CogPsy Thought Paper 2.docx - Chong Cheska Llana Psyc 23 | Psy 107 –(section Mental Health Stigma in the Philippines Thought Paper 2 Mental health

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Chong, Cheska Llana Thought Paper 2 Psyc 23 | Psy 107 – (section) Mental Health Stigma in the Philippines Mental health stigma is stigmatizing attitudes, which are widespread and commonly held, towards people with mental health problems. (Psychology Today, n.d.). These include beliefs shared by society that are commonly associated with various mental health issues; and most commonly, these are stigmatized by those who are close to them, such as their parents, friends, and teachers. In developing countries like Asia, people with mental illnesses are discriminated more compared to Western countries; because this is seen as disadvantageous in the aspect of work and marriage, two of which are most important in Asian culture. (Lauber & Rossler, 2006). In the Philippines, if one has a mental illness, such as schizophrenia, he or she will be marked as “crazy,” violent, and unstable. Mental illness can even be considered as a belief that supernatural forces are taking over the person’s body, or in Filipino, “ sinapian .” This notion can become detrimental to those who are genuinely suffering from mental health problems such that they would be reluctant to seek help from professionals. As a result, their illnesses remain untreated and continues to be a problem in the country; and the stigma continues to exist. Most of the time, we already have a mental representation to as what certain things are. In this context, we already have a pre-existing idea to what mental illness is; and this is affected by different factors. One of them is that we already have a concept for mental illness. For Filipinos, being mentally ill is typically associated with being unpredictable and violent. They have also placed these individuals into a category just because they have common features. (Sternberg,
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