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Mental Illness Myths People Still Believe

Mental illness is more common than most people think. There are also many negative stereotypes when it comes to mental illnesses. Lindsay Holmes, a contributor writer for the Huffngton Post, has a list of some myths about mental illness that people still believe. 

  1. It's contagious
  2. Mental illness is an indication of violence
  3. It's uncommon
  4. Mental illness is "all in your head" 
  5. You can't recover from mental health issues
  6. Mental illness stems from a bad childhood
  7. You can't help someone suffering from a mental health disorder

Click here to learn why these myths about mental illness are not true. 


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