About a quarter of adults suffer from a mental illness every year, and millions more people are affected when their friends or family experience mental health problems, say authors Joel L. Young, MD and Chris Adamec. Sadly, mental illness is often dismissed as a behavioral choice or the product of bad character and laziness. The stigma of mental illness can make it challenging to seek treatment, and often leaves those affected feeling guilty, ashamed, and unworthy. If you subscribe to the ten myths that follow, you're (probably completely unknowingly) contributing to the stigma faced every day by those with mental illness and those who love them.
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