The Stigma of Mental Illness

When is the last time you referred to someone you disliked as crazy? Almost all of us use that word without thinking – and using words like crazy, nuts, schizo, etc. as perjoratives is one of many ways mental illness is socially stigmatized. People diagnosed with mental illnesses may be afraid to disclose them for fear they will be avoided, disbelieved, or labelled. And that hesitance to disclose can carry over into a reluctance to seek help or comply with treatment – sometimes with tragic results. This Tuesday we’ll talk about the stigma of mental illness – where it comes from, and how it can be lessened so those who need help are more likely to receive it.  Listen to the Show

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