Having to live with a mental disease is one of the toughest challenges and so is to fathom the implications of such as diagnosis. More than often, people diagnosed with one of more mental diseases have a distorted image of what it means to cope with such a condition.
These distortions or rather misconceptions are often the products of mass media and even work of fiction. Needless to say, that an individual’s failure to ascertain the nature of his condition gave birth to a modern mythology involving mental disease.
The International Bipolar Foundation, in its never-ending task of debunking all misconceptions regarding the mental disease, has recently posted a list contained some of the most common myths and whether or not they are true.
According to the foundation, one of the most common misconceptions surrounding mental disease is the inability of an individual to have a normal relationship with someone else than a family member. In reply, the foundation said that mental disease are not death sentences, and one can have a normal romantic relationship with a lot of understanding and communication.
One myth that proved to be true is that a mental disease can affect the relationships with your family and friends. It can and it will, but to a certain degree. Just because you have a mental disease doesn’t mean that you have to stop communicating with your family and friends. Talk to them about your feelings and share with them your thoughts as often as possible.
Another myth shattered by the International Bipolar Foundation is that mental disease is not a common thing. According to the most recent statistics, one in five US adults has to cope with a mental condition, and approximately 5.7 million US citizens have already been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Misconceptions regarding the medication regime were also discussed by the foundation. Most people diagnosed with a mental condition believe that taking medication is synonymous to admitting defeat. The foundation’s members declared that meds should be regarded as tools, and not as a sign of giving up because some condition requires a strict medication regime.
Another myth busted by the International Bipolar Foundation is that having depression means that you are sad all the time. Nothing could be further from the truth since sadness is only one of the symptoms associated with this condition, the other ones being lack of appetite, guilt, insomnia, irritability, and the inability to derive personal satisfaction from activities you loved doing.