Common Myths About Mental Illness

Common myths about mental illness

Mental illness and its challenges are often under-appreciated by the general public. There are also many common myths about mental illness.


  1. People with mental illness are dangerous

Persons with mental illness are not dangerous when properly treated and their illnesses properly controlled. In fact most acts of violence in our community are not caused by persons with mental illness. Only those who refuse to admit that they have mental illness have a potential to harm others, and should be brought to seek treatment as soon as possible.

  1. People With Mental Illness are possessed by evil spirits

It has been shown that symptoms of mental illness are a result of chemical imbalance in the brain, and they are alleviated or minimised through proper medical treatment.

  1. People with mental illness are pretending to be ill

Mental illness is a first and foremost mental / biological condition where the sufferers experience symptoms of mental illness due to chemical imbalance in the brain. People with mental illness cannot choose the kind of symptoms and when they should occur.

  1. Persons with mental illness are weak in character

Persons with mental illness are suffering from a mental / biological condition, that is not a result of their personality or character deficits.

  1. Persons with mental illness cannot recover

Persons with mental illness can recover to fulfil some of the goals and dreams they used to have. However, this is normally a journey and may still require long-term medical treatment to help stabilise their mental conditions.