Stigma Stigma

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Every human is born with his own uniqueness but sometimes this uniqueness can be bugged by a tragic mental illness. This mental illness can push the victim into the gloom of non-ending stigma. Stigma is defined as a sign of disgrace and discredit, which sets a person apart from others. (Byrne, 2000). Moreover, Stigma occurs when a person has some distinctive characteristics or personal trait which gives other people an opportunity to perceive negative thoughts about that particular person with typical characteristics besides; negative attitude and false belief towards people with mental illness are common. As a result of stigmatization these people prefer staying alone and bound themselves in the darkness of isolation. The foremost reason to write on this topic is that society and family do not treat people with mental illnesses in a good or supportive manner instead they…show more content…
First, they have to cope with the symptoms of the disease itself. Second, the misunderstandings of society about the various mental disorders results in stigma. Some people who manage their mental illness well enough to work still have tremendous difficulties finding a job because employers discriminate against them. As a further complication, some people with mental illness may accept the common prejudices about mental illness, turn them against themselves, and lose self-confidence.” (rusch, angermeyer and Corrigan, 2005).
Stigma has two different types which include social stigma and self-stigma. Social stigma is when society labels a person and self-stigma is when a person accepts the prejudice and stigma against them and thinks that in reality he/she is useless and unwise. As we are living in a society where stigmatization and discrimination is common and so, the person who is diagnosed with mental illness and has prior knowledge about societal stigmatization, often affect person’s self as literature supports
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