The 10 Most Common Mental Health Myths


Mental health myths are a common problem. People who don’t understand mental health and the real causes of mental health problems are often spread. Mental health is a struggle for many people, and many don’t know how to deal with the stigma.

Mental illness is a very real medical phenomenon that affects people across the globe.

To reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and make it more accessible, we must learn about the common myths surrounding mental illness in general.

The result creates myths about those who live with mental health conditions that are negative and unhelpful. This article will explore some of these myths and show their effects on society.

The ten most common mental health myths are:

Myth: People with mental illness can’t work

Fact: Mental health is an issue that is often stigmatized. However, in reality, many people with a mental illness can and do work; it just might take extra care and attention from employers to ensure their success.

People with mental illness are just as interested in working as anyone else, and they can be successful if given the right working conditions. Therefore, people with mental illness can work just like everyone else; it is not a disability or reason to discriminate.

Explanation: Mental illnesses are very common and can affect a person’s life. People believe that one consequence of mental illness is that many people with mental health issues cannot work.

Without any doubt, good health indeed contributes to career success. However, this is a misconception, and people with mental illness can lead productive lives and work in roles that don’t require a high level of social interaction. 

The number of people with mental illness has increased over the last few decades, yet they still face stigma and discrimination in the workforce. As a result, people with mental illness are often overlooked in favor of those who are “well” or “sane.”

With this pervasive stigma, finding a suitable job for someone with a mental illness is hard.

Myth: People with mental illness can’t become a leader

Fact: The stigma surrounding mental illness and leadership development is often the only thing holding people back. “We are not afraid to say somebody has cancer or diabetes, but we are afraid to say somebody has depression or anxiety.”

In the past, people with mental illness were often marginalized and given fewer leadership opportunities. However, more and more CEOs are coming out to share their experiences with mental illness. These courageous entrepreneurs lead by example, proving that it is possible to have a successful career while living with a mental illness.

Explanation: Many believe that people with mental illness can’t become leaders or even lead a team. This is not true at all. There are many examples of successful leaders who have a mental illness.

Even Warren Buffett, the world’s most successful investor and the second richest person globally, has bipolar disorder.

So, although some people struggle with mental illness and can’t lead a team or company, many others can. The key is to find an organization where you feel you could be successful as a leader, given your situation.

Pat Dorsey, the chairman, and CEO of Morningstar has bipolar disorder. As a result, he is not only a successful leader in his own right but also a key contributor to his firm’s success.

Pat’s personal story inspires people with mental health issues and those who work.

Myth: Mental illness is just a lack of willpower

Fact: Mental illnesses are often thought to be due to a lack of willpower, which may have some truth in some cases. However, many other contributing factors include genetics and internal chemical imbalances. It may be a combination of both that leads to mental illness.

Explanation: Mental illness can be a devastating disease that affects every aspect of a person’s life. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to notice the signs and symptoms of mental illness, as they are often overlooked due to their stigma.

According to “Mental Illness Facts,” mental illnesses are not created by a lack of willpower or self-control. The truth is that mental illnesses are real, chronic, and treatable health conditions that should be taken seriously.

Myth: Mental illnesses can be cured by medication alone

Fact: One of the most common myths about mental illness is that medication alone will be enough to fix the problem. While this is not always the case, there are many instances where a combination of therapy and medication will provide the necessary solution.

Explanation: Mental illnesses can be fixed with medication alone. This is a common misconception propagated by many of the most influential figures in the field of medicine.

It requires counseling, therapy sessions, a change of environment, and other factors to contribute to a successful recovery.

Myth: People with schizophrenia are violent and should be locked up

Fact: Psychology Today published an article that debunks the myth that people with schizophrenia are violent and should be locked up. The article discusses how most people with schizophrenia are passive and avoid violence. The article also points out that most violence is committed by people who do not have a mental illness rather than those who do.

Explanation: It is a common misconception that people with schizophrenia are violent. This is not true, as they can become agitated and agitated behavior such as violence is rarely seen.

Some evidence suggests the idea of “pushing their illness” by externalizing their anger into aggression to maintain self-control, known as the external locus of control. As a result, they may be irritable and aggressive, especially when presented with a threat or if their delusions occur frequently.

Myth: There is no cure for schizophrenia

Fact: The truth is that there are many ways to treat schizophrenia, and it is possible to lead a healthy, fulfilling life with the condition. The myths that surround schizophrenia can lead to misunderstandings and discrimination. Everyone needs to understand what schizophrenia is.

Explanation: Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that causes people to hear voices, see things that aren’t there, and experience delusions. It’s difficult to treat because an injury or disease does not cause it.

However, there is a cure for schizophrenia. The treatment is an antipsychotic medication.

Myth: Mental illness is not as prevalent in children and teenagers

Fact: Mental health conditions may start in childhood but do not always appear immediately. Moreover, while adults with mental health conditions are more likely to get treatment, kids and teens often do not get help until their symptoms worsen.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Mental illnesses are common in America.” In fact, “1 in 5 adults experiences mental illness every year.”

Explanation: According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, children and teens are five times more likely to suffer from a mental illness than adults. This can lead to dangerous behavior changes and difficulty in school.

One in four young people with mental illness drops out of school altogether. In this case, it was unclear what was the best course of action for her and her son. The most practical solution for a young person struggling with mental illness is to get treatment from a psychiatrist or therapist.

Myth: Mental illnesses are an excuses

Fact: Mental illness is real and should not be brushed off as an excuse. It can take years to diagnose because many people do not feel uncomfortable discussing their mental health.

Explanation: Mental illnesses are real, and some people struggle to cope. However, many people believe that mental illness should be an excuse for not working. Those who minimize their mental illnesses are likely struggling with other problems that can be solved, such as anxiety and stress.

Denying mental illness does not make it go away and threatens people with the condition. In addition, many people who struggle with mental illnesses typically have other health problems contributing to poor quality of life.

In some cases, those struggling may not be able to work or hold a job because of the mental illness’s health difficulties. It is important

Myth: Mental illness makes people weak

Fact: It is a myth that people with mental illness are weak. On the contrary, mental illness is an invisible condition that impacts 1 in 4 people worldwide.

It is time for society to see it for what it is – an intellectual, physical and emotional struggle that any person can experience. As a society, we must learn to see beyond the stigma and accept people with mental illness for who they are.

Explanation: It’s time to change the stigma of mental illness. Mental illnesses are not just conditions that make people weak but can also make them stronger. For example, people with mental illness are more likely to be creative and have a more intense emotional response to things in their lives.

Myth: People with mental illnesses are less intelligent than other people

Fact: The myth is that people with mental illness are less smart than others. The truth is that people who have a mental illness and have been diagnosed by a doctor are just as smart as others and should be treated the same.

People with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia should not be stigmatized and seen as “less intelligent” than their counterparts.

Explanation: People with mental illnesses are often stigmatized. It is a myth that people with mental illnesses are less smart than others. Research shows that most mental disorders are caused by genetic, biological, and environmental factors (e.g., stress).

Research also shows that people with a mental illness tend to have better-coping skills, which may allow them to overcome challenges more easily than others who do not have a mental illness.

People with mental illnesses often face discrimination and prejudice regarding their diagnosis.

The United Kingdom’s Mental Health Act 1983 allowed people with severe mental disabilities to be forcibly detained under the legal framework of a Mental Health Act on their disability status and need for care, treatment, or control.


Mental health is often a source of anxiety for many people. Some of us are overly confident and suffer from “mental wellbeing” or mental health issues when we’re not.

Many myths are associated with mental disorders, as mental illness is a choice. It is a sign of weakness and only can be cured with medication, meditation, or therapy.

People with mental illness are violent and dangerous, so they should be institutionalized or locked up. Meanwhile, mentally ill people are less intelligent and many more. Psychologists have debunked all these myths, and we need to understand them to handle them.

However, mental illness is a complex, lifelong condition affecting people differently. Mental illness can harm relationships, education, career, and more. We need to start recognizing mental illness for what it is and not stigmatize it. The most effective way to manage these illnesses is by combining medication and psychotherapy.

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Dr. Debra White

Hi, I am Dr. Debra White. I am a Licensed Mental Health Professional and has an experience 12 years of practice. I am contributing my thoughts and research on different topics. Feel free to contact me for any questions or concerns regarding anything at

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