FAQ

    Mental Health FAQs

    Courtesy of the Department of Health of the Government of Australia.

    Myths, misunderstandings and facts about mental illness

    Are mental illnesses a form of intellectual disability or brain damage?

    Are mental illnesses a form of intellectual disability or brain damage?

    No. They are illnesses just like any other, such as heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. Yet the traditions of sympathy, support, and flowers given to people with physical illnesses are often denied to those with a mental illness.
    Are mental illnesses incurable and lifelong?
    Are people born with a mental illness?
    Can anyone develop a mental illness?
    Are people with mental illness usually dangerous?
    Should people with a mental illness be isolated from the community?
    Is stigma one of the biggest problems for people with mental illness?
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