The Stigma Of Mental Illnesses

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Mental disorders are often viewed as deviant from physical illnesses and treated as lesser, insignificant maladies; yet, mental illnesses are legitimate diseases which find themselves, in one form or another, in the vast majority of people. Most people have experienced, or at the very least, encountered symptoms of mental illnesses; primarily: anxiety and depression. In fact, twenty-five to forty percent of young adults meet the criteria for a clinical diagnosis (Miech 1098). Indeed, it is generally agreed that the quality of life is nearly as important to life as living itself. While not a material reward, a high quality of life is highly sought out and is often the reasoning behind much decision making, such as getting a better education, …show more content…
Internal strife is not simply something one can easily ignore, handle, or accept, especially without support. The stigma behind mental illnesses is unfounded in part due to previously stated evidence on their causes, since, it does have true, uncontrollable causes in the environment, not at the choice of the affected individual. Also, in self reports, adults of all ages report a greater difficulty in social and daily life as a result of mental health problems rather than physical disabilities, combatting the belief that mental health issues represent no “big deal” (Berk 611). As well, the seriousness of these disorders is further supported since disorders of the mind can translate to disorders of the body or result in real physical trauma such as death by suicide (Dunn 63). Undeniably, suicide’s primary contributor is depression and suicide ranks within the top ten in causes of death in many developed countries, the third among US youths (Dunn 63; Berk 422). Hence, numerous lives are lost due to depression alone. Of course, not every instance is as severe, yet symptoms should be taken seriously. Furthermore, from a decrease in life satisfaction and greater risk of suicide, depression is linked with sleep, appetite, concentration, and energy difficulties, especially in adolescence (Berk 421). Evidence, thus, exist that mental disorder, like physical ones, have true consequences if not treated, and since perpetuating the stigma cause more to neglect treatment, it must be discarded. Even today, stigma is very much prevalent in our society in regards to mental disorders. As such, further research is being done as to how far it reaches. Commonly, people believe that the stigma is, mostly, if not all, gone; however, while true in some instances, the

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