The alarming aspect of the #DiagnoseTrump petition has nothing to do with the actions of the president. The argument surrounding this issue has to do with the way society looks to mental illnesses as a scapegoat for behaviors they dislike.
Public awareness of mental health issues, as well as people’s willingness to disclose their mental health challenges, seem to be at an all-time high, at least in Western societies. But as some of the stories on this page show, we still have a way to go before mental health conditions are viewed in the same light as other chronic health conditions. Fear and shame are still daunting obstacles for many, and untold numbers of people still suffer in silence. Stigma kills: a primary motivator for suicidal behavior is the belief that mental health conditions are shameful, and that those who have them are defective.
Using mental illnesses casually categorizes these illnesses into positive or negative illnesses. It makes the illness sound significantly less serious than it is and further contributes to the stigma of mental illnesses.
Back in the 1970s, eight mentally well people, including psychologist David Rosenhan, presented themselves at psychiatric hospitals, where they showed signs of mild anxiety and complained of auditory hallucinations, specifically words like “empty” and “hollow”.
The trivialization of mental illness, especially among college students, undermines the struggles of other students that have serious mental health problems.
In Darnell Lamont Walker’s documentary Outside the House, he’s breaking down the barriers and stigmas when it comes to black people discussing their mental-health issues, and confronting the problem head-on.
In Ghana, traditional authorities and religious leaders have been asked to use their influence to promote inclusiveness by ensuring that mentally ill people were not marginalised and discriminated against in terms of their developmental needs.
The show writers live in 2016, and thus, reflecting some kind of outdated 1970/80’s mental institute characters that fall within tropes is just not cool.
In the 13 years I have reported from here, “heart science study” and “heart science analysis,” as psychology and psychoanalysis are known in Chinese, have gained enormously in popularity, for perhaps the first time in the country’s history.
Understanding the manifestation of psychiatric disorders such as psychosis, schizophrenia, or seizures related to severe depression carries beliefs about weak faiths or curses. In turn, these beliefs de-humanizes the person.
Patients sometimes tell me that, by virtue of their existing mental illness, they must work twice as hard to have their physical illnesses taken seriously by the health service.
Britain’s Prince William, his wife Catherine and his brother Harry urged Britons on Tuesday to talk more openly about mental health issues, saying too many people suffer in silence.
Our legal system and the media that covers it often seem designed to categorize acts of violence as one type or another. But bigotries and oppressive forces overlap, finding homes in the bodies of vulnerable people and wreaking terrible havoc. Read more…
Esteban Santiago, the 26-year-old man held in the fatal shootings last week at Fort Lauderdale’s airport, reportedly has a history of mental difficulties and it’s tempting to assume they explain the crime. Experts say: Don’t. Read more…
In a two-day session at the Black Student-Athlete Summit in Austin, Texas, a number of health professionals educated and engaged attendees in discussions focusing largely on the mental health and well-being of student-athletes. Read more…
Pastor Michael Walrond Jr. is making a tremendous stride towards destigmatizing mental illness in the black community by providing free mental health services to Harlem residents. Read more…
I’ve heard some rather crass comments about medication – and have been asked some really ridiculous questions.
Whether it’s shamans from Ecuador to Russia or Christian religious leaders from the US, various regions and religions across the globe use faith healers.
“Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life” is part of a campaign by McLean Hospital aimed at changing the way mental illness is perceived and treated.
“People say it’s harder to talk about mental illness than it is physical illness,” said Dr. Andy Keller, psychologist and chief executive officer of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. “But mental diseases happen in the body, so they are physical diseases.”
The exhibit is part of a national public awareness campaign sponsored by McLean Hospital, in collaboration with Logan Airport and several mental health advocacy groups, with the goal of changing the way mental illness is perceived.
Local educators, Texas A&M students and mental health professionals participated in large and small group discussions to talk about the common misconceptions surrounding mental health.