Stigma Can Make Mental Illness More Difficult
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
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- Stigma Can Make Mental Illness More Difficult
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health New
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Stigma negatively impacts people dealing with mental health challenges. The results of stigma are damaging to someone facing it, but whether it's societal stigma or self-stigma, it doesn't have to ruin someone's life.
Stigma can be described as the thoughts and opinions of others regarding someone living with mental illness. When these thoughts and beliefs are uninformed and prejudicial, this stigma can lead to discrimination. It can be partially because of stigma that people with mental illness sometimes face difficulties in employment, relationships, housing, and more. Challenges of living with mental illness increase when the thoughts that underlie stigma lead to prejudice and discrimination.
Sometimes, people living with mental health challenges stigmatize themselves. This self-stigma is a form of self-bullying (Living with a Mental Illness and Self-Stigma). Mental illness can be hard to live with, and when people berate themselves for having a mental illness, criticizing themselves harshly and using negative labels to describe themselves, their lives become even more difficult.
Separating the brain from the mind is an important step in beating stigma. The brain is an organ that can become ill, whereas the mind is the essence of who we are. When we realize that mental illness isn't who we are, we are on our way to defeating stigma and self-stigma.
Related Articles Dealing with Decision-Making and Mental Illness
- Removing Self-Stigma from Mental Health Labels
- What Does Anxiety Say About You?
- Living with Bipolar Disorder and the Stigma of Mental Illness
- Is there Bipolar Stigma in the Workplace?
- Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog
Today's Question: How has mental health stigma affected you? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Is Anxiety Poisoning Your Personal Relationships?
- 7 Basic Signs of Toxic Relationships
- Living Day-to-Day with Dissociative Identity Disorder
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.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Eight Tips for Ignoring Bipolar Pain
- Anxiety, Indecisiveness, and Frustration
- How to Approve Yourself Unconditionally
- How to Become a More Likable Person
- A Healthy Lifestyle and Improving Body Image with Anxiety
- Can Childhood Bullying Cause Mental Illness?
- Binge Eating Disorder and the Yo-Yo Diet
- Transform Triggering Emotions Because You’d Rather Be Happy
- Mental Illness and Marriage: Make a Wellness Contract
- The Darker Side of Social Media Affecting Young People
- Removing Self-Stigma from Mental Health Labels
- Pitfalls Of The Internet When Battling Schizoaffective Disorder
- Creative Activities May Relieve Depression
- Alcohol-Induced Behavior: Learning from Bad Choices
- Misophonia and Addiction Recovery Meetings: Too Much Noise
- PTSD Treatment: My Experience With EMDR Therapy
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.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Pilot Study Shows Meditation Can Help US Veterans Manage Chronic Pain
- High School Students Going To Bed Between 10 And 11 P.M. On Weekdays Get Better Grades
- Sustained Aerobic Exercise Increases Adult Neurogenesis In The Brain
- Concussion Triples Or Quadruples Risk Of Suicide
- New Non-Invasive Form Of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Works To Treat Depression
- UCI Researchers Link Compulsive Facebook Checking To Lack Of Sleep
- CBT And Antidepressants 'Equally Effective' For Major Depression
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Peterson, T. (2016, June 3). Stigma Can Make Mental Illness More Difficult, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, April 2 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/stigma-can-make-mental-illness-more-difficult