Words By Mae

content creator / mental health advocate / your friend

Myths & Facts About Mental Health

It’s mental health awareness month.

If you’ve been keeping up with my journey, then you are aware that I struggle with bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. I’d like to discuss some myths and facts about each of these illnesses.

Bipolar disorder:
  1. Myth: bipolar disorder is just an excuse for someone to be moody. Fact: bipolar is a mood disorder marked by uncontrollable emotional highs and lows.
  2. Myth: all people who have bipolar cannot be trusted because their moods change within seconds. Fact: bipolar is different on a case-by-case basis. While some may be more temperamental than others, every bipolar person should be supported.
  3. Myth: everyone is a little bipolar. Fact: every person has changing moods, but those who have bipolar are unable to regulate theirs.
  1. Myth: depression is just being sad. Fact: depression is a real mental illness that is marked by extreme, long-lasting sadness.
  2. Myth: people with depression should just choose to be happy. Fact: those who are depressed cannot simply snap out of it.
  3. Myth: depressed people can’t be helped. Fact: depressed people need a support group just like anyone else. If you know someone who struggles, reach out to them today.
  1. Myth: anxiety is just being overwhelmed. Fact: anxiety is caused by negative, false thoughts that hinder people from going about their everyday lives.
  2. Myth: anxiety is not a big deal, because everyone has it. Fact: while almost everyone struggles with mild forms of anxiety, not everyone battles anxiety disorders. The latter need extra self-care to help alleviate the pains of anxiety.
  3. Myth: anxious people can only be helped by therapists. Fact: friends and family can make a huge, positive impact when they help those with anxiety.

It’s important to talk about mental health.

I hope when I share my journey of mental wellness, that I am able to break down some myths you may have believed all of this time. I hope that when I tell you about bipolar/depression/anxiety, you learn about how to love others who have similar struggles.

Thank you for reading. As always, feel free to reach out to talk more about what you read.

One response to “Myths & Facts About Mental Health”

  1. Thanks for sharing, Mae!


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