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Psychopaths Versus Those Who Experience Psychosis

Psychopaths Versus Those Who Experience Psychosis

Stigma affects those with psychosis, especially when people believe psychosis and psychopathy are the same conditions despite that the two are very different. It is wrong to stigmatize a person with psychosis in any way for many reasons. It is worse to stigmatize a mentally ill person with psychosis, accusing them of being violent or psychopathic. Psychosis is a condition common in people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder, among other mental illnesses

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Violent Images: Media and Mental Illness

Violent Images: Media and Mental Illness

On Sept. 16, Aaron Alexis enter a Washington, D.C. Navy shipyard and proceeded to kill 12 people and injury four more.

On Oct. 3, Miriam Carey was killed by police after ramming into a gate at the White House and then leading them on a high-speed chase through Washington, D.C.

On Oct. 4, John Constantino doused himself with gasoline and then set himself on fire while sitting on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

All three had some form of mental illness, and chose to perform violent acts that were sure to garner widespread media attention.

If one were to gauge by the past few weeks, it would seem that mental illness and violence goes hand in hand.

But does it?

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The End of Mental Health Stigma

The End of Mental Health Stigma

Since I started writing this blog over a year ago, I’ve noticed that I get more and more questions regarding my plans on how to end mental health stigma in my life (What Is Stigma?). Of course, I am honored to receive these questions, but I do not by any means consider myself an expert on the matter. But, here it goes anyway. You can be the judge as to whether I am an expert or not.

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Quit Faking It! What Society Thinks of Mental Illness

Quit Faking It! What Society Thinks of Mental Illness

I came across this survey from 5 years ago that nearly knocked me right off my chair.

“In a 2008 survey conducted on behalf of the Canadian Medical Association, nearly half (46 per cent) of those polled believed that mental illness isn’t always “real” but rather an excuse for poor behaviour and personal failings.”

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You Are More Than Your Mental Illness Symptoms

You Are More Than Your Mental Illness Symptoms

When you are bogged down with the flu, you will be besieged by a number of symptoms. Sore throat, digestive difficulties, headache, nausea and nasal congestion. Once you treat the flu, and the symptoms disappear, you wouldn’t consider yourself as still suffering from the flu.

But if you were once depressed and suffered symptoms of depression such as inability to concentrate, difficulty getting out of bed, irritability, low self-esteem and lessened joy in day-to-day activities, even when those symptoms disappear, you may continue to state that you still suffer from depression.

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Re-Framing Mental Illness as a Bio-Psycho-Social Condition

Re-Framing Mental Illness as a Bio-Psycho-Social Condition

In order to combat something, one first must learn everything one can know about the subject at hand. Meaning, if we are to fight stigma, we need to know why it exists, what motivates its spread and what purpose it serves for those who endorse it.

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Eliminating the Word “Schizophrenic”

Eliminating the Word “Schizophrenic”

There’s always been a double standard in mental health when it comes to schizophrenia. If you suffer from depression, are you a depressionist? Then why should a person who suffers from schizophrenia be a schizophrenic?

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Mental Health: Chickens and Eggs

Mental Health: Chickens and Eggs

Stigma abounds when society is misinformed.  Think back to the initial AIDS epidemic.  The tuberculosis pandemic.  And even the current societal view of addiction as a personal and moral failure.

Stigma begins with misinformation, and spreads with a complacent disinterest in the truth.  Therefore, the more people know about mental illness, in theory, the less stigma there should be.

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Damaging Myths in Mental Health

Damaging Myths in Mental Health

Misconceptions surrounding mental health can be a major contributing factor to mental health stigma. The less something is understood, the more likely it is to be stigmatized against.

Although there are probably hundreds of common misconceptions about mental illness, I thought I would tackle a few mental health myths here today.

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Fear, False Beliefs and Blame in Mental Health Stigma

Fear, False Beliefs and Blame in Mental Health Stigma

You know someone who has a mental illness. You actually probably know tens of people with mental illnesses. There’s a twenty percent chance that you have a mental illness yourself.

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