Mental Illness And Sociology

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The relationship between public perceptions of mental illness and social stigma of those with these illness is the degree to which stigmatising views can impact on quality of life for those with a mental illness and their drive to seek help. Stigma can result in discrimination and result in a loss of opportunity, power or status. Moreover, the media exasperates prejudice by amplifying the link between mental illness and violence contributing to the common view that those with mental illness are dangerous. When individuals internalise public views on themselves, they may feel shame, become depressed and have the belief that there is not point trying to seek help, resulting in social isolation. (Sheehan et al. 2016) Studies conducted by Pattyn
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