Stigma Can Make Mental Illness More Difficult

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Stigma Can Make Mental Illness More Difficult

Stigma negatively impacts people dealing with mental health challenges. The results of stigma are damaging to someone facing it, but whether it's societal stigma or self-stigma, it doesn't have to ruin someone's life.

Stigma can be described as the thoughts and opinions of others regarding someone living with mental illness. When these thoughts and beliefs are uninformed and prejudicial, this stigma can lead to discrimination. It can be partially because of stigma that people with mental illness sometimes face difficulties in employment, relationships, housing, and more. Challenges of living with mental illness increase when the thoughts that underlie stigma lead to prejudice and discrimination.

Sometimes, people living with mental health challenges stigmatize themselves. This self-stigma is a form of self-bullying (Living with a Mental Illness and Self-Stigma). Mental illness can be hard to live with, and when people berate themselves for having a mental illness, criticizing themselves harshly and using negative labels to describe themselves, their lives become even more difficult.

Separating the brain from the mind is an important step in beating stigma. The brain is an organ that can become ill, whereas the mind is the essence of who we are. When we realize that mental illness isn't who we are, we are on our way to defeating stigma and self-stigma.

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Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

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Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

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  • New Non-Invasive Form Of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Works To Treat Depression
  • UCI Researchers Link Compulsive Facebook Checking To Lack Of Sleep
  • CBT And Antidepressants 'Equally Effective' For Major Depression

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, June 3). Stigma Can Make Mental Illness More Difficult, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 15 from

Last Updated: June 3, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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