What is stigma?
: a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something
What does this have to do with mental illness?
I think anyone who has disclosed mental illness to anyone has dealt with stigma.
Some examples of what we (may) deal with:
* Making it all up
* Weak people
* Manipulative people
* Stupid or of low IQ
* You can snap out of it if only you REALLY wanted to
* Prone to violent outbursts
What can we do about it?
The most important thing for anyone with a mental illness is to educate those around you. When you disclose illness to anyone around you, it is common for loved ones to be scared – especially if the condition is completely alien to them. Or worse yet, sensationalized by the media.
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