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30 May

Why is there such a stigma attached to mental illness?

We are in the year 2013, having experienced great leaps of science, medicine and understanding of the human psyche.

Then why, when it comes up and tell someone you actually live with a mental disorder, do they gave you that look and say “ohhhh.”

I’ve been asked a lot of questions when it comes to my bi-polar. Alot of them have to do with my daughter (eg: is she going to have it when she’s older?) and a lot of it is just general misinformed rubbish. I think it’s cause I’m so young. Because no, mental disorders are for older people, with more life experience and more time to go crazy. I can’t possibly be bipolar…I’m too young…the doctor just probably loves dishing out diagnosis and putting you on a bunch of pills.

I’ve met a lot of judgmental idiots. But I’ve also met a lot of caring, understanding and supportive people – yet usually these are the ones who have a disorder themselves, or have a close family member who does. They read my blog and think it’s good (which I’m so grateful for!) and most importantly…they are educated.

It seems like there is not enough literature in the world to educate people and get rid of the stigma attached to mental illness. It’s a societal thing. Engraved in the minds of many, many people who see mental illness in the media as something completely and utterly tragic and something scary. The media, movies and television display mental illness in the most drastic way possible. We don’t all flip our tops and go on killing sprees or talk to the walls and become obsessed with lovers. No, some of us are just your average joe/jane really just trying to make it through life with something real and hard. We just have an extra bag or load to carry with us. But we are not freaks or weirdo’s or “insane.”

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2 Comments

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Bipolar, Random

 

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2 responses to “Why why why

  1. prog4

    June 20, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I think a lot of the stigma is actually attached to the labels. Once someone has an “official” diagnosis, whether it be bi-polar or whatever, it seems that many people pre-judge them then based on their own subjective (likely misinformed and biased) understanding of what that label actually means.
    There are many people in the world who are “different” but who either have never been diagnosed or else do not fit accurately enough into any preconceived diagnosis – yet they may well be just as “mentally ill” as some who have been diagnosed.

     
    • zozespot

      June 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Very true! It’s like once you actually become diagnosed is when it all changes. And once you claim ownership of that and not just ignore it, a stigma is attached

       

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