Myths and facts

Mental Health Disparities: Diverse Populations

The American Psychiatric Association has compiled 9 factsheets around mental health in diverse populations, which “provide a snapshot of the current state of mental health of minority populations and some factors that may contribute to mental health disparities among these groups.”

Busting the Myths About Eating Disorders

“There are many myths about the causes of eating disorders, how serious they are, and who develops an eating disorder.” This list from the National Eating Disorder Association outlines some of the most common questions and distorted perceptions around eating disorders and the facts to set them straight.

Drug Facts: Sex and Gender Differences in Substance Use

​​​​​​​“It can be hard for any person with a substance use disorder to quit. But women in particular may be afraid to get help during or after pregnancy due to possible legal or social fears and lack of child care while in treatment. Women in treatment often need support for handling the burdens of work, home care, child care, and other family responsibilities.”

Commentary: Assumption of Mental Illness in Shooters Growing, Wrong

"As the perceived frequency of mass shootings becomes ever more alarming, the knee-jerk assumption that gunmen have mental health conditions has become routine. Even mainstream broadcast news outlets react to mass shootings by immediately having psychiatrists or other mental health professionals on as guests as if to corroborate the public's collective psychiatric diagnosis of each perpetrator. But let's look at the facts."

Anatomy of Addiction: How Heroin and Opioids Hijack The Brain

“When Jack O'Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines. ‘This will fix me,’ O'Connor thought as he went to boot camp. "It better fix me or I'm screwed."‘

Suicide Prevention & Intervention: A Case for Young Adult Peer Support & the Caring that Saves Lives

This Distorted Perceptions original article explores the intersection of suicide prevention and young adult peer support, with a brief overview of Michael Hogan’s and David Covington’s 2012 research interviewing survivors who attempted suicide by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, as well as survivors of an attempt which had been successfully intervened upon. The research concludes that suicide is preventable, with only 6% of the survivors going on to complete a suicide later on.