The Stigma Associated With Mental Health

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Most people with mental health illness feels diminished, devalued, and fearful because of the prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory behaviours that society held towards them. The stigma associated with mental health illness often marginalized and disenfranchises the affected individuals and families in the society, which means that they “may experience discrimination in areas of health care, employment, education, justice, and housing”(1). The feeling of fear to be discriminated against limited the affected individuals and families to seek help and access benefit, which leading to poverty and unhealthy coping strategies such as substance abuse. Historical Element of Mental Health Stigmatization Mental illness stigmatization is not a…show more content…
Some medical procedure included purging to “expel crisis” and bloodletting to “drain all the bad blood” from the individual(1). Other absurd treatments included shocking the patient’s head to induce sedation, and inserting a deceive through upper eyelid into the patient’s head. Undoubtedly, these inhumane treatments usually leaded to death or vegetable. Due to the horrific treatment of patients in the asylum, many reforms began to take place in late 1800. Current Element of Mental Health Stigmatization Evidences of current element of mental health stigmatization can be seen in many area within the society. First of all, people with mental disorder claimed “employment discrimination as one of their most frequent stigma experience”(5). Stigmatizing views held by employers limited the employment opportunity for the affected individuals. A survey of US employer show that 50% of them reluctant to hire someone with past psychiatric history or currently undergoing treatment for depression. Moreover, “approximately 70% are reluctant to hire someone currently taking antipsychotic medication” (5). Yet, “one in three mental health consumers in the United States report being turned down for a job once their psychiatric status [uncovers]” (5). On the other hand, knowledge and culture factors can influenced the perception of mental illness. For example, myths about mental health illness can lead to development of
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