STIGMA – And Mental Illness

What is stigma?

When someone appears to be different than us, we may view him or her in a negative stereotyped manner.  People who have identities that society values negatively are said to be stigmatized.

Stigma is a reality for people with a mental illness, and they report that how others judge them is one of their greatest barriers to a complete and satisfying life.  Society feels uncomfortable about mental illness. It is not seen like other illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

Due to inaccuracies and misunderstandings, people have been led to believe that an individual with a mental illness has a weak character or is inevitably dangerous.  Mental illness can be called the invisible illness.  Often, the only way to know whether someone has been diagnosed with a mental illness is if they tell you.  The majority of the public is unaware of how many mentally ill people they know and encounter every day.  One in five people will experience a mental illness at some point in his or her lifetime and mental illness affects people of all ages, in all kinds of jobs and at all educational levels.

Why does stigma surround mental illness?

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Welcome – Glad you could join me

This site Living In Stigma is dedicated to those individuals living with mental illness, affecting them most deeply along with their spouses, family and friends.

Many forms of mental illness take their shape in Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and other disorders including Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia just to name a few.  A major note is that mental illness is neither one’s fault nor a character flaw, however, we unfortunately  live in a society laced with Stigma.

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UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS

This may be of assistance as you journey through my blog…

DEPRESSION

Problems and misfortunes are a part of life. Everyone experiences unhappiness, and many people may become depressed temporarily when things don’t go as they would like. Experiences of failure commonly result in temporary feelings of worthlessness and self-blame, while personal losses cause feelings of sadness, disappointment and emptiness. Such feelings are normal, and they usually pass after a short time. This is not the case with depressive illness.

What are the signs of depressive illness?

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Anorexia: Day Treatment

 

As you’ve perhaps noticed, I haven’t posted much on my blog lately.   The Eating Disorder Program is consuming most of my time and the next step is the Day Treatment Program entailing an intense 12 weeks as I really begin my recovery from this ED crap.  I have decided to go the inpatient route and move in next week, so my blog will be on “suspend” for awhile.   They do have computer access, however, posting from somewhere other than home I may find difficult but will still be able to keep in contact.  Till then…

 

~~Deb

 

 

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Liebster Blog Award

 

Wow, this sure put a smile on my face this week; I was nominated by 2 fellow bloggers for the Liebster Award.  The first fellow blogger is “Headlong Running Betty” (http://headlongrunningbetty.wordpress.com/), who has just been a marvelous support with my eating disorder, and “Life and PTSD” (http://lifeandptsd.wordpress.com/), who struggles with PTSD and her articles are close to my heart.  I have decided to combine the two into one post.

The Liebster Award is a fantastic idea to allow bloggers to discover other bloggers that you personally love, and perhaps new bloggers that you were unaware of.  As “Running Betty” says: “it’s a very simple and generous pay-it-forward concept.

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EATING DISORDERS: The Scale

Here we go again with the scale, you know the metal object with the dial and numbers; the thing that tells you if you are worthless or going to have a bad day?  Well, throughout the ED Program groups, they have been educating us on eating healthy and steering away from obsessing with body image and scale numbers.  Each week’s weigh-in has me standing backwards as to not see the scale number (my choice after being convinced this is a better way), so I’ve been unaware of my actual weight.

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