The Stigma Associated With Schizophrenia

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The Stigma Associated with Schizophrenia.
Jason Branch
Fayetteville Tech Community College

Author Note
This paper was prepared for English 112.02, taught by Mr. Charles King on April 2, 2015
Mental illness is an area that many people are uncomfortable with. There is something suspicious about people who tend to appear mentally ill. This creates nervousness, fear, while presenting the unknown; therefore, Stigma. Now Stigma is defined as disgrace or public disapproval, which can lead to the devaluation of a person. Because of the stigma and devaluation it creates significant barriers for those targeted simply because of their mental status, such as fear, doubt, shame, and isolation. People are being labeled; they are seen as being mentally ill instead of having a mental illness. The purpose of this paper is to present the documented effects of the stigma associational with having the mental illness Schizophrenia by providing research from the field of Psychology, Sociology, and Mental Health. The Stigma Associated with Schizophrenia.
Background Information about Schizophrenia There is No Doubt that in the United State we have a Serious Issue with Mental Illness. It is estimated that 26.2 percent of people suffer with a mental disorder including Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is defined as a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder. Schizophrenia is listed as one of several psychotic disorders. It is estimated that 1.1 percent of the U.S population age 18
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