Our collective understanding of mental health issues is an ever changing and evolving thing, and despite increased awareness, stigmas regarding mental health can be pretty stubborn — not to mention myths about treating mental illness, which remain as obstinate as ever. And given that up to 80 percent of us will experience some form of mental illness at some point in our lives, or friends or family will, according to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, debunking the myths surrounding treatment, and what works and doesn’t, is pretty crucial.
Basically, experiencing a mental health condition, while challenging, is really, really common, but what works in terms of management depends a lot on a person's individual makeup and needs. Treatment can be complicated, and may require multiple or combined approaches, like talk therapy combined with art therapy, or medication combined with movement therapy. But unfortunately, a lot of misconceptions about treatment exist that can impact people's relationship to their treatment — and that can have damaging effects. The last thing a person who's managing a mental health condition needs, in addition to navigating various stigmas, is to feel shamed because of something they have to do for their wellbeing. Here are seven mental health treatment myths that we need to debunk, stat.