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Christina Mattocks Social Work Paper Mental Health In the mental health field, social workers implement the strengths perspective. Their main objective is to focus on individuals’ strengths and capabilities, as well as on their symptoms. Social workers work diligently to counter the stigma to ensure that an individual’s diagnosis does not become who they are. By working as a unit, social workers strive to stop the labeling that is common in the mental health field. For example, People that have been diagnosed with schizophrenia are called schizophrenics, but people diagnosed with cancer are never called cancerics . That terminology is very harmful because it is making that illness become that person’s identity. To promote social justice social workers are very attentive to the use of language. In the article, The Public Stigma of Mental Illness and Drug Addiction, research participants were randomly chosen to read vignettes about a person with the following disorders: schizophrenia, major depression, alcohol dependency, drug dependency or subclinical issues. Results showed that people with
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