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What is the stigma of mental health?

29 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
17 doctors agree

In brief: Stigma Still Present

Mental health has carried a negative stigma for centuries.
I believe this stigma, which continues today, is due to ignorance and lack of treatment. With mental illness there are no broken bones, no blood, nothing visible. If you can't see it it doesn't exist. Treatment with medications and widespread use of psychotherapy just started in the 1950's. We must educate to combat this stigma.

In brief: Stigma Still Present

Mental health has carried a negative stigma for centuries.
I believe this stigma, which continues today, is due to ignorance and lack of treatment. With mental illness there are no broken bones, no blood, nothing visible. If you can't see it it doesn't exist. Treatment with medications and widespread use of psychotherapy just started in the 1950's. We must educate to combat this stigma.
Dr. Robert Woods
Dr. Robert Woods
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
11 doctors agree

In brief: Lack of understand'g

It's unfortunate that there is a stigma about having mental illness, particularly depression and anxiety.
This is probably due to a lack of understanding as well as not having objective findings to confirm a diagnosis. For example, a diabetic patient will have abnormalities in their blood sugar, but a depressed patient has no laboratory findings, yet they are both due to chemical imbalances.

In brief: Lack of understand'g

It's unfortunate that there is a stigma about having mental illness, particularly depression and anxiety.
This is probably due to a lack of understanding as well as not having objective findings to confirm a diagnosis. For example, a diabetic patient will have abnormalities in their blood sugar, but a depressed patient has no laboratory findings, yet they are both due to chemical imbalances.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: Infamy or disgrace

Mental health stigma is very common , people don't like to talk about it .
.And avoid seeing mental health provider. There is still perception that if u have mental health issue regardless what diagnoses u r. Crazy ... Which is of course not true. We all can have depression and anxiety that does not make us crazy ... Mental illness is very common , it is a brain disease and can be treated

In brief: Infamy or disgrace

Mental health stigma is very common , people don't like to talk about it .
.And avoid seeing mental health provider. There is still perception that if u have mental health issue regardless what diagnoses u r. Crazy ... Which is of course not true. We all can have depression and anxiety that does not make us crazy ... Mental illness is very common , it is a brain disease and can be treated
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Stgma kills

Stigma means that the public view of mental illness is seen as weakness or imaginary.
Often people with mental illness do not seek treatment or get inadequate treatment because of the stigma. The lack of treatment and the embarassment of needing treatment can increase hopelessness and increases the incidence of suicide.

In brief: Stgma kills

Stigma means that the public view of mental illness is seen as weakness or imaginary.
Often people with mental illness do not seek treatment or get inadequate treatment because of the stigma. The lack of treatment and the embarassment of needing treatment can increase hopelessness and increases the incidence of suicide.
Dr. John Moranville
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Superstition

Part of the stigma of mental illness is the retention of superstitious beliefs that associate it with demons & possession.
Education is imperative for people to realize mental illness is due to chemical imbalances or faulty wiring in the central nervous system.

In brief: Superstition

Part of the stigma of mental illness is the retention of superstitious beliefs that associate it with demons & possession.
Education is imperative for people to realize mental illness is due to chemical imbalances or faulty wiring in the central nervous system.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Fear

Humans tend to fear what they don't understand.
Years ago there was a stigma to being in a wheelchair and to cancer. The more people have learned about these things the faster the stigma went away.

In brief: Fear

Humans tend to fear what they don't understand.
Years ago there was a stigma to being in a wheelchair and to cancer. The more people have learned about these things the faster the stigma went away.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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