Living with a Mental Illness: Tired of Stereotypes and Stigma

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Living with a Mental Illness: Tired of Stereotypes and Stigma

Living with a Mental Illness: Tired of Stereotypes and Stigma It seems people living with a mental illness are fed up with stereotypes of what it's like to have bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. Across our social networks this week, we asked our community members what most bothered them about having a mental illness. Here are a few responses:

  • Carolyn Clark (FB): Stereotypes and narrow mindedness toward mental illness and the effects it can have.
  • Scott P. Smith (FB) The public's stereotype that I'm either homicidal or suicidal just because I'm bipolar.
  • Grace M. Druzba (FB) That I am defective and therefore second class - someone not to breed with.
  • @kailejocelyn: I hate being known as "that girl who cuts" or "that girl who tried to kill herself" or "that girl who starves herself."
  • @leah_michal: Loss of credibility in a lot of situations.
  • @bipolarvoice: Stigma from others; the fact that your opinion can be treated as inferior if someone thinks you're in an episode.

What about you? What bothers you most about having a mental illness? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Symptoms of Severe Anxiety Feel Very Scary
  2. PTSD and Fatigue: Is It Normal to Feel So Tired?
  3. Schizophrenia Brain: Impact of Schizophrenia on the Brain

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.


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health 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.

Black and Bipolar on HealthyPlace TV

Shawn Maxam, author of "The Bipolar Griot" blog, talks about being a Black man with bipolar disorder and all that entails. Watch our interview.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2012, November 14). Living with a Mental Illness: Tired of Stereotypes and Stigma, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2021, October 26 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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