Myths about mental health
I’m the only one going through this.While it can feel like you are alone or the only one dealing with this, 1 in 5 teens experiences a diagnosable mental health issue.
It will never get better.
It can feel this way but with the right help, things can get better. There are evidence-based treatments developed to help you overcome these problems! Studies have demonstrated that these therapies help people feel significantly better in only a few months. Once you start therapy, it does not mean you have to go forever. In fact, many of the evidence-based treatments are designed to be short-term.
If one therapy didn’t work, nothing will.There are many different types of therapies out there and many different therapists, with different personalities and styles. It is about finding the right fit. Just because one treatment or therapist was not effective for you, does not mean that nothing will help!
I did this to myself.
You are not to blame. There are many reasons that someone may develop a mental health problem. And as is often said in DBT, we are each doing the best we can. And we can also learn to do better and use skills to feel better.
Wouldn’t it be more obvious if I had a mental health problem?
Not necessarily. Many people suffer in silence. You can look “totally fine” meaning, you may still be going to school, playing on your sports team, have a social life, AND still struggle with your mental health.
People with mental health problems are dangerous, unpredictable, and/or crazy.
The media and pop culture often portray an extreme and inaccurate depiction of mental illness. People just like you may be struggling with their mental health in more subtle ways.
Radical acceptance means accepting this moment and the circumstances exactly as they are.
Frequently Asked Questions about Mental Health.
What Therapies Exist?
You may be familiar with the terms therapy, psychotherapy, or counseling.
What is CBT?
CBT explains that our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings are all connected and impact each other.
DBT vs CBT
Key differences include the emphasis of validation, or accepting uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.