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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100 thoughts on “Psychologists Debunk 25 Mental-Health Myths”

  1. The man who said that those seeking therapy are actually some of the strongest people really touched my heart. All my life I was never called strong but rather weak.

  2. 8:20
    Well of course they don't like their body, otherwise they wouldn't be transgender. I doubt there's any transgender that likes having the opposite sex's body, I know I wouldn't.

    I guess the point of something being a disorder or not just depends on if it's affecting your everyday life & you want to change it.

  3. I'm a psychologist. It bothers me a lot that psychological terms have made it to popular culture, and that's been happening for decades, for example the word idiot or histerical. Lately, it's OCD, or PTSD. I'm not a native English speaker and I can't judge, but same might be happening around anxiety (which is indeed not the same as stress or being nervous or afraid). It's dangerous because it invalidates people with mental disorders. I'd be happy if people at least understood the definition of mental disorder, which is, "(…) These symptoms must cause the individual clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning". If whatever you are experiencing doesn't fit with that, then you cannot use a clinical term for it. You're not depressed, you're sad/down. You don't have OCD, you just like to organise/clean.

  4. Near freaks use the term "OCD" too much. OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) actually comes from, "traumatic experiences that one has experienced during childhood". Know the difference & don't keep on just using the term as you like. Seriously tho!!!

  5. i dont usually get shaken up by much but wow, my grandmother was everything to me, brought me up and everything. When she died I didn't feel sad, just relieved. I was seven at the time so I didn't understand that she had terminal cancer but I was definitely old enough to understand what happened. I still don't really miss her like in a melancholy way or anything but i always felt like i was the only one in my family injected with local anaesthetic wherever pain was meant to hit while we became subjected to the pain of her loss and it wore off by the time we all recovered so I didn't feel anything, but maybe that's not what happened to me.

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  7. i'd like to know who exactly these mental health professionals are holding responsible for the abundance of misinformation that gets accepted as psychiatric fact about the human condition. sometimes it's just some whackadoo jibbering at the gullible (like david avocado wolfe), but most of these myths (like the five stages of loss and that ocd is always only ever accompanied by cleaning behaviors) get into the popular consciousness because mental health professionals just like you put them there.

    is it possible that a more effective way to eliminate these myths is to work on getting dishonest people out of your profession? because it seems to me that just adding your own voices to an already vast and confusing cacophony maybe isn't the best first step, here.

  8. i find it hard to believe that these things are actually believed. ONLY women get depressed, who started that kind of crap.

  9. I do not agree with the male psychologist. Bad parenting does, in some cases, cause the depression. The person may have a genetic predisposition, but environment plays a large, crucial part. Please upvote. Would love to see him respond with his thoughts on this.

  10. Can we talk about "thinking positive will cure you". I have a physical disability, and because of that I was diagnosed with depression. People continue to tell me "if you just think positively you won't need medication. You're just sad." Yes. I am mourning my former self, and I do get sad. But I'm not "just sad". People don't take mental health issues seriously because the terms are part of pop culture and regular speech. Also, if you need help and can't afford therapy, there are student therapists that work for lower rates.

  11. I don't think the five stages of grief are 100% accurate, but I do think those 5 things are very common, but it definitely isn't in stages. I know from personal experience, you can go from anger to denial, to acceptance, then back to denial. I've been all over these 5 factors for a year. It shouldn't be portrayed as this sort of schedule for your grief. You don't just go through 5 stages and then you're done, that couldn't be further from the truth.

  12. who tf says that only women get depressed and being gay or transgender is a mental illness (I do know that the last one is something that we thought way back)

  13. I think that people dont see depression as real because some people choose to continue to indulge in depressing behaviours until depression occurs

  14. My depression went from seasonal, to a complete apathy towards anything. I lost interest in everything. A dark cloud that engulfs your entire soul. Little did I know then that it was playing off of my undiagnosed ADD.

  15. I don't really agree that medicines that control your mood disorders don't change your personality, I literally went through an identity crisis when I started to take my medicine because I was in use to identify myself with my problem

  16. I had medications BEFORE the therapy, to make me stable enough to not be a danger to myself and be productive during the therapy

  17. Transgenderism (or Gender Dysphoria) is literally a mental illness. If it weren't it wouldn't be covered by Canada's medical plan. I have two trans people in my family, and they are both happy that it is considered a mental illness because it pays for their hormones and (some) surgeries.

    Further, some will argue that a trans person is trapped in the wrong body, which is patently false. All one has to do is a chromosomal test to be absolutely sure. Men who transition to living as women are literally, and biologically, men, thus, it is a mental illness because it is entirely contained within the mind.

  18. I have Contamination OCD and it really is so intense for me to not think about if I had washed my hands or accidentally touched someone, or stop myself from showering for too long thinking that I'm still dirty or wash my hands all the time but the fact that I have told my whole class, they laugh about it and say "you don't have it, you're lying." it gets me mad, I am not being supported by own teacher or class even if I have proof that it's real.

  19. Twenty years of therapy didn't help me very much. It never felt anything more than someone I paid to listen to me. I have a friend that's a better listener than professional "listeners".

  20. Myth: Myth: Bad Parenting causes mental illness…. these idiots need to refer to Dr. Gabor Mate before making public debunking claims.

  21. i appreciate the mention of OCD. i am the messiest person i know BUT when i do clean, i have to clean everything i can’t leave it even slightly messy so i get overwhelmed in the middle and give up.

  22. i have never in my life heard the idea that emotions last a few seconds to ten minutes. that isn't any definition of emotion i've ever encountered. ever.

  23. I really wish this video would’ve actually talked about borderline personality disorder that’s what I’ve been diagnosed with as well as bipolar to PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder but the primary is the borderline personality disorder

  24. Everyone in the comments needs to stop pulling an "um actually". If you need to nitpick professionals and make therapy custom tailored to you, then do it in therapy! not the comment section!

  25. Turns out most of it is quackery, pseudoscience, and often self diagnosis of unremarkable people desperate for attention, seems about right 🤔

  26. I want to say something about antidepressants changing your personality. I think that her answer is true for other types medications. I've juggle different types of medication for another condition than depression and finally for the past two years I've gotten my original personality back. But all the compulsiveness, high strong emotions and reactions have come to a halt. Which makes people think it's a personality thing but it's not. It's the medication working as it should so that who you are isn't overwhelmed or compulsive any longer. It is quite a WONDERFUL RELIEF!

  27. The one time I talked to a psychologist at kaiser was awful. I started talking about how I lived in poverty as a kid and I’m the most subtle way I could tell she was sort of making fun of me. It was insane. I want to see one again but Im nervous.

  28. The thing about emotions passing in a few minutes isn't very true for me. I often get excited for hours. Or I have an event which is unexpected for me and then I get really anxious for hours. But after these hours, I'm not anxious about it any more, it's just processing the event and that may take some hours.

  29. I don't think that women have a greater tendency to become depressed. But I do think that women have a greater tendency to REPORT the fact that they are depressed. A lot of men are still ashamed to talk about their emotions or seek mental help, so their depression go undetected and they might act out violently or in a self-destructive way as it gets worse.

  30. I fully believe that bad parenting causes mental illness cause, I’ve seen it, not just me but my dad and their parents, the dad of my dad was a bad parent, he was abusive with everyone, his kids and his wife (my grandma) it literally left a lot of trauma in all of my aunties and uncles AND my dad, my dad turns out not being the worst of showing a mental illness to compared to his siblings, but as a dad, we had a lot of trouble in the relationship of dad-kids (me and my brother) definitely we grow up missing a lot of things and with several family trauma that can actually show in us in some kinda of way, it’s sad, i can actually say, that I probably have a lot of mental illnesses to (cause not just one as depression but anxiety also can be maybe ?) and i say maybe cause i am not diagnosed yet, but is because i am not going to a psychologist yet, in a future i am planning to going tho, so, that’s the tea

  31. Talk of Myers briggs tests but Avoid the DCM and ICD manual used to classiify and and label clients with disorders, controversy and the lack of empirical evidence in individual cases. Meaning that the majority of psychiatry, psychology and therapy is a pseudo science based on unconfirmed conjecture and speculation. And not something measured, verified, undeniable, beyond resonable doubt, and unfalsifiable- i.e./e.g. supervised process etc.

    Maybe they should debunk prejudice myths which actually are used in the practice of the occupations, and shove it down your collegues throats. Oh im sure they are fully aware of what they are doing unless the university passed students studying for years and doing the people a dis-service. So either you pass incompitent prejudice bigots or pseudo sadistic psychopaths. Of course there are degrees and transitions and terminology better suited to define some of 'em. And the machinery involved.

    Fact: The patient records are often full of errors. Paperwork are often of a very low standard and there is no real oversight. And a patient is prohibited from editing factual errors and twisted narriatives. Also don't belive them about secrecy. They share it freely to students, even part time workers, aside from to all sorts of law enforcement agencies, employment office and social services at given times and they will reference faulty information for 10, 20 even 30 years later without respecting the real truth and instead try to use false records and such things as weapons, if the law ever gets into trouble with you, they will only see mental illness not that you are innocent. And undermine everything you say belittle, mock, dismiss. Also even if you are clear about disliking double sided behaviours, and appreciete transperancy without having "a doctor" lying to your face and writing a bad review after trying to lure you into a false sense of security, and them using a form of pseudo sadistic operating, to fuel their sad, sorry lives. Using a form of Social cannibalism "eating/feeding" off of your trust, faith, wellbeing etc like the vintage vampires who fed upon human energy.

    – Strange they did not claim that women are +/- 10 times more likely to be depressed as a myth. Most women "I" see seem happier and like to talk and for some reason see things as fullfilling. As men are more prone to things as suicide they say.

    Therapists/psychiatrists/psychologists dont force patients to… talk about anything or are paid friends – the same way an escort arent forcing you to pay for his/her service, but genuinely is interested in being with you, "i'll" tell you the last time I got any sort of information of value from a doctor… Not sure I ever have been given any, from anyone when they are on the job outside off the internet. Some surgeons did a great job though, most in the healthcare industry dont do much, either its yawning, going to meetings, mostly paperwork which turns out badly anyway but the psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, nurses, physio-therapists, work-therapist, fasade health talks about-nutrition, curator and social workers with focus on mental health and more that i have met have not shared any knowledge "I" did not already possess, instead the social exchange was sort of hindered by them in the process, who spread falsehood, betrayed oath, dont take the real job seriously and could have achieved as good or better result in treating the person if they let him go (since im better on my own,) neglected him, or played game boy. Then if those three options doesnt display how useless of a job, and until its changed (worth-less) job and performance it is. Some people earn, their living, others chit-chat, and when some chit chat, good things are allowed to grow, but not under regulatory supervision by idiots. So lets hope these guys are great cause "I" just listed +/- 20 – 30 working professionals in different areas. And am a single individual so the odds arent great if trend follows personal experience of the bs "i've" seen. At least it isnt forced castration anymore and "I" had the pla0easure of skipping straitjackt and being tied down and pumped full with who knows what chemicals, while risking blodclouts. If the session is repeated and/or carried out in regular intervall.

    to be honest are escorts going the extra mile were others stop. As the myth of therapist being willing to dive deeper than your closest friends. Prison guards arent forcing captives to be incarcerated. But they sure are keeping them there. The real comparison works better when fully explained but i'm tired of translating this.

  32. 6:55 is a TOXIC MYTH tbh. I see a lot of millenials complaining and using this reason that they have this and that, im not completely shutting them down but i stick to what he said.

  33. I've been diagnosed with severe depression back in 2015, it came close to a suicide, I failed my whole college year because of it, lost some friends, I've taken medication and consulted a therapist for 7months, and after that I was "cured" as you never truly cure from a depression in my book. You learn to spot it and use methods to get by and make it go away for a while. 4years later, I'm back to being the happy funny guy that I was in HS, I'm now in the army loving my job and enjoying life. Never hesitate to consult, it takes strength and resilience to do, but you'll pull through and make it far afterwards. Never give up on yourself and don't let those "people will judge me" thoughts get the better of you.

  34. why would somebody be trans if they didn't have dysphoria? Isn't that the definition? So by definition, if dysphoria is an illness, then being trans would be a mental illness. If someone was trans and didn't feel malaise in their body then why would they even go through the trouble of transitioning??

  35. Once, with ocd, I just HAD to move something from one way to another because I thought someone would have to take extra time to move it back and then they won't die

    That's OCD. Please don't offend people with ocd by just lining things up and giggling about it

  36. Being transgender is a mental illness. I don’t care how people want to identify but wanting to chop off your penis or invert your vagina because you feel like it’s foreign it’s a mental illness. Some people feel like their arm or limb isn’t theirs and it’s a mental illness. But the reason I dont care how people express themselves is because not letting them does harm.

  37. I think people commonly misinterpret being anxious as having an anxiety disorder. having an anxiety disorder is nothing to ever want idc how trendy. i’ve been dealing with mine for about 3 years now and it’s something i’d never wish on anyone, you literally can’t think about anything else and always feel like you’re gonna die

  38. Ergg. So much of this depends. I know ppl who clearly got ill because their parents being abusive, ok genetic factors too, but childhood reactions is a biggie when its big time abuse. Ssris did change my personality. Something just snapped in my mind. Probably uncommon but real. Also i wonder why being trans has so much added mental illness. Much more than being gay.

  39. People who loosely throw around mental disorders claiming they have depression/OCD is plainly because of ignorance , if people had known what people who really have these mental disorders go through, they’d never romanticize it. So please filter out your words and have enough sense to know what really goes on in diseased minds.

  40. confused….. at 8:30 you say "being trans is no longer considered a disorder". So you change the name and it is cured? marvelous….. glad that 5-year-university degree came in handy!

  41. I recently started taking control of my mental health. I've been to so many therapists throughout my 23 years of life and until this August I never found one that really helped me. I've thanked her so many times for helping me find my strength but it never feels like it's enough

  42. I just want to add onto "Antidepressants always cure depression" to say that there are some people that have to go beyond therapy + medication. I've tried 15 anti depressants, intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), and various kinds of therapy and still suffer from severe depression. TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulus) and ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) are next on the table for me, as well as the new ketamine treatment, so there's always something more to try if at first you don't succeed.

  43. The idea that clinical depression must have a “cause” irritates me. People say “what do you have to be depressed about, be grateful” but never “what do you have to have chronic migraines about, be grateful” or “what reason do you have to have cancer”. I mean, look, I realize pharmaceutical companies broadened the definition of clinical depression to include milder forms that frankly look more like just struggling to cope in a bad situation where nobody would cope. The thing is there are also people who are just depressed where it feels a lot like any other disease that saps your energy and the nonsense of having to earn the right to feel like shit and feel guilty that there is no real reason on top of already feeling horrible makes it feel like humanity is just a collective sadistic psychopath.

  44. Is there a conflict of interest in therapists? They probably want those needy people to feel they are crazy and need the therapists!

  45. Guys, should I still go to a therapist even if I’m doing okay now? Few months ago, I was down rock bottom but I’m feeling good and okay now. I don’t want to be there again so going to a therapy even if I’m okay now would be good, right?

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