The numbers for mental disorders are exaggerated. This misconception is especially damaging because people are hesitant to ask for help. Roughly 1 in 5 American adults suffer from some type of mental illness, and these conditions are much more common than you may think. In the past the subject of mental health was taboo, and few discussed their problems in a public way. Today there is still a stigma attached with mental disorders but more people are coming forward and admitting that they need mental health help and support.
Mental illness means that you can not perform daily tasks, maintain employment, or take care of yourself. This is a misconception that persists even today. Many people who have mental health issues function on a daily level most of the time, but that does not mean these issues should not be addressed and treated. In fact many people perform their work and family responsibilities so well that even close family members do not realize how much they struggle with mental health problems.
Mental disorders are always genetic. This misconception is completely untrue. There may be some genetic components with mental illness in some individuals, and a family history of a mental health problem means an evaluation should be performed. In many people who have a mental disorder there is no family history of these conditions at all, and some people have no mental illness symptoms at all even though certain disorders run in their family. If you develop any signs of mental illness you should consult a mental health professional regardless of your family history.