How to Deal with Self-Stigma

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How to Deal with Self-Stigma

Mental illness is a bully. Worse, it’s a voice that originates within us, so all the cruel thoughts come right from our own mind. This self-stigma is part of nearly every single mental illness and personality disorder.

Have you ever:

This is only a partial list of the thoughts and feelings that come with mental health struggles. These beliefs and emotions can stop us in our tracks. It’s hard to move forward confidently when you’re stigmatizing yourself. Despite how it might feel, you can stand up to mental illness, laugh in the face of self-stigma, and be kind to yourself. Here are some ways:

  • Befriend yourself; talk to yourself the way you talk to a friend; get to know yourself in ways that have nothing to do with your illness
  • Practice self-care; eat well; exercise; get the right amount of sleep
  • Keep a running list of your strengths and passions

When you counter the self-stigmatizing words of mental illness with positive actions, you are on your way to making your real, compassionate voice the one you hear the most loudly.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Do you engage in self-stigma? What kinds of negative things do you say to yourself concerning your mental health? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


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If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


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"I have this problems: I isolate myself, then become upset because I'm lonely."

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2018, April 30). How to Deal with Self-Stigma, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 18 from

Last Updated: May 1, 2018

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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