Take our Fact or Fiction Quiz to see if you can tell common misconceptions about mental health apart from contemporary facts in the psychiatric field. You might be surprised!
  1. FACT OR FICTION? Emotional problems are signs of weakness.
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  2. FACT OR FICTION? Many people have unusual perceptual experiences in their lifetimes. When a person sees something that really isn€™t there, s/he is not necessarily €œlosing their mind€.
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  3. FACT OR FICTION? If someone is determined to be "at risk for psychosis", it is only a matter of time before they€™re fully psychotic.
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  4. FACT OR FICTION? There are good treatment options available to people with psychosis.
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  5. FACT OR FICTION? Having psychotic symptoms probably means someone has schizophrenia.
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  6. FACT OR FICTION? People with schizophrenia have two or more personalities that take them over and have them act completely different one day to the next.
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  7. FACT OR FICTION? People with mental illnesses are much more dangerous than others.
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  8. FACT OR FICTION? Mental illness is NOT caused by bad character, poor resilience, or some kind of inherent defectiveness.
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