6-1 Discussion Mental Health Stigma.docx - According to the National Institute of Mental Health approximately one in five adults have a diagnosable

6-1 Discussion Mental Health Stigma.docx - According to the...

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in five adults have a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, or about 58 million people in the United States. However, only about half of all Americans with a serious mental illness seek treatment. Mental health stigma is a significant deterrent to seeking help. Discuss how you think stigmas are perpetuated. How can a diagnosis or a label reinforce a stigma? A person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness has to not only battle the actual illness, but also the stigmas that are associated with it. A stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation. Most stigmas are just stereotyping that individuals have, and they are generated as misconceptions. These misconceptions are causes of why individuals with mental illnesses don’t seek help or treatment due to the fear of being labeled. To be labeled means that a person could potentially lose opportunities

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