Myths and Facts About Mental Health in Southern Maryland

By Molly Stackhouse

Mental health is an important part of overall well-being. However, there are many myths about mental illness that can prevent people from seeking help. Here are some common myths and facts about mental health:

Myth: People with mental illness are dangerous.

Fact: People with mental illness are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. In fact, people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators.

Myth: Mental illness is a sign of weakness.

Fact: Mental illness is a medical condition, just like any other. It is not a sign of weakness, and it does not mean that you are a bad person.

Myth: Mental illness can't be treated.

Fact: There are many effective treatments for mental illness. With the right treatment, people with mental illness can live full and productive lives.

Myth: Only children and teenagers can have mental health problems.

Fact: Mental health problems can affect people of all ages. In fact, one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year.

Myth: Mental illness is just a phase.

Fact: Mental illness is a chronic condition, just like diabetes or heart disease. It can be managed with treatment, but it is not something that will just go away on its own.

Myth: If you have a mental illness, you can't be successful.

Fact: Many people with mental illness are successful in their careers and personal lives. With the right treatment and support, people with mental illness can achieve their goals just like anyone else.

If you are struggling with a mental health, please know that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you. If you are interested in learning more about mental health services in Southern Maryland, schedule an appointment with Southern Maryland Mental Health and consult with one of our clinicians today!

Molly Stackhouse is a therapist located in Calvert County, Maryland.  She owns a private practice located in Southern Maryland where she specializes in working with adolescents adults who experience panic attacks. Additionally, she has a strong understanding of the different types of trauma and the different ways that people respond to trauma. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and brainspotting. Additionally, she is a nationally certified school psychologist. If you are interested in services, use the link here
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