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?
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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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?
New diagnosis guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorder may reduce by almost one third the total number of people being diagnosed, according to new research. The guidelines, released in May 2013 and the first major update to psychiatric diagnosis criteria in almost two decades, may leave thousands of developmentally delayed children each year without the ASD diagnosis they need to qualify for social services, medical benefits and educational support.
Read more on this article on: ScienceDaily.com (article dated February 26, 2014)
The Specialist Waiting Room
Isn’t waiting for a specialist (doctor) appointment enough to frost your socks sometimes?
The wait for the family doctor’s appointment, followed by the specialist referral, and then the anticipated wait for the phone call from the specialist’s office can be a lengthy drawn out process. I don’t know about you, but when the secretary calls, there is never a pen handy to write down information and directions on how to get to the appointment. Ending the conversation they say “we’ll be sending you some written instructions in the mail also.” The written instructions arrive and are even more confusing, with stuff that has been photocopied at least 100 times and barely legible, and for me not too bright with directions, walking into the hospital never matches up to the paper instructions.
I’m struggling so much right now, managing my eating disorder, major depression and (PTSD which I thought I had conquered). My therapist explained that in many cases, research has shown that children who have experienced childhood sexual abuse may develop an eating disorder later in life.
Currently the ED is stirring up the unspeakable memories once again as I begin my Eating Disorder Program. Hopefully, soon I can begin to return to peace again without PTSD.
A new DNA study begins to explain why girls are less likely than boys to have an autism spectrum disorder. It turns out that girls tend not to develop autism when only mild genetic abnormalities exist, the researchers said. But when they are diagnosed with the disorder, they are more likely to have more extreme genetic mutations than boys who show the same symptoms.
“Girls tolerate neurodevelopmental mutations more than boys do. This is really what the study shows,” said study author Sebastien Jacquemont, an assistant professor of genetic medicine at the University Hospital of Lausanne, in Switzerland.
This article appeared in the (New York Times), titled “My Coach, The Bully“, written by: Jan Hoffman, and it describes bullying.
When Dr. Nancy Swigonski, a pediatrician who often talks with families about bullying, saw a local high school coach yelling at players, calling them stupid and lazy, she tried to speak with her.
The coach went on the attack.
A new study provides evidence for what many people who experience headaches have long suspected — having more stress in your life leads to more headaches. The study released today will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology‘s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.
The antidepressant Celexa shows promise in easing the agitation people with Alzheimer’s disease often suffer, and may offer a safer alternative to antipsychotic drugs, a new study finds.
“Agitation is one of the worst symptoms for patients and their families: it puts the Alzheimer’s patient at risk for other system overloads (cardiac, infection), wears them out physically, and exhausts caregivers and families,” noted one expert, Dr. Alan Manevitz, a clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
This article was written by: Tracy Woolrich from (EmaxHealth) — Individuals that suffer from fibromyalgia are often medicated with numerous medications in order to treat their symptoms. However, there maybe some help available through the use of magnesium and malic acid.