Stigma & Mental Illness

Posted by Roxie43 @roxie43, Dec 5, 2011

Albeit shameful and ignorant that it is almost 2012, and many of us are still confronted with biases. judgements and disparate treatment, I encourage all to hold your head up high. I know what it’s like to be looked at differently because of a label, diagnosis or even someones inability to look deeper than the surface.
I often ask myself why some folks behave the way they behave and perhaps I will never find an honest answer. I hypothesize that perhaps there is something in me that may remind someone of themselves or that perhaps that, until recently, I had always functioned so well that those with certain belief systems or stereo-types feel that they are experts on who I am.
I recently posted on ECT and the benefits for me as an individual. Talk therapy is also important because it allows us to process, in a safe and healthy forum, the things that people have said or done to us. I recall when I first requested FMLA at work and a person made the comment “If you cannot report to work maybe you should not work”. I was requesting intermittent leave because the stigma and disparate treatment was taking it’s toll and this so called healthy individual was so insensitive.
I know we have come a long way but we still have a long way to go. Stigma is one reason some don’t admit that something ails them nor seek help. We all have to use our voices, our stories, our expertise (on who were are) and continue to raise awareness about the importance of treating others the way in which one would like to be treated, not selective respect and equality but across the board.
Being good to one another should not be based on pre-conceived notions that certain populations are more worthy than others. We are valuable individuals with strengths, creativity, feelings and we contribute to society wholeheartedly and should always be viewed and treated as such!
Have you been treated differently lately? How did you deal with it?

@china

Will never go away.

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Hi Lizzie,
Sounds great! I think all doctors and other provider’s can benefit from an entire semester. How would we do this?
Hugs,
Rox

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@china

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Hi Roxie and little dreamer
There is no way we would get a whole semester, I’m not sure how long we could get. Maybe we can come up with a cirriculum look around and find some grants to apply to and take it from there? Maybe after we have it polished a little we could get NAMI or SAMSHA to sponsor us or at least let us hang on their shirt tails?
LizKat

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@china

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Lizzie we have to shoot for the moon. There is so much knowledge amongst us that we can really have a positive impact.
However, I’m in…just let me know what to do.
Rox

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@china

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Roxie
WE need a new thread for this topic. How do we get a thread?

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@china

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hi lizzie just go to discussions and post a new one it’s wasy to do hugs piglit

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@china

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thanks Piglit!

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@china

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no worries Lizzie

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@china

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i would like to be of assistance too if i can hugs

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@china

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Piglit
Cool! That would be so awesome. Our own expert on the care of the elderly

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@china

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Of course Piglit….we all can do some awesome things. Just look at the number of mental health discussions since we started Piglit.. Over 100 new ones!

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@china

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My dear, like I suggested to Piglit, start new discussions so they can continue to evolve!
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@littledreamer

I guess what I struggle with is how we are suppose to get people to understand. I mean, I feel like we can’t really protest without people still thinking “well their crazy” or something like that, you know? I feel there is so much pressure on us to NOT make a mistake while we’re trying to change things because if we do, well that just fuels their stigma.

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A very brillaint 14 year old who has so much to offer to all of us

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@china

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That’s amazing and such an achievement. So wonderful to be able to help people if we can isn’t it

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@china

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It genuinely is an achievement because we are demonstrating that shame should never be self imposed and that we have a voice.
Hugs,
Rox

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@littledreamer

I guess what I struggle with is how we are suppose to get people to understand. I mean, I feel like we can’t really protest without people still thinking “well their crazy” or something like that, you know? I feel there is so much pressure on us to NOT make a mistake while we’re trying to change things because if we do, well that just fuels their stigma.

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I thought she meant I wasnt. . . . oooppps

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