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October 22, 2019
Stigma towards mental health disorders is ever-present in our society today. When it comes to people understanding mental illnesses, many people are misinformed and often not properly educated on the subject. Unfortunately, this means that, due to lack of proper information, there are still many misconceptions about people with mental illnesses that fuel negative stereotypes. These stereotypes ultimately keep many who suffer from mental health disorders from speaking out about their troubles and seeking mental health treatment for their condition.
Stigmas can affect an already delicate mental health
Stigmas can be understood as someone viewing one negatively because they have a mental illness. More often than not, stigmas lead to discrimination, which refers to an adverse pattern of behavior towards someone just because they are suffering from a mental illness. Unfortunately, stigmas not only hamper treatment, they can also lead to other harmful effects such as:
Hesitancy to seek treatment
Stigmatization may be as subtle as a hurtful remark about a family member’s condition or even keeping a more watchful eye on someone just because one thinks that they are unstable. When dealing with stigmas, it’s imperative for patients suffering from mental health disorders to know that they deserve the same compassion and kindness as anyone else.
Coping with stigma
Though stigmas can harm in more ways than one, there needs to be some fruitful ways to manage them. Here are a few steps that individuals can take to better cope with the issues of stigma:
Stigma can hinder recovery
Stigmatization often stems from misconceptions about mental illnesses and shouldn’t be taken personally. Seeking treatment, learning about the mental health condition, and how to most effectively treat the disorder is never an easy path to follow but it is essential when dealing with a mental illness.
If you or a loved one is battling a mental health disorder and is looking for a licensed mental health treatment center, get in touch with Invictus Health Group. Call our 24/7 helpline 866-548-0190 and speak to a member of our admissions team. With the help of just a few questions, they can assess your condition and assist your admission to one of our state-of-the-art partner mental health treatment centers. You can also chat online to a representative for more information on mental health services offered.