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Feeling Like a Burden Because of Mental Illness

Feeling Like a Burden Because of Mental Illness

Feeling like a burden because of a mental illness is a common effect of stigma. Find out how the feeling of being a burden affects you and your caregivers.

Sometimes there is no way to avoid feeling like a burden because of your mental illness. Whether it is for emotional, physical, or financial reasons, the reality of mental health problems can be difficult to bear for both those who suffer from mental illness and those who consider themselves caretakers of those who struggle.

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Do You Isolate Yourself Because of Mental Health Stigma?

Do You Isolate Yourself Because of Mental Health Stigma?

Mental health stigma can isolate us, but we must remember we're not alone. Read this for tips how to overcome the urge to isolate yourself due to stigma.Some people with mental illness isolate themselves to feel protected from mental health stigma. Because stigma labels someone as an outlier, many people withdraw when feeling stigmatized for their mental health. Apart from the stigma of mental illness and self-stigma making us feel poorly about ourselves in general, seeing stigmatizing ideas all over the media, hearing them spoken to us, or even thinking them to ourselves can amplify the sense of isolation that mental illness already brings. We need ways to counter the isolation that mental health stigma brings as loneliness can lead to hopelessness and negatively impact recovery.

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How to Deal with Self-Stigma During the Holidays

How to Deal with Self-Stigma During the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful for mental health and trigger feelings of self-stigma. Read here for ideas to combat self-stigma during the holiday season.

As exciting as the holiday season can be, it can also bring up self-stigma about mental health problems. Spending more time with friends and family can lead to a lot of comparisons that may cause shame about one’s position in life. As someone who deals with mental health problems, I sometimes feel like a failure because I think I should be doing so much more, but mental illness has gotten in the way. Dealing with mental health self-stigma is always hard, and the holidays tend to be particularly difficult.

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Sharing Your Mental Health Story If You’re Afraid of Stigma

Sharing Your Mental Health Story If You’re Afraid of Stigma

Many want to share a mental health story, but are scared to talk openly about mental illness. Read this for 5 ways to start talking even if you're scared.

You may want to share your mental health story, but feel afraid even though many people have opened up about mental illness. We know that talking about mental health encourages others to do so as well. That sense of community and having a precedent of someone else talking about mental illness may have paved the way for you. However, seeing the negative reactions stories about mental illness have a habit of getting can be a deterrent. Mental health stigma can cause a lot of fear and anxiety. Here are some tips on how to get past that fear of stigma when you want to share your mental health story.

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Oversharing Your Mental Illness Struggles on Social Media

Oversharing Your Mental Illness Struggles on Social Media

Oversharing your mental illness struggle on social media isn't the same as mental health advocacy. Find out how oversharing on social media can cause stigma.

While social media can be a great outlet for raising mental health awareness, oversharing your mental illness struggles may attract unwanted stigma. Usually, this comes from people who already have preconceived, stigmatizing ideas about mental illness. Even so, oversharing your mental illness details online can actually generate more stigma. It turns out there may be a fine line between raising mental health awareness and oversharing your mental illness struggle.

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How to Handle News Coverage That Stigmatizes Mental Illness

How to Handle News Coverage That Stigmatizes Mental Illness

News coverage that stigmatizes mental illness by linking tragedies to mental illness can be problematic for many people. Find out how and what to do.
News coverage that stigmatizes mental illness often occurs after events like mass shootings and other tragedies. The reporters often bring up mental health and how that may have played a part in what happened. Whether or not there is even any initial evidence of mental illness, the fact that someone could commit such an atrocity invokes assumptions of mental instability. People then tend to associate that idea with mental illness as a blanket statement, despite how complex and different individual mental illnesses are. With these conversations inevitably comes misinformation and stigma, and when these news stories saturate our social media and even traditional media sources, it can be tough to contend with as someone with a mental illness. News coverage that stigmatizes mental illness creates problems for society and individuals, and here are two ways it happens.

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College Student Disability Services Helped My Mental Health

College Student Disability Services Helped My Mental Health

Student Disability Services exist to help students with their mental illness disabilities too. But stigma made it hard to see my mental illness as a disability.

I avoided Student Disability Services in college because of mental health stigma. Although I was diagnosed with various mental health conditions as a teen, it wasn’t until college that I truly realized the debilitating effect mental illness could have on my life. I was highly resistant to the idea when an on-campus counselor first advised me to make an appointment with my university’s Student Disability Services department. Sure, I needed help, but I didn’t need that kind of help.

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How Does Mental Illness Affect Criminal Behavior?

How Does Mental Illness Affect Criminal Behavior?

While not all criminals have mental illness, sometimes mental illness affects criminal behavior. Explaining the connection would help end stigma.

Mental illness can affect criminal behavior, but it’s important to dissociate people with mental illness from violent acts and criminality in general. People often assume that a person must be mentally ill to commit an especially heinous crime. This stigma has been discussed at length, including how people with mental health issues are more likely to be victims of violent crime, but I want to approach the conversation about mental illness and criminal behavior differently.

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Psychiatric Medication Stigma: There’s a Pill for That

Psychiatric Medication Stigma: There’s a Pill for That

Psychiatric medication stigma is more than it used to be. You're likely to be either 'weak' or 'cured' by medications, and neither assumption is right.

Psychiatric medication stigma makes taking medicine a sensitive topic in mental health treatment. While those of us with mental health issues may face psychiatric medication stigma, this can present itself in different ways. Some people believe that taking medication is a sign of weakness or they label people who take mental health medication as “crazy.” On the other end of the spectrum, there are those that think medication is a good choice, but wrongly believe we can cure all mental health problems simply by taking a pill. One way or the other, the psychiatric medication stigma is there.

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Introduction to Rachel Miles, Author of ‘Surviving Mental Health Stigma’

Introduction to Rachel Miles, Author of ‘Surviving Mental Health Stigma’

Rachel Miles, new author of "Surviving Mental Health Stigma", talks about her experiences with mental illness and how she plans to fight mental health stigma.My name is Rachel Miles, and I am very excited to be joining HealthyPlace to write on Surviving Mental Health Stigma. I was first diagnosed with depression and an eating disorder when I was 16 years old. This resulted in my first hospitalization as well as my first experiences with therapy, medication, and confronting mental health stigma. At the time, I had no idea what a significant part of my life these things would become.

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