Top Ten Misconceptions About Mental Illness

The Top Ten

1 You have to get over it

"Get over it"?

Funny how people can just say to get over mental disorders when they take the term "mental illness" so seriously. Make up your minds. With the connotations the term "mentally ill" has in society, it's contradictory to just say to get over it. Besides, choosing to ignore someone who needs help is as cold and heartless as directly hurting them - after all, it's the same thing fr all practical purposes. - romanempire249

This is like saying “You have asthma? Just get over it and breathe”.

I want to get over my anxiety, but unfortunately I can’t

People with Tourettes can’t just stop ticcing

2 Everyone gets depressed
3 People with depression and/or those who commit suicide are weak

Mental illness is not a sign of weakness. These kinds of negative attitudes are what cause suicide in the first place - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

4 All psychopaths or sociopaths become killers

No. Barely any of them do. They just don’t feel empathy for others

Of course not. But the probability is off the chart compared to the general population.

5 Mental illness is cool

Actually, not all mental disorders are objectively bad. Autism is one of the most widely admired disorders by people who have it (such as me), and while it represents the origin of neurodiversity advocacy, it's not the only disorder to contribute to it, as other disorders also have good sides. I also have ADHD comorbid to said autism, for example, and it has its ups and down in my opinion; it's really not all bad.

Not to say some disorders aren't objectively bad, of course. Depression, OCD, anxiety disorders (which might include OCD anyway depending on the classification system), BPD...all of that is pretty much bad. Not cool for anyone to have at all. - romanempire249

Oh, so you think having panic attacks and killing yourself is COOL?! Wow

6 Mental Illness is untreatable

I take medication for my anxiety and it really helps

Oooh that makes me mad

7 Autistic people are retarded

Um you know the lightbulb yea the guy who invented it was autistic.albert einstine was olso autistic.temple grandin.mozart.bill gates and probley a lot of people you stop saying that

8 Mentally ill people are crazy violent psychos

The word “psycho” is a slur. Most people who actually have a psychotic disorder, like myself, find this term discriminatory and would rather not hear it. Perfectly mentally healthy folks who wear those “cute but psycho” shirts are not helping the alreay heavy stigma. Its not funny, its not cute, and it hurts people. Stop.

9 Antisocial is the same as asocial

It's stupid how people confuse being asocial with being antisocial. Antisocial is a personality disorder. - JakePlaid

10 Mental illness has correlation with intelligence

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11 People who are mentally ill are just attention-seeking

No. Only people who fake it

BRUH this happened to me like 100 times already...

12 You only have Tourette’s if you curse

I have Tourette syndrome and I don’t curse. I just blink my eyes, shrug my shoulders, and clear my throat

Only 10% of people with Tourettes Syndrome curse.

13 People with mental disorders are evil

I have two mental disorders and I do not wish to do harm on anyone

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