Home > Mental health > News 29 May 2007 Top 5 mental myths For some of the millions of people who suffer mental illnesses, the stigma of their condition may prevent them from seeking treatment, US experts say. 0 Ask CyberShrink » Talk Heart to heart forum » 13 hidden signs of stress Regenerative medicine: replacing brain cells lost from stroke For some of the millions of people who suffer mental illnesses, the stigma of their condition may prevent them from seeking treatment, US experts say. As part of Mental Health Month in May, a team at the Menninger Clinic in Houston reviewed the top five myths about mental illness: Myth #1. People with mental illness are weak. In fact, many famous and powerful people have struggled with depression and other forms of mental illness. Making the decision to seek help for mental illness, and participating in treatment, takes strength in itself. Myth #2. Medications cure mental illness. While medicines can help manage symptoms, they're only part of the treatment process, which also includes therapy to help patients better understand the factors that contribute to their mental illness. Myth #3. People with mental illness could "snap out of it" if they really wanted to. That's no different than telling someone with the flu, diabetes, hypertension or another physical illness or problem to "snap out of it." Myth #4. Children don't have mental illness. In fact, 10 percent of children and adolescents suffer from serious emotional and mental disorders that have a major impact on their day-to-day lives, according to a 1999 US Surgeon General report. Myth #5. People with mental illness don't get well. The truth is that a combination of medication and psychological treatments and support reduces symptoms and improves quality of life in between 70 percent and 90 percent of people with mental illness, according to the US National Alliance on Mental Illness. - (HealthDayNews) Read more: Mind Centre May 2007 NEXT ON HEALTH24X 3 ways to boost your memory 2018-06-14 05:00 More: Mental healthNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical SA first country to break all barriers to revolutionary TB drug Medical Here’s how to train your bladder Medical How your mucus can be a guide to sinusitis treatment Medical SURVEY: Which of these bizarre allergies do you suffer from? Sex Meet the anorexia survivor who lived on water and gum Lifestyle ‘I’m the woman whose terminal breast cancer went into remission after immunotherapy’ From our sponsors Tell us of your unusual allergy and stand a chance to win R2 000! WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Stand a chance to win an Alpecin product hamper worth R1 500! FLU SURVEY: Stand a chance of winning R2 000 cash! Live healthier The juicing trend » A cup of beetroot juice daily can reduce blood pressure Pomegranate juice protects brain The truth about juicing The juicing trend has been around for decades, but how good is it for you really? Your menstrual cycle » SEE: 14 facts about menstruation you might not know Your diet and PMS 5 period apps that make tracking your menstrual cycle a breeze Know exactly when Aunt Flow is on her way.