A group of users on Reddit were asked about mental health stigma. These are some of the false beliefs that people still have about mental health.
1. It's a choice.
This is total bullshit. A lot of people will tell you to just "buck up" or "cheer up." Some people think that you just need to buck up or get stronger to feel better. They think that we can just magically turn our happy switches on. I seem to be missing that switch.
Some of the comments said:
2. They can't see it, so you're fine.
This is a common problem with many diseases. Mental illnesses or fibromyalgia or other "invisible" illnesses.
Here are some comments:
3. Medication Myths
Many people assume that the medicines will automatically "cure" the mental illness. Either that or they say they "don't believe" in them.
4. You Have To Have A Reason To Be Depressed Or Anxious
This one really gets to me. Some people will say "Oh, you have a great life. Why are you depressed?" or "You don't have anything to be anxious about." This is bullshit; the fact that these feelings are happening for no reason is why they call it a disorder.