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?

@rooster1969

Mental illness comes in many forms . It is rampant in our society. If more people sought help for issues, different things could be avoided. It is a shame that employers get concerned with past treatments. After all, patients who have chronic mental illness/even chronic minor mental illness need help & ongoing medication (most in order to function appropriately). Hollywood has been doing a better job with this: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “Black Swan” and others. What a pity that mental illnesses are ridiculed or stigmatized! Even the healthiest individual(or whom may think that she/he has a healthy mind) may have a personality disorder (innate). If we are more accepting of our differences as people, we can only then learn to love one another and truly respect one another. Mental illness should be looked upon as a gift and not as a curse, although it may feel like a curse at times (or for some, all the time).

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Sad but soooooo true!

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@rooster1969

Mental illness comes in many forms . It is rampant in our society. If more people sought help for issues, different things could be avoided. It is a shame that employers get concerned with past treatments. After all, patients who have chronic mental illness/even chronic minor mental illness need help & ongoing medication (most in order to function appropriately). Hollywood has been doing a better job with this: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “Black Swan” and others. What a pity that mental illnesses are ridiculed or stigmatized! Even the healthiest individual(or whom may think that she/he has a healthy mind) may have a personality disorder (innate). If we are more accepting of our differences as people, we can only then learn to love one another and truly respect one another. Mental illness should be looked upon as a gift and not as a curse, although it may feel like a curse at times (or for some, all the time).

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I like your aditude. Since we have experienced mental illness we will be able to help others understand it or deal with it.
Mental illness can also be quite difficult though.] It’s like cancer, except people with cancer can hope to be cured. Mental illness is something one must live with our whole lives.

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@rooster1969

Mental illness comes in many forms . It is rampant in our society. If more people sought help for issues, different things could be avoided. It is a shame that employers get concerned with past treatments. After all, patients who have chronic mental illness/even chronic minor mental illness need help & ongoing medication (most in order to function appropriately). Hollywood has been doing a better job with this: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “Black Swan” and others. What a pity that mental illnesses are ridiculed or stigmatized! Even the healthiest individual(or whom may think that she/he has a healthy mind) may have a personality disorder (innate). If we are more accepting of our differences as people, we can only then learn to love one another and truly respect one another. Mental illness should be looked upon as a gift and not as a curse, although it may feel like a curse at times (or for some, all the time).

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And, we can live, be productive, be happy and do whatever we put our minds to. For some, that are ignorant, they define others by a diagnosis. I define myself by who I am and it is not depression nor PTSD…
Hugs

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@rooster1969

Mental illness comes in many forms . It is rampant in our society. If more people sought help for issues, different things could be avoided. It is a shame that employers get concerned with past treatments. After all, patients who have chronic mental illness/even chronic minor mental illness need help & ongoing medication (most in order to function appropriately). Hollywood has been doing a better job with this: “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “Black Swan” and others. What a pity that mental illnesses are ridiculed or stigmatized! Even the healthiest individual(or whom may think that she/he has a healthy mind) may have a personality disorder (innate). If we are more accepting of our differences as people, we can only then learn to love one another and truly respect one another. Mental illness should be looked upon as a gift and not as a curse, although it may feel like a curse at times (or for some, all the time).

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Some employers are in treatment themselves and/or denial. Let’s be proud that just like any illness that needs treatment we are bold and strong enough to get it….

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Sadly our world has a lot of ignorance and judgement. Educate others about how great you are as a human being and dyspel the myths… Hugs Rox

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Please do not allow others internal feelings about themselves make you less inferior. We are good human beings and that’s the part of us that should be focused on…..

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MAY is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US. Please, no matter where you are from, continue to educate your friends, peers and community about the importance of learning how mental illness impacts lives and dispel any myths. Stigma continues to hurt innocent people that did not choose to have an illness. It is not our fault and the more we educate other’s including ourselves the better our world will become.
Hugs Rox

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It’s almost 2014 and the same issues continue to hurt human beings. What happened to our world? I only pray that people begin to really look within and come to the realization that no one is better nor more valuable than the next. We all mean something to someone so let’s get creative in the way in which we vent, and be a little more conscientious of our fellow men/women/children.

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