live a happy, fulfilling life.
Please read on in the article below and let me know which misconception bothers you the most and why?
Have a great day!