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Article : Don’t Ask the Internet, 3 Mental Health Myths

le 16 mars 2016

[PsychCentral] The internet allows us to answer any question, anytime of the day or night. Or does it? Anyone who’s perused the web’s medical pages knows that sometimes too much information can be worse than none at all, unduly causing stress and anxiety. Medical information is great, because it allows us to be informed when we see our doctors, but it can also cause unrelenting stress for the hypochondriac or frightened parent.

When it comes to personal issues like your mental health, you’re best off speaking to a real medical professional, rather than trying to self-diagnose (and self-treat) your issues. Here are three common myths about mental health you should know are bunk, even if you have no one to ask.

  1. Your genes determine your mental health. Whether or not you have a mental health condition is already predetermined by your genes, right? Although this perception is common and often seems to be supported by hereditary aspects of some mental health conditions, it’s not always so cut and dry. The truth is that we all carry some risk  for developing a mental health condition and this innate risk is then exacerbated or diminished throughout your life based on your environment and experiences. It’s true that the genes you’re born with ultimately impact your mental health, but the relationship between mental health issues manifesting or not and how they manifest is much more nuanced than an anonymous online quiz can handle.

Source PsychCentral