Stigma is a barrier for treatment and is harmful to society, as well as being a sign of a toxic community. The biggest obstacle in the goal to eradicate mental health stigma is that many people aren’t aware of what a mental disorders are, and how commonly they occur. Many people associate people with mental illness (also called psychological disorders) as “crazy” or “insane”. However, these disorders can be as simple as attention and hyperactivity problems (ADHD), stress disorders, and depression. There are of course more serious issues like bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, but even those can be handled with proper methods of medication and therapeutic assistance.
The main reason for this is that both categories were fairly broad and included a number of mental disorders with quite dissimilar symptoms. Consequently, mental health professionals did not always agree on the diagnosis for a particular patient. Neurosis is a functional (Psychogenic) disorder consisting of a symptom or symptoms caused, though usually unknown to the patient, by a mental disorder. The four commonest are Anxiety State, Reactive Depression, Hysteria and Obsessive-Compulsive Neurosis. We all know what it is to feel anxious.
The second one is a condition that results from the coexistence of disparate or antagonistic qualities, identities, or activities, this is not true. It implies that a person with schizophrenia also has multipl... ... middle of paper ... ...om being real. Although personality disorders cannot be cured, they can be managed and “cooled down” through therapy and various medications. Virtually every mental disorder exhibits a designated stereotype behind it. Society has misinterpreted stereotypes so heavily that the mentally ill have been classified as careless and violent people.
“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about” (Hourani 142). A mental disorder is an illness that is experienced by an undeniably large amount of people, and despite this it is still met with discrimination. People perceive mental illness to be less severe and important than physical illness, but by bringing attention to the stigma, people will be aware of the disease. However, what is most surprising is the fact that people’s negative outlook is based on a misconception and misunderstanding about mental disorders as opposed to its reality. This is a pertinent concern in our society because of the way this prejudice affects the mentally ill. Not only are they faced with feelings of insecurity about who they are, but they also are subject to be treated as less than equals, and are seen as outcasts.
The Label that comes with being mentally ill often leads to depression. Mental illness is largely misunderstood in the United States and can be treated; the following paragraphs reveal treatment, as well as causes and effects of stigmas on society, poverty, Insurance, the educational system, and the media. In society there are Universal definitions of what it means to be mentally healthy. Mental illness is defined as "all mental disorders, which are characterized by sustained patterns of abnormal thinking, emotions, or behaviors that are accompanied by significant distress and/or impairment in daily functioning.” The most diagnosed illnesses are bipolar, impulse control, and anxiety. The ridicule and embarrassment that is attached to the label strains people from seeking the treatment they need to conquer the problem.
There are many factors that bring the false and outdates information to the people. According to Davey, “the medical model implies that mental health problems are on par with physical illnesses and may result from medical or physical dysfunction in some way (Davey). Moreover, the term “diagnosis”, which is often used in this medical model, always associates as a label to “the patients” can lead to “the view that people with mental health problems are different and should be treated with caution” (Davey). The is true since as we think about people with mental health problems, we often imagine about them doing some uncontrollable behaviors and we are very wary of being near them. In addition, Davey finds fault with the media in stereotyping the mental health sufferers.
Mental Illness Lysette Anthony once said “Mental Illness leaves a huge legacy, not just for the person suffering from it but for those around them”. Mental Illness affects our society in many different ways from our families all the way to our work environments. Mental Illness can affect our society mainly through medical cost, injuries, and even disability. Some people well, most people think that mental illness is just an health condition that changes people’s mood or feeling which it is but, it’s also a condition that may affect someone’s ability to function and when it affects someone’s ability to function then it’s affecting a lot of people in the world. Many people don’t see mental illness in a way of affecting us through medical
These social stigmas increase the fear and shame in people who may be dealing with mental illness and soon develop into self stigmas such as: “I’m crazy” and “I can’t be helped.” Behaviors such as these reinforce the negative stereotypes that bombard society. Gaining an understanding of why there is a stigma, how inaccurate stereotypes are debilitating to the function of those with mental illnesses, and how recognizing social and self-stigma surrounding mental illness will be the first steps to eradicate this problem. People with mental disorders or illnesses are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of crimes. However in newspapers and during media coverage violent criminals are often labeled psychos, maniacs, or schizophrenics. Media, television, and music often dramatize and portray people with mental illnesses inaccurately (Polatis.)
Public stigma, encompassing multiple stigmatizing attitudes towards those with mental illness, is often presented in three forms throughout the media, “people with mental illness are homicidal maniacs who need to be feared; they have childlike perceptions of the world that should be marveled; or they are responsible for their illness because they have weak character” (Corrigan and Watson 17). Noticeably, none of these attitudes are beneficial for persons with serious mental illness. These attitudes alter the way people with mental illness are treated by the public—which will be explored further on—and they also alter the way people with mental illness see
The physical impacts can have a large range on a person, like temporary deafness, blindness, paralysis, seizures, etc. There are also psychological effects it has on people like increasing anger, sexual drive, hallucinations, personality disorders, etc. There is no definitive cause for hysteria, but after reviewing different articles it seems hysteria occurs during stressful times in a persons life, so the mind uses different techniques to help the brain escape this stress by diverting the attention to something else, like a sexual drive, paralysis, rapid changing emotions, etc. While the symptoms are strong, and the disorder is well known there is still no absolute cure for hysteria; different methods like treating it psychologically through therapy and psychoanalysis or even, less conventional ways like orgasm to release hormones have been tried but are only successfulness by case. Hysteria is a interesting and extensive disorder that has many different affects on a person and changes them mentally and physically, however successful treatments are short and few on rare