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Mental health disorders: myth or reality?


Many popular ideas are transmitted daily and some of these are related to mental health problems. In order to determine whether these widespread beliefs are based on myth or reality, we consulted 5 experts in the field.

So, what do you think… myth or reality? Test your knowledge and validate your responses with expert explanations!

  • Audrey Bertrand is a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Kieron O’Connor at the Fernand-Seguin Research Center at the Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital
  • Dr. André Marchand is a researcher at the Fernand-Seguin Research Center at the Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital
  • Dr. Stéphane Kunicki is head of the intensive care unit at the Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital
  • Dr. Stéphane Potvin is a researcher at the Fernand-Seguin Research Center at the Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital 

People become anxious because of the area where they live.

  • Good answer! One's living area is not the cause of anxiety disorders. However, people who live in stressful environments or who have members of their family who suffer anxiety disorders are predisposed to develop an anxiety disorder themselves.

    Dr. André Marchand

  • The correct answer is Myth. One's living area is not the cause of anxiety disorders. However, people who live in stressful environments or who have members of their family who suffer anxiety disorders are predisposed to develop an anxiety disorder themselves.

    Dr. André Marchand

Substance abuse can begin after a single consumption.

  • The correct answer is Reality. As a function of one's predispositions, it is possible to become dependent on a substance after a single consumption.

    Dr. Stéphane Potvin

  • Good answer! As a function of one's predispositions, it is possible to become dependent on a substance after a single consumption.

    Dr. Stéphane Potvin

Tobacco is more addictive than cannabis (i.e., there is a greater risk of becoming dependent after consuming tabacco than cannibis).

  • The correct answer is Reality. Certain drugs are more addictive than others. You consult this compartive figure.

    Dr. Stéphane Potvin


  • Good answer! Certain drugs are more addictive than others. You consult this compartive figure.

    Dr. Stéphane Potvin

People with substance abuse grew up in poorer neighborhoods.

  • Good answer! Attention! We cannot generalize; there are substance abusers from every socio-economic strata.

    Dr. Stéphane Potvin

  • The correct answer is Myth. Attention! We cannot generalize; there are substance abusers from every socio-economic strata.

    Dr. Stéphane Potvin

People suffering with schizophrenia come from poor neighborhoods and/or little stimulation.

  • Good answer! Schizophrenia affects those from every socio-economic strata.

    Dr. Stéphane Kunicki

  • The correct answer is Myth. Schizophrenia affects those from every socio-economic strata.

    Dr. Stéphane Kunicki

People with mental disorders are all more violent.

  • Good answer! In fact, only 1% of individuals with mental disorders are violent.

    Dr. Stéphane Kunicki

  • The correct answer is Myth. In fact, only 1% of individuals with mental disorders are violent.

    Dr. Stéphane Kunicki

People who consume drugs are at risk of developing schizophrenia.

  • The correct answer is Reality. In fact, people who consume drugs can advance the appearance of symptoms by 7 years.

    Dr. Stéphane Kunicki

  • Good answer! In fact, people who consume drugs can advance the appearance of symptoms by 7 years.

    Dr. Stéphane Kunicki

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder take excessive precautions, as they are afraid of everything.

  • Good answer! People with obsessive-compulsive disorder take excessive precautions that are in line with their obsessions. Therefore, they are not afraid of everything.

    Audrey Bertrand

  • The correct answer is Myth. People with obsessive-compulsive disorder take excessive precautions that are in line with their obsessions. Therefore, they are not afraid of everything.

    Audrey Bertrand

Individuals who are depressed can be cured with medications or therapy or both.

  • The correct answer is Reality. Depression is curable. It is important to know that combined approaches, that is, the combination of medication and therapy, yield better success rates than medication alone.

    Dr. Stéphane Kunicki

  • Good answer! Depression is curable. It is important to know that combined approaches, that is, the combination of medication and therapy, yield better success rates than medication alone.

    Dr. Stéphane Kunicki

People who suffer from depression have a tendency to be perfectionists and who always want to do too much.

  • Good answer! It is true that people who are perfectionnist are predisposed to develop depression. However, individuals with depression are not all perfectionnists.

    Dr. Stéphane Kunicki

  • The correct answer is Myth. It is true that people who are perfectionnist are predisposed to develop depression. However, individuals with depression are not all perfectionnists.

    Dr. Stéphane Kunicki