Psychologists Debunk 25 Mental-Health Myths

Laura Goorin: So, the
myth that all neat freaks have OCD is a common one. Most people who are clean just actually care about being clean, and that’s totally
different than having OCD. Also, there are no five stages of loss. It’s just a myth. Narrator: That’s Laura Goorin, one of three psychologists
we brought into our studios to debunk some of the most
common mental-health myths. Goorin: So, the myth that
most people with schizophrenia have multiple personalities, that was a very old way
that it was understood, and it’s been proven to not be true. So, with schizophrenia, it’s
not another personality. What it is, though, is
a break with reality and a part of ourselves,
maybe, for instance, that believes that someone
is out to get them. OK, so that’s a really common
one with schizophrenia. So the myth that all “neat
freaks” have OCD is a common one. It seems like it’s almost
a popular cultural thing that people say to each
other, “You have OCD,” when somebody is, like,
organizing their bag. And, in reality, OCD itself, the illness has different components. And one of the subsets is the keeping things organized and clean. But it has to be at an obsessive level, where people are thinking
about it all the time. And so that itself is really uncommon. Most people who are clean just actually care about being clean. And that’s totally
different than having OCD. Jillian Stile: Bipolar disorder
is not simply mood swings. It’s a very high elevation
of maybe a positive mood and a very low, negative mood. Everybody has mood swings. But with bipolar disorder,
it’s not just that. It’s severe forms of elevated
mood or depressed mood, and they cycle through that. And so sometimes it could be shown as symptoms of, like, a manic episode, might be somebody, like, hypersexuality or not sleeping at all and things like that. It’s not simply feeling good. Goorin: This is a common myth, and I hear people throw
this one around a lot too. Anxiety itself is thinking,
thinking, thinking. And just imagine yourself going into the worry
thoughts of “what if.” What if, what if this
happens, what if that happens. And it’s unremitting, and it goes on for hours for some people. Sometimes it’s more passing for others. But being stressed out about something, as humans, we’re wired
to handle stressors, and we’ve been dealing with
an onslaught of stressors since the beginning of time. You know, going to
work, taking the subway, coming in contact with
other people. You know, that can be stressful. That
can be stress-inducing. Unless you have an
actual, like, panic attack while you’re taking the subway, that would be more of an anxiety reaction, whereas the stress of taking the subway is more stress-based. Stile: You know, everybody
feels anxious, let’s say, before a presentation or before an exam. But an anxiety disorder is
the extreme form of that where it becomes, you know, it interferes with
somebody’s daily functioning. Goorin: This is actually
a really important myth. Sadness is an ephemeral
reaction to something. It’s an emotion and, by
definition, lasts a few seconds. It can last, like, 10
minutes, but on average, we have an emotion, it passes, and then we have another emotion. The thing that tends to bring us from sadness to depression is rumination, which means thinking and
thinking and thinking about the thing over
and over and over again. And that’s how we then go
from sadness to depression, but it’s not an immediate thing. We all have moments of sadness, and we just allow them and let them pass. We tend to be OK. But if we get caught up
in getting ruminating and thinking about all
the reasons why we’re sad, that’s when we tend to go into depression. So, to the myth that depression
is not a real illness, it is a real illness, and, in fact, it can be
incredibly debilitating. In order to classify as having depression, we have to have some kind of
a lethargic kind of behavior where we have trouble getting out of bed. I mean, there are different
ways of depression, but one of the primary ones has this, what they’re called
neurovegetative symptoms, like, where we can’t
sleep, where we can’t eat. There’s also a kind of
depression which is dysthymia, which has an anhedonia component into it, which means less pleasure in
things that we used to enjoy, which is another kind of depression. And a lot of people will describe, like, “Oh, I used to love pottery, and now I can’t even look at pots.” You know? Like, something
just totally changes for them when they’re deeply in
this state of depression. Neil Altman: Talking about painful things that you’ve learned how to sort cover over can initially be more painful but in the interest of working out things that if not dealt with straightforwardly are gonna come back to bite them. I’ll say another thing about that is that sometimes patients wonder, “What’s the therapist gonna
feel if I say thus and so?” Like, “Can the therapist handle the level of despair
that I sometimes feel?” And on those occasions, when the patient has the
strength to put it out there and see how the therapist responds, the fact that the therapist can handle it is a big step toward the patient then being able to handle it. There are reasons, and
they may change over time. But I think the thing that
I would want to debunk in that respect is the idea that there’s a single reason. So that if you handle that, then you’re gonna be freed of that. And there’s not. In most cases, there’s not. You’ve got to discover the
reasons, in the plural, that you’re depressed and what
you can do something about. And what you can’t. Stile: The myth that
only women get depressed couldn’t be further from the truth. However, women are twice as
likely to experience depression. So, the reason why oftentimes people think women have a higher rate
of depression than men is because of maybe hormonal changes, life circumstances, and stress. The other thing that I like to think about is that women might express their feelings in a different way than men do. So, sometimes men might, you
know, act out behaviorally, whereas women might focus on
their internal experience. And so they might be more likely to see a therapist if that’s the case. Goorin: When people
have gone down the road of eventually deciding
to go on medications for antidepressants, they don’t change your personality; they change the symptoms of depression. They can also work for anxiety. So, typically, if you have just typical symptoms of
depression and anxiety, we’ll be given an antidepressant is what it’s called, an SSRI. And that will help us
regulate the symptoms of our, just, up and down of moods. And the way I describe it to people is it’s like going back to your baseline you when it’s the right medication. But it doesn’t change your personality. Your personality, you’re you. So, in terms of the myth
that we’ll always be cured from depression by antidepressants, the research shows that the
most effective thing right now for depression is actually therapy. And then for people who
need antidepressants, therapy and antidepressants together are another effective form. And not everybody has to take it. So even with people who
are taking antidepressants, it’s important to still be in therapy. Altman: The myth that bad
parenting causes mental illness I think is a trap. Because parents are all too ready to take responsibility and to feel guilty about all sorts of problems
that their children have. So there’s no point in reinforcing that and harming and damaging the
mental health of parents. If you think that your parents
caused your mental illness, you’re gonna end up endlessly
complaining about your parent. What can you do about
the way you were raised? You can do something about
what it’s left you with in the present. Goorin: Around LGBT adults and youth, there’s so many myths
associated with mental health. And a big part of it I think is, unfortunately, because
the profession that I’m in had a really dirty history
along these lines in the DSM, which is our Diagnostic
Statistic Manual, until 1973, homosexuality was actually
listed as a disorder. And after a lot of pushback and studies and LGBTQ rights being
integrated into theory, we realized that that was really outdated. And since then, in
DSM-3, it stopped being, unless somebody has specific
anxiety related to being gay, then they’re not diagnosed ever with a mental-health-related
disorder associated with it. The same is true for
being trans, actually. That it’s only if somebody
has what’s called dysphoria, where they don’t like their body, that they then have a diagnosis. But just being trans in and of itself isn’t a disorder anymore. You know, to the question about what role mental health plays in the
attacks of gun violence, unfortunately, that’s
been a mischaracterization of people who have severe mental illness, is that they’re more likely to
commit crimes and with guns. It’s not that people with mental illness are more likely to be aggressive. It’s the people who commit these
crimes have access to guns, and they tend to be really self-loathing. Like, that’s kind of the primary thing that makes people have a lack of empathy. That seems to be the things that make them be more
violent and aggressive. Those are better predictors than any type of a mental health disorder. People talk about a whole
town, like, on the news, “A whole town was
traumatized by the shooting,” for instance. Right? And it doesn’t work that
way, and that’s actually one of the most common
mental-health disorders that I’ve seen mischaracterized in that particular way, is PTSD. People seem to think that by
virtue of having the experience to a potentially traumatic event, that you’ll have these
particular realm of symptoms that include hypervigilance,
there’s impulsivity. There’s so many different realms of what comes up for people after trauma, and I’ve heard people say, you know, “Because I was traumatized, because I was there at
9/11,” for instance. Well, a whole city was there, and we have really good numbers about the number of people
who ended up having PTSD, and they’re actually really small. When something like this happens, a major tragedy like a
gun shooting or a 9/11 or any other type of tragedy like that, people tend to be resilient. There’s a big myth, actually, even within the mental-health field saying that there are prototypical ways to respond to grief and loss. And that’s in pop culture as well, that people have these ideas that there’s one way to grieve and if we’re not devastated
and deeply traumatized that somehow we’re in denial or unfeeling. And that’s not true. In fact, since the beginning of time, we’ve been dealing with death. We have different ways of dealing with it. And sometimes we’re relieved
that the person dies because we didn’t have a very
good relationship with them. Or even if the person, if we love them and we feel really connected
to them but they were sick, we’re relieved that they’re dead because we don’t want
them to suffer anymore. People tend to feel really guilty about being relieved after a death, which is a very common reaction to death. There are no five stages
of loss; it’s just a myth. And it’s one of the most
popular myths out there. And it’s one of those things where people who aren’t
very psychologically minded will come in and say, “Oh, my gosh, I must be in
the denial phase of loss,” or, “I must be in this phase because I’m not dealing with it yet.” In reality, I just think
it’s one of those things that makes us feel safe. Like, if we can imagine
these stages are ahead of us, then we can feel better
about where we are, and so I think that’s why it’s so popular. However, I’ve seen the flip side, which is why it can be damaging, when people have losses and
they’re judging themselves for not having this
prototypical series of stages, and they’re not based on
reality or evidence or anything. OK, so, people are gonna
hate me for saying this, but, and this is so common in the dating world. Like, if you ever look
on people’s profiles on dating profiles, they always
say, like, “I am an NYFB,” or, I don’t even know what they say. But it’s always about how they’re these certain, you know,
Myers-Briggs score. And it’s really popular
these days, Myers-Briggs. And, in fact, a lot of
organizations use it and really base a lot
of their testing on it. Again, there’s no validation
around any of these studies. And so while it might resonate for people, and that is something that, you know, just like when we talk about, you know, “I’m a Gemini because I do this,” you know, it resonates for you,
the idea of being a Gemini, and you might act in ways that remind you of this description of
what it is to be a Gemini, but there are no empirical tests to say that you are such this thing. There are personality tests, but Myers-Briggs isn’t one of them. Altman: The myth that therapy is gonna be exclusively about the past or predominantly about the past and not help you in your current life or not give you a form for talking about what’s
happening today and yesterday, there’s a reason why people
hold on to that myth. And the reason is that there was an early
version of psychoanalysis that held to the idea that
people’s personalities were formed in their first five years and that the past was strongly
formative of the present. It sometimes can be helpful to say that there was a pattern
that was established in relation to people in the past. And that can give you some perspective on what’s happening in the present. So making reference to the past is not necessarily a bad thing, but it should never be
because this happened, therefore you’re having this problem now. It’s not an explanation. It’s only a way of getting
perspective on the present. Stile: I think oftentimes
people might say, “Oh, why not go speak with a
friend who’s a good friend, and they can keep things confidential?” But therapists are trained
to work in a particular way to help people deal with
specific problems they’re facing. Therapists are different than friends because even though your
friends might be willing to, for example, hold a secret, therapists really treat things in a very confidential manner. And they’re willing to explore things that maybe a friend would
be uncomfortable exploring. Altman: Actually, the
fact is that most people who come to therapy are
among the stronger people. And the reason is because
they have the courage and the strength to look at themselves, which is not an easy thing
to do in various ways. I think it’s because the
people who come to me are people who’ve already
decided to work on themselves. Good therapists don’t force their patients to talk about something they
don’t want to talk about. To the contrary, I think that even encouraging a person to talk about something that they’re not ready to talk
about is counterproductive. The problem with hitting
pain points right on the head is privacy, for one thing. People are entitled to their privacy. Therapy isn’t just an
opportunity to spill. So I think having people’s privacy, when their privacy is respected, that makes them more confident
to open up, actually. But the other problem for that is that the therapist needs to be thinking that there’s a limit to
the tolerance of everybody, including the therapist, for how much pain they can
tolerate at any given time. And so respect for people’s
anxiety about getting into some of the more difficult
things in their lives is also part of the process. Goorin: Psychiatrists are the only ones who are able in this country
to prescribe medication. They do what’s called a
psychopharmacological consult, where they will go through
all of your history. And that’s something
they do if you want that. And I say if you want that because it’s really important. As a psychologist, for instance, we always try therapy first. It’s the treatment of
preference for all clinicians. In fact, they’ve done all these
studies that have shown that therapy first for several months before you then even
think about a medication is the best course of
treatment for people. Because that way you can
really see what is what. And if you then still
want to do medications, it’s certainly something
you can talk about. But you don’t have to do medications. It’s up to you and your therapist if it feels like that
would be beneficial to you. Altman: I would not say
that most therapists consider that therapy
has to go on forever. But I think when you’re
interviewing somebody and considering them to be your therapist, that’s one thing to ask about. How do you think about how
long this should go on, and when do you start to think that maybe it’s time to end it? How do you break up with your therapist? Do not break up with your therapist in an email or a text or a phone message. You’ve got to be direct.
You’ve got to say, “I’ve been thinking that maybe
it’s time for us to stop.” But then that can’t be the end of it. If you haven’t already said it, hopefully you have already
said it in one way or another in the preceding sessions. “What I’ve been looking for is this, and I see how it’s been
happening in my life.” And maybe give an example or two. But it’s not like you feel you have to convince the therapist. I want to be sure to let people know that there are lots of ways of getting good psychotherapy
at a reduced fee. So, there are institutes where people get advanced
training beyond their doctorate. And all those institutes
have training clinics where people are treated at a low fee. And some people might think
that the higher the fee, the more skilled the practitioner, which is not necessarily the case. But certainly in that case it’s not true.

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  • The editing in this video, where the "myth" is presented at the same time the speaker begins to talk, is bad. I had to resort to pausing the video to have enough time to read and comprehend it before I could begin listening to the speaker.

  • Dang… so the AP Psychology I took and got a 5/5 was all a lie??? Welp thats 2 years of my life that I wasted.

  • I like to smell farts. I don't mean my own. Help.

  • Transgenderism is a mental illness in the DSM. Sorry, honey.

  • Sorry, but it is an illness, for why would someone defy logic?

  • Technically bipolar disorder is my dad’s fault bc I inherited it from him, but also I have no problem blaming him bc we don’t talk anymore

  • so what your saying is psychological disorders like anxiety and depression people misdiagnosed or over diagnose them self thanks social media who just want attention….seems accurate

    swear like hella people from my my generation post on Instagram or Snapchat saying they "have depression or anxiety" when in reality they just want attention and being dramatic and it takes away from those who really do have those disorders

    and now some people are trying to say they have "semi depression" or "non clinical depression that comes and goes" or what I like to call drama.

  • When Laura was talking about depression versus sadness and depression symptoms and I realized that I’m depressed and no one around me really takes it seriously because I honestly don’t but this video was very educational

  • where did that myth come from only women can be depressed? then what abt the high suicide rates in men? lul

  • I wish they talked about eating disorders. Such as the myth that they look a certain way, anorexia doesn’t equal emancipated and binge eating disorder doesn’t equal obesity.

  • LOL, so trans people aren't suffering dysphoria unless they don't feel right in they're own bodies, so everyone that is tras but some are not , ok what ever miss I know everything , btw , Psychology is on of the last kind of medical science that doesn't look at the organ when coming up with a diagnostic ,so how's that whole progress thing going for you

  • Why only psychologist? Can't you find a psychiatrist?

  • But like… you have to have dysphoria to be trans that's literally the one thing thats required.. yea I doubt the repeatability of this video

  • Yea, being gay or trans is not a mental illnes, it's a genetic disorder.

  • Actually, you are weak if you need therapy, but people have stigmatized the word very heavily. Weakness, in these cases, comes about when you're exhausted and have been emotionally beaten down into a weakened state. It does require strength for one to build up the courage to pick themselves up despite the constant blows, but strength itself is a composition of personal discipline, focus, knowing how much one can push their limits and the ability to make the decision to break through the current state. It does require a strong person to do that, but the state itself is one of weakness due to a constant overload.

  • Autophobia and dysmorphia are the onus behind homosexual and transsexual lifestyles and should’ve never been taken out the DSM

  • I believe that being transgender is a mental disorder.

  • "All professions are conspiracies against the laity”   (George Bernard-Shaw)

  • "Because parents are all too ready to take responsibility and to feel guilty about all sorts of problems that their children have."
    That is so unbelievably false. How many times did I hear mine or other parents say something along the lines of "WHERE DID YOU LGET THIS BAD BEHAVIOR FROM?!"? Or when I open up to my parents after they harass me to do so, and then insult me when I give in to their demand.

  • I wish that more people were aware of how real mental illnesses are. I'm bipolar and I can't tell you how many times I've heard that "everybody has mood swings". That shit hits deep.

  • Transgenderism is a mental illness

  • EXCUSE ME, but there IS such a thing of the "5 Stages of Loss"! I should know, I am currently in the denial stage!!

  • These people are autistic

  • People that get guns and kill people have a lack of empathy and are very self loathing. Sounds like some mental issues to me but whatever lady…

  • That Laura seems to be pretty crazy.

  • Where could I find one of these clinics??? I’m from South Florida. And it’s been hard trying to find some help that I can actually afford

  • I am another one that doesn't really like the Myers Briggs as you can clearly be on the border of two things. For mine I know I am a strong introvert (I) and a strong feeling (F) but my other two are so close that I never know if I am an ISFJ, and INFJ, INFP or whatever. I think inventories like this can be helpful in things like career evaluation but shouldn't be taken as hard and true fact (only ESFJ's are well equipped for this job, etc)

  • I grew up learning DABDA, the five grief stages which I always thought made sense until I lost my own dad and realized even before denial I was just totally numb, so more like shock/numbness came before denial, Then the others were sort of mish mosh around and were not clear cut stages.

  • Therapy isn't really about digging up the past. While past events can shape your beliefs and reactions to things, digging up the past goes back to psychoanalysis and Freud in the early days of psychology. Today you see more things like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) used which are both present and solution focused where as classical psychoanalysis dealt more with how to fix a problem.

  • A video about mental health without a psychiatrist.

  • 8:50 then why do mass shootings not happen in other gun loving countries it's wired how America used to have tons of serial killer now mass shooters

  • Is it me or did the woman with brown hair basically state that if you don't have panic attacks then you don't have anxiety…?

  • Was really hoping to see some debunked Borderline PD myths, like the common belief that BPD is multiple personalities, BPD are malignant manipulators, or BPD is a lifelong, untreatable disorder.

  • 1:54 THANK YOU!!!!

  • "do not break up with your therapist via text"

  • 4:05 that switch up in her expression though

  • the background music is really distracting

  • I used to work with a guy who I'm pretty sure had OCD and his main thing was constantly taking his tools off his work bench and putting them back exactly where they were because it wasn't perfect to him. Like he could put them in his perfect spot before he left, nobody would touch them, and he'd come back the next day and redo it anyway cause something about it wasn't right anymore. Sometimes guys would literally just boop a wrench like a half inch and it would practically ruin his next hour. He had a smaller tic, also, for things being even numbered whenever possible or he'd get bad anxiety. Like he'd count how many bites he was taking and how many times he chewed. He'd count how many times he turned a bolt. He'd touch things twice. Super good at his job in terms of knowledge but he'd often get behind on work because he'd too often be messing with his tools or trying to retrace his steps or something.

  • "Psychiatrists are the only ones who can prescribe medication in this country(US)", no they are not. In terms of therapists, according to wikipedia: "Currently, psychologists may prescribe in five states: Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, New Mexico, and Louisiana, as well as in the Public Health Service, the Indian Health Service, the U.S. military, and Guam".

  • "SSRIs dont change who you are" 100% FALSE.

  • Umm, liiiiike, I've got PTSD aaafter listeningggg to her vocal frrrrrryyyyyy….

  • I think the worst myth is that depression is a single disease caused by some kind of serotonin imbalance. I believe "depression" actually encompasses a broad spectrum of similar yet different disorders that may or may not be neuro-chemical in nature. Some sufferers complain about apathy, others complain about sadness, some just have chronic exhaustion, and yes some talk of suicidal thoughts, and it goes on and on. How did this become so widely diagnosed and treated as a single disease? Its been painfully clear to me for years, clinical depression needs to be studied a LOT more and medicinal treatments need to be more cautiously crafted. Don't just throw zoloft at every depressed or anxious patient! You are putting them on a crutch that will change their brain chemistry at its core. Its like putting a pacemaker into the chest of everyone that comes in complaining of chest pain, just to be on the safe side…

  • 2:30 this woman is conflating acute physical stressors with chronic psychological stressors and not differentiating the evolutionary origins of adaptation to physical but not these modern psychological stressors. This is frustrating to hear from a “scientist”

  • 4:05

  • It doesn't help that the 5 stages of grief is still taught in higher education classes.

  • I appreciate this video on an very understated level. I’ve gotten so tired of hearing people, mostly women in my experience, claim to be OCD, when I’m fact they weren’t even, as suggested, clean and neat; but rather controlling and had to have things their done their way. Also, my most recent ex girlfriend was shot when she was younger, but doesn’t exhibit even the mildest symptoms of PTSD.

  • Antidepressants can absolutely affect your personality traits… but, such effects are deemed adverse effects.

  • A therapists goal should always be to make him-/herself redundant. I know some go in psychotherapy for years and years and that might be fine. But, therapists who continue seeing clients even thought there is no apparent benefit are quacks.

  • Exercise also helps with depression research has proven it. It can be just as effective as meds

  • the thing about being on anti depressants and it changing the personality. that's a hard one for me to be honest, because i noticed i stopped laughing the same and i didn't act the way i would before i was on them. for me personally, it changed me, and not in a good way

  • >Only Women get depressed
    Not only have I never heard this myth, I would never have believed it.
    I have only ever known one woman who told me she was depressed. I've met dozens of guys who were either aware of their depression, or aware that something was off and I helped identify it.
    If there's any bias at all, I've only seen it in the other direction

  • Being overly aggressive, self loathing, and lacking empathy are mental is a mental health disorder. These people contradict themselves.

  • The last "myth" is actually not a myth. Fees are astronomically out of reach for people with low income. The programs for "reduced" fees have 9, 12 months or longer waiting lists. If you are not rich enough to hire a therapist on the spot, too bad, you should have thought of that before being poor and unable to function.

  • re: antidepressants change personality: in my experience it often seems that way from the outside, especially if someone has been taking advantage of your depressed mood. when i improve in my depression, i often notice the toxic people who i didn't recognize before complain of "anger issues" and me being "mean" because i formerly just accepted their abuse, but when i went back on meds that worked and was able to open my eyes and have a little backbone, they instantly got butthurt and jumped ship like whiny little ticks off a dog.

  • I just don't connect with how they tried to describe these… sometimes they were completely wrong too…

  • The choices of music are rubbish

  • You're all wimps

  • Personally I know I have depression because I've been told by several therapists I have it. I'd love to see a therapist to get through my problems and get over the things that are literally debilitating for me. But so far either they push subjects that I'm extremely uncomfortable with, they start crying when I'm talking to them and then start to Pity me, or they try to make it out as if I'm making a mountain out of a mole hill and tell me to literally just get over a crippling problem. So at this point I'm just so skeptical about every therapist.

  • Thankyou for this. I hear so many people say "that womans hair in her face is giving me anxiety" or "that person doing this is giving me anxiety" this is not it. Anxiety is real and is horrible.

  • I always worried about therapists pushing medication.

  • I’ve always been super honest to my therapists. If I want to kms, I’ll tell them tbh

  • Myers-Briggs…. aw man..

  • The people who tell you talking about depression makes it worse are saying it makes it worse to be around you. Stay away from these people.

  • It seems to me that the "five stages" everyone always refers to get o completely misconstrued with what they actually refer to, so I figured that after finishing On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kübler Ross, I'd let everyone know.
    The five stages referred to, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance, have nothing to do with people who are experiencing loss. They have to do with the person who is dying. Kübler-Ross, during her research, tended to study people with terminal illnesses and those who were very near death, not people who were grieving after someone they knew died. So just in case people want to try and place that "five stages" bullcrap on somebody you might know, and say something like, "oh, they're depressed now, so the next stage is acceptance", now you know that the stages had nothing to do with those grieving. it had to do with those who were dying.

  • None of this was helpful in any way.

  • From the same people that brought you 953 genders…

  • "Anxiety is just getting stressed out!!!"

    i belive your a karen

  • Bloody, I've tried therapy, had to pay a hundred bucks extra for missing a day because I could not sleep to night before and no way I was going to drive all the way across the county in that state, and the only answer I got out of all of it was that I MAY have aspurgers. No, do not give me that excuse, and do not group me with them. I'll face this myself untill we have brain scanners or something.

  • The person who worked on the background music should be fired

  • Diagnosable conditions have a tendency to get turned into watered-down adjectives in daily use: anorexic, autistic, OCD, psycho, PTSD, manic, depressed – we've all used one of those terms casually to mean something less than the actual condition.

  • Transexuals are also Schitzo

  • I'm so glad she talked about Myers brigs its always wrong for me and we learnt to take it in psych school lol

  • Some of these were wrong (not completely, but enough) and those weren’t explained very clearly.

  • 5:55
    The true reason for this video becomes clear; to convince unsuspecting potential consumers to take antidepressants.
    Yes, they do change your personality. And they give you suicidal thoughts.

  • OMG! Dr. Gooring has this spontaneous and delightful smile 😊

  • "can the therapist handle the level of despair I'm feeling"

    Nah more like "is this schooled weirdo gonna see me as a psyckopath for having these violent fantasies? Better not tell him since I don't wanna be locked up"

  • "Science"

  • the first lady is 100% the mum of the liva worst from twitter, they look the same

  • story time sorry its a little long:
    i had a case with one of my past doctors [not current] where i was crying in the doctors office because my mom and i had talked about not going for a certain issue that i didn't believe i had [i think it was Asperger syndrome or something? and yes, i don't have it] and previously that week she had promised that she wouldn't force me to go, we'd had a heart to heart and i felt it had been done with. My mother had forced me to go even though she promised not to, and so i was crying in the office because i was so upset that she'd broken a promise and lied to me.
    the nurse/doctor, i can't remember which but i'm pretty sure it had to be the doctor, said "why don't we try depression medication?" they didn't talk about therapy, Aspergers [they completely brushed that off probably, because it wasn't a therapy office!] and i was literally forced on depression medicine by my mother because of this doctor who was trying to prescribe me this medication, which worked btw, i took the medicine for a couple days before i just started outright refusing it. I wish i'd spoken out about it now, i should have really did something…not that i'm sure what i would have been able to do? it was malpractice, if i had been someone who really didn't have depression [because me crying in a doctor's office for a REASON bc of my mother is not a symptom of depression, and should never have been the reason they tried to prescribe me the medicine] i could have gotten it had i taken it regularly and not been depressed, because depression medication can cause depression if you're not depressed.
    I don't know how this would have been possible if they say "you can't get this medication without going through this therapy," idk. i think they need to put in more stops so that a normal doctor can't just prescribe the medication without some sort of therapy paper or something if that's the case. There's too many people out there with controlling parents for there not to be a bit of a barrier to get medicine.
    I'm not in denial that i have depression, though. Man i do, but i don't think anyone can just 'get happy' without some proper ways to cope and get therapy. medicine isn't the only way, and as they said they should always try to help without it first. You'd think my mother would understand, as she has schizophrenia and takes depression medication in combo with her medicine for her schizo that makes her pretty much like everyone else, but… i guess not.
    If i could afford therapy i damn well would, my anxiety/depression is suffocating at times. sometime near the beginning of the year i had a couple months where i was just…inexplicably not anxious or depressed and i was able to get things done and i felt like i could do things, but as soon as it died down i was right back where i was. I don't live with my mother anymore to avoid unnecessary pain and stress, but i know i can't live where i am forever. well, anyway, that's basically a quick little summary of a story about a doctor you should never try to go to. sorry if you read through this and was expecting a bit of a different story!

  • About the myth of encouraging taking medication. I’m sorry, but in reality it is kind of different. What the therapist said about this myth is not really how it is in reality. In my experience, psychiatrists tend to give medications more than psychologists, I think mostly because they are more used to the concept of treating illnesses with medicine (because they studied medicine). But of course that isn’t the case with every psychiatrist/psychologist, there are psychologists that tend to suggest antidepressants more frequently also and vice versa. And if you’re in a very severe depression antidepressants can be the only thing that helps really, because severely depressed people might not be able to benefit from therapy at all, because of their depression. So really the subscription kinda depends on the therapist your seeing and the issue your dealing with. Sometimes it is the best we can offer to help, even if they have a lot of side-effects, but those might be better than the way our illness would develop without medication. I’m a psychology student in my 4th Semester by the way.

  • Happiness has been correlated with well-being.

  • What I don't get is how thinking someone is out get you nesicerly is a delusion.

    I mean you do have mass shootings and criminals that do target people.

    So I think it all depends on if evidence suggest a person is out to get them or not.

    But even in the case their is no evidence or the evidence seems to go against it they may not have the full evidence.

  • Trauma can cause mental illness.

    Hell the day treatment I went to told me that.

    So if the perant caused their child trauma it can cause mental health problems.

    Just Like trauma can cause all kinds of mental problems.

    Hell some people solitary confinement is traumatic enough to cause psychotic breaks.

  • This video seems to have an agenda of some sort…🙄

  • Women are 2 times more likely to be diagnosed with depression but men are nearly 4 times more likely to commit suicide.

  • I get that the way a parent raises their kid isn’t the cause of mental illness because there has to be predisposition to begin with but it’s also important to point out that as a child, our parents are supposed to be the two people we look to as role models, as examples of how to be. And whether we learn behaviour that is “bad” or whether our parents don’t show us affection or reject us when they’re the people that are supposed to show us love & that we’re worthy no matter what- that’s something that can undoubtedly cause mental illness, let alone other emotional, physical or psychological (or otherwise) abuse.

    I feel like the explanation should’ve been a bit more in depth because it wasn’t super clear that he’s saying that there has to be more than one thing that causes a mental illness.

  • I dont know about any of this but if anybody wants to hit me up to play some COD im down

  • Thank you especially about the Myers-Briggs myth❤ I am really annoyed by the value people give this test! As an autist i kinda hate it when other autists say they are INTJ(INTP, INFJ,INFP Whatever) and were wrongly diagnosed with asperger/autism/ADD. Very unhealthy, very damaging.

    The myth that was busted for me is the five stages of loss are not true. I always thought i did something wrong, also because people said i did not do it right and i just ignored a few steps, even though it felt healthy/flowing to me.

    I am so glad to hear healthy therapists not force medication on you or force to tell you things. Ive had a few therapists who were very abusive and it becomes more and more clear they were not good at their jobs. They misdiagnosed me for very heavy illneses(incl heavy meds i was allergic to) and forced me to take the role of such a patient. Sometimes i was not even allowed to leave the room until i "admitted", for example, i was cutting myself. Then they wanted me to show the cuts, but because there were none i told them they were on private parts. So i was quickly diagnosed with the worst case of that allready heavy mental illness. I was "just" an autistic kid with ADD, and now also PTSD. The more it becomes clear about the damage they did the more i can let go of the thoughts i did something wrong as a kid and getting convinced i did not deserved their punishments.

  • These people are so pleasant to listen to. This was kinda eye-opening. Great video!

  • I thought I'd learn new things but I've already researched so many illnesses and have talked to too many psychologists 🙂

  • Please, give me your definition of “bad parenting”.

  • Sadness lasts 10 minutes? Never in my life has sadness lasted less than several hours. I have issues. o_o

  • Even Blaire White, a trans woman, fights that you have to have dysphoria to be trans… just like you have to have same sex attraction to be gay…. to be indifferent about your body is an opposite of wanting to change it, and verbal identification alone is not full identification… that’s just a “face/front”

  • If mental illness is not an insult (which it isn't) then why is it wrong to say that homosexuality or transgenderism is a mental illness?

  • Does meditation really help with mental health 🤔 looking for answer for math phobia

  • The boys in my class sometimes yell "you have autism/OCD/Down-Syndrom, haha" and I hate it so much. They don't realize how serious mental illnesses and disabilities are…

  • 6:56. Actually, yes, bad parenting can cause Mental illnesses like Depression and Anxiety. Comparing a child to other children, making a child feel bad for natural things like crying and being sad, making a child feel like they can't ever say no, helicopter parenting, and many other things can make a child anxious, depressed, or insecure due to bad parenting.

  • to live in a capitalist society … you have to be crazy

  • Never heard that women have a higher rate of depression thing. I always thought it was the other way around

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