Stigma – A Skewed Perception

REBLOG: This was a must share as far as I’m concerned. “My Loud Bipolar Whispers” shares this piece of breaking the stigma that surrounds people with mental illness/disorders. Awesome read!

My Loud Whispers of Hope

Many people have a skewed perception of what mental illness is. This skewed perception comes from people making generalized and uneducated statements about mental illness. Negative terms are used to describe or make fun of people with mental illness. People use mental illness related terms to describe someone or something in a negative and belittling way. For example, โ€œHe is so bipolar.โ€ This demeans mental illness and the people who live with it. This is stigma.

Stigma is a mark of disgrace and shame associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. Stigma causes people who live with a mental illness to be biased, shamed andย  discriminated against for an illness they never wanted to have. Mental illness has nothing to do with a personโ€™s character, or determination, yet people are blamed for getting the illness and not being able to make it go away.

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