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Mental Health: what is the stigma behind it?

The number of people having difficulties with their mental health has increased the number of services that are accessible to assist us. However, a stigma is still associated with discussing mental health problems and receiving treatment.

The phenomenon known as stigma occurs when other people treat you differently due to any aspect of you that is seen as a disadvantage (a negative stereotype). People who struggle with mental health conditions are often subjected to prejudice and stigma.

One of the outcomes that may result from stigma is discrimination. One kind of prejudice is making overt and insensitive comments about another person’s mental health or the treatment they get for it. Negative treatment may be overt and visible, such as when someone purposely avoids you because they are concerned that you may damage or endanger them because of your mental illness. Another negative treatment is when someone criticizes or mocks you behind your back, to the point when you evaluate your worth and worthiness.

What are the different types of Stigmas?

Public

When we speak about the stigmatization of mental disease, what we mean by that is the general population’s negative or discriminatory perceptions about those with a mental illness.

Personal

Self-stigma may manifest for individuals with mental illness in the form of unfavorable ideas and emotions towards themselves.

 Institutionalized

Institutional stigma is more widespread, and it encompasses policies in both the public and commercial sectors that either intentionally or unintentionally limit the alternatives that are accessible to people who live with mental illness. Historically, mental health care and research funding have been far lower than that allocated to other types of medical therapy.

Seek help, and take it

You may not want to admit that you need assistance, making it difficult to seek it. You do not need to feel ashamed about seeking help for your mental health, even if you are concerned about being labeled with a mental illness. Treatment has the potential to provide much-required relief by way of identification as well as the alleviation of irritating symptoms.  

In most cases, people’s views are not built on facts but rather on a basic lack of understanding. If you can come to terms with having the illness and identify the steps you need to take to treat it, seek treatment, and work to educate others about the condition, you may be able to make a significant contribution.

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