Imagine your normal life’s tussles and bustles coupled with a few daily stressors that you have to cope with.
Yet at the end of the day, you recline on your couch drained and exhausted both physically and mentally.
How much worse can it get if you were mentally ill? Making it through a few hours is enough struggle as is.
Do you know what is stigma and misconceptions that surround mental illness?
Read through to find out.
What is Mental Illness Stigma?
This is when there’s a negative view of yourself or by others because you’re disadvantaged, for having a mental illness which makes you have a personality disorder.
There exist dual effects of mental illness stigma.First there’s Self-stigma, the prejudice you turn against yourself and secondly public stigma, the response accorded to you by the general public.
Most of the time, the community doesn’t support you if you‘re suffering from a mental illness. This is due to lack of awareness.
This is a social collective representation of a fixed upon the notion of groups of persons.
In the case of self-stigma, you only see the negative side of your character’s weakness and you believe you’re incompetent in all your ways.
When it goes to the public domain since you’ve got a mental illness people see you as dangerous. They don’t want to be associated with you and see you as inept. You’re viewed as a person with a weak personality.
When you’ve got a mental illness and are faced with self-stigma, you could end up having low self-esteem and low self-worth which could affect your mindset.
When it’s the public stigma, those around you respond to you in fear and openly avoid you. This could fill you with anger and yield hostile behaviour which will only push them farther.
If you’re suffering from mental illness you can’t enjoy the quality of life like other people. If you’ve self-stigma you could fail to pursue job opportunities.You may also hault from seeking professional help or discontinue your treatment. Dropping out of school could seem like the only way out.
The public stigma is also very harsh for no one wants to hire you if you have a history of mental illness. Your peers could start avoiding you and even the landlords would lose their faith in you and you may end up losing the housing opportunity.
Your close relatives may even withhold from supporting you seek the therapy or counselling you need when you‘ve got a mental illness.
Misconceptions towards Mental Illness
That if you’ve got a mental illness you should be feared and therefore be excluded in most communities. They see you as irresponsible and make your life decisions for you.
They treat you like a child even in the way they take care of you. Some even believe you are responsible for your mental illness and you should take care of it yourself.
Mental illness and physical illness are more or less the same. However, physical disability doesn’t shun people away like the way mental disability does.
You can change this by creating awareness and stopping the stigma by spreading the news of Mental Health Awareness Day 10th October which is celebrated worldwide.
Check out our GBS TV blog posts to learn more about mental health.