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Myth: Mental illness isn’t real

01_Real_Myths_about_mental_Because the scars left by a mental illness are invisible from the outside, many people question the legitimacy of mental health disorders. “Not only is this a myth, but it’s really insulting and demeaning to people with these conditions,” says Debbie Plotnick, vice president of mental health and systems advocacy at Mental Health America. Mental illnesses are real conditions that deserve to be taken seriously, and doubting their validity assumes that people suffering from these disorders are faking it, making them feel ashamed of their condition and possibly keeping them from getting the help they need. These are the silent signs you could have an anxiety disorder.

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