People with mental illness face many prejudices. For example, one may wrongly assume that they are unpredictable, violent or lazy and perceive them as a threat. Thus, mental illness still causes fear and embarrassment for some people.
Prejudices lead to stigmatizing attitudes and discrimination against people with mental illness. In other words, they are judged negatively and rejected or avoided. Mental illness still nowadays cause fear and shame in some people. Such attitudes reflect misconceptions and ignorance regarding mental illness.
For many people with mental illness these stigmatizing attitudes and discrimination are more difficult to deal with than the mental illness symptoms itself.
These prejudices exist as much in the people who suffer from mental illness as they do in the general population. These prejudices discourage people with mental illness from seeking help. Yet a rapid response to their needs, from the onset of symptoms, is crucial to the success of their treatment.
Here are some misconceptions about mental illness:
The media sometimes can feed certain prejudices by presenting people with mental illness as being violent and unpredictable.
The following are examples of stigmatizing attitudes and discrimination against people with mental illness:
Such attitudes have an impact on people suffering from mental illness. For example, they may lead them to:
Everyone can fight the prejudice that leads to stigmatization and discrimination.
Last update: November 7, 2017 9:34 AM
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