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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. For people who have a mental illness, feeling like a burden comes with a tremendous amount of self-stigma that is reinforced by the silent stigma of those who must bear the weight of the “burden” that mental illness causes.

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