Mental illness is a growing issue today. These are excerpts from a Mayo Clinic report about the stigma of it and ways to cope.
“The stigma of mental illness can lead to discrimination. Discrimination may be obvious and direct, such as someone making a negative remark about your mental illness or your treatment. Or it may be unintentional or subtle, such as someone avoiding you because the person assumes you could be unstable, violent or dangerous due to your mental health condition. You may even judge yourself. No matter whether the stigma is from oneself or others, the consequences are serious: important treatments may be delayed, income potential can be greatly reduced, and further complications can arise from self-isolation.
Learning to accept your condition and recognize what you need to do to treat it, seeking support, and helping educate others can make a big difference.”
To learn more ways to overcome mental health stigmas read the full article here: Mental Health: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness