Blogs by Robyn Wheeler
Perception of the Mentally Ill
12/10/2011 7:57:32 AM
Do you still believe the myths about the mentally ill? See 15 true/false statements about the mentally ill to find out how you score.
Perception of the Mentally Ill
So last year I was diagnosed with mental illness. I started wondering how will people see me know that I’ve gone public with Dysthymia. Will they think I’m crazy? That I need to be instutionalized? Or maybe that I’m a criminal? I am none of the above so I can I have a mental disorder?
Read the following statements below and take note of how many you believe are true about mental disorders and the people who suffer from them.
1) People with mental disorders should be locked up in institutions
2) Severe mental disorders are incurable
3) People with mental illnesses are violent
4) With time, it will go away by itself
5) Mental illness is a form of mental retardation
6) Stress causes mental illness
7) Mental illness is contagious
8) “Poor parenting” causes mental illness
9) Young people and children do not suffer from mental illnesses
10) Mentally ill people can work low-level jobs but cannot handle really important or responsible positions.
11) People with mental illnesses are lazy and can get rid of it if they want to
12) Only old people suffer from depression
13) Only “weak” people suffer from mental illness
14) Severe mental disorders are incurable
15) A person with mental illness can never be normal
All of the above statements are false. Surprised? If so, your perception of mental illness is outdated. Over 25% of the United States population suffer from a mental illness. Many are receiving treatment that makes them feel and act better than before. They could be your classmates, co-workers, neighbors and even your relatives. That doesn’t make them violent, crazy or needing to be cared for in a facility. And it doesn’t mean they cannot contribute to society, community affairs, education or any other field you can think of.
Even famous people suffer from mental illness. People we all admire. We read their books, watch their movies and listen to their music. Here a few you might be interested in.
Bipolar I and /or II- Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame
Patty Duke-actress, entertainer, writer
Catherine Zeta-Jones- actress and wife of actor Michael Douglas
Mel Gibson-actor of Lethal Weapon fame
Margot Kidder of superman fame (also suffers from Paranoia)
Paranoid Schizophrenia- John Nash, economic and mathematical genius and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Movie “A Beautiful Mind” was made about his life
Alcoholism and Bulimia- Elton John, singer
Craig Ferguson-comedian and late night show host
ADHD- Michael Phelps, diagnosed at age 9 , Olymipic gold medalist swimmer
Mood Disorders including depression- Drew Carey, actor, comedian, game show host
Boris Yeltsin- former minister of New Zealand
Mike Wallace – commentator and journalist
OCD- Howie Mandel-comedian
Howard Hughes-known of contributions to aviation, movies and was worth a fortune when he died
Body Dismorphic Disorder- Michael Jackson,s inger, musician
All of these people have a mental illness of some kind. And all of them have made tremendous contributions to their work, their community and to their friends and families. Many are just down right brilliant. Even Mozart and Beetoven and David Beckham, soccor player suffered from various types of mental disorders.
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