The Stigma Of Mental Illness Essay

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Ending the Stigma on mental illness using ACT and Social Norms Interventions
A large problem in society is the stigmas currently being place on mental illness. In the last 25 years there have sadly been no signs of the end of stigmatization towards mental illness (Schomerus, G., et al, 2015, p. 21). It is questionable as to why we even have a stigma because approximately 26.4% of the American population has been diagnosed with a mental illness (Kenny & Bizumic, 2016, p. 178). However, the majority of people are not acknowledging these statistics, but instead are letting stereotypes form. Unfortunately, these judgements inevitably lead to people fearing and judging mental illness and the people who have been diagnosed with an illness (Kenny & Bizumic, 2016, p. 178). If the society begins to recognize the stigmas surrounding mental illness, there are interventions that can reduce the current stereotypes towards mental illness. Two interventions that seem to be most useful are Acceptance and Commitment therapy as well as social norms theory.
People who fear those with mental illness are quick to associate the mentally ill with the words “dangerous” and “crazy” (Smith et al, 2014, p. 45). Negative attitudes and strange behaviors directed towards those who are mentally ill typically lead to more issues for the mentally ill (Hackler et al, 2016, p. 45). After being exposed to the negativity the mentally ill tend to develop added issues such as: lower self-esteem, isolation, and
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