Mental Disorders: Overlooked But Grave

There are so many misconceptions and beliefs hindering their awareness of mental disorder.

People with these problems often stigmatized, due to the misinformation of the history and concepts. below are some of the misconceptions

Societal Misconceptions of Mentally disordered Persons

It is usually blamed at;

  • unseen forces
  • witches and evil spirits
  • divine punishment among others

Mentally ill persons were burned, hanged, maimed, chained to redeem their souls and their family image. also to contain and eliminate the cause of the illness. This has affected the acceptability of mental illness.

The out-turn is worse for the mentally deranged fellow/patient as he reacts to the treatment from the society thereby presenting them as

  • Dangerous
  • Unstable
  • Suspicious
  • Unreliable
  • Irresponsible
  • Homicidal

The Meaning of Mental Illness 

It is a behavioral pattern that causes impairment of personal functioning.

Types of Mental disorders 

  • Clinical depression
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Dementia
  • Attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Bipolar
  • Post-traumatic disorder
  • Autism
  • Psychotic disorder

Contributing factors 

  • Drugs:

The unguided use of alcohol, caffeine, and cannabis supports anxiety. while cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines contributes to schizophrenia and psychosis. cannabis is also suspected to cause depression as well.

  • Personal traits:

Someone with an uncontrollable temperament and attitudes might end up with mental illness.

  • Genetics:

Although there no clear cut links between mental illness/disorders, nevertheless,it has been narrowed to family history.

  • Environmental:

This is simply a society where the mentally ill person resides. for the case of schizophrenia and psychosis; migration, discrimination, childhood trauma, drug abuse, loss of loved ones and bullying.


mental illness/disorder can be treated in psychiatric hospitals

  • Psychotherapy:

Here are so many types of therapies for mentally disordered patients

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

This corrects their pattern of thoughts depending on the particular disorder.

  • Psychoanalysis:

This simply studies the unconscious mind.

  • Systematic and family therapies:

Tends to view the change in terms of the system of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.(Wikipedia)


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