Effects Of Stigma Toward Mental Illnesses

1711 WordsMar 30, 20167 Pages
Introduction Mental illness is one of the most stigmatized medical conditions in society. People diagnosed with mental illnesses experience a difficult social life, where most of the community members harbor prejudicial attitudes toward them. Undoubtedly, having a mental illness profoundly affects how an individual interacts with the rest of the community in various issues. More often than not, the social consequences of mental disorders are negative since persons with the illness are naturally disadvantaged compared to their typical counterparts. For example, in education, jobs, relationships, and a host of other socially significant areas, individuals diagnosed with mental illness encounter insurmountable challenges (Baldwin and Marcus 390). This paper analyzes ten journal articles that have researched on the effects of stigma toward mental illnesses and highlights some of the social consequences that victims are faced with on a daily basis. Stigma toward Mental Illnesses and Its Consequences Mcheod, Uemura, and Rohrman conducted a study on the association linking adolescent mental health, behavioral problems, and academic achievement (485). This study was informed by prevalent limitations of previous studies in the area of mental health, behavioral problems, and academic performance. One of the limitations of previous studies was that they failed to consider multiple problems facing adolescents with mental illness simultaneously, note co-occurring behavioral problems,
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