Lack Of Public Knowledge And General Stereotyping Essay

1916 Words Jan 11th, 2016 8 Pages
In recent events, the mistreatment of individuals with mental health issues has led to detrimental outcomes. In today’s society, there is a large negative stigma behind mental illnesses due to the lack of public knowledge and general stereotyping. When someone reveals some mental health issue like depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they are treated differently. When an individual is suffering from food poisoning, they are not told they have to “at least make an effort,” or it is like they are “not even trying.” A victim of a physical wound is not told that they should change their frame of mind and that will make them feel better. A individual who suffers from diabetes is not told that it is unhealthy to depend on medication to make them feel “normal,” or have been asked if they have tried not having diabetes. None of these situations seem normal, so why are people who are suffering from mental health issues given these kinds of responses almost on a daily basis? Why are mental illnesses treated so poorly when many American adults suffer from some themselves? There is a need for change regarding the stigma behind mental illnesses, disorders, and diseases, which includes how to prevent certain issues and rehabilitate victims, how they should be perceived by society and covered by health care in the same way physical injuries are, and how those who are not given aid could pose a…

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