Importance Of Mental Health Stigma In Society

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Ever since Hippocrates performed his first exploration of the human skull, back in 490 BCE, man has been increasingly fascinated with anything to do with the brain and its functions. Although we have learned a lot since Hippocrates ' time, some irrational notions still exist. The old 'dualism ' argument, for instance: is the brain merely a material substance, as scientists insist, or does it have an entirely separate dimension involving the soul, a spirit and even yet unknown dimensions, as argued by religious and spiritual people?

Whatever the answer, there is no doubt that this uncertainty fuels the debate about mental health stigma in society. It was ever so. As with death, things that people don 't yet understand often carry a tag labelled
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Stigma begins when someone is labelled. In the case of a mental health condition, very hurtful words can be hurled at a sufferer, like psycho or schizo. As in football grounds, the person uttering such foul words is creating a 'tribal ' division between his perceived 'superior ' group and the sufferer 's perceived 'inferior, devalued ' group. However, labels aren 't always negative and can sometimes be useful. A health diagnosis, for example, is essentially a label which in turn helps us to investigate the cause and ultimately find a cure. Interestingly, old diagnostic labels which used to be stigmatized, such as breast and bowel cancers, are gaining acceptance and …show more content…
The media often compounds this view when they portray a criminal as 'mentally disturbed '. Yet, statistics prove that most sufferers are neither criminal nor violent.
Much 'comedy ' in popular culture continues to be portrayed against members of society who can least fight back. There needs to be a complete overhaul of media standards so that lambasting or stigmatising mental illness becomes as illegal as racism now is. Attitudes, though, can change. These days depression, for example, is more likely to generate compassion. It is thought this is because of the ease of obtaining antidepressant medicines, bringing the illness more into the open - and therefore more acceptable. Some harmful effects of stigma Pretending nothing is wrong, refusal to seek treatment, rejection by family and friends, work problems or discrimination, difficulty in finding housing.....so the list goes

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