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Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

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One of the adverse effects of stigma is that it can lead to discrimination. The discrimination may be overt, such as someone making a negative remark about your mental illness or your treatment. Often, the stigma is subtle and even unintentional, such as avoidance of a person with a mental condition out of the mistaken fear of that person being unstable, violent or dangerous. Stigma can even be directed inwardly if the person with a mental illness feels that he is less worthy as a result of his condition.

Stigma is much more than a nuisance. There are harmful effects associated with stigma such as reluctance to seek help, lack of understanding of family and friends, inability to find employment or housing, social isolation and harassment.

Stigma is almost always based on a lack of understanding rather than the facts. 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.
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For Family & Other Personal Support

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row custom_padding=”0px|||” padding_mobile=”off” column_padding_mobile=”on” admin_label=”Row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” column_structure=”1_3,2_3″][et_pb_column type=”1_3″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_image src=”http://reliefresource.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/overcome2.jpg” align_tablet=”center” align_last_edited=”on|desktop” admin_label=”Image” _builder_version=”3.23″ animation_style=”slide” animation_direction=”left” animation_duration=”500ms” animation_intensity_slide=”10%” animation=”left” sticky=”off” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” always_center_on_mobile=”on”][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.87″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]How To Support a Family Member or a Loved One With a Mental Health Disorder

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #ffffff;background-color:#005652;padding-left:4px; padding-right:4px;”]H[/dropcap]aving a close family member develop a mental illness is a drastic event that changes everyone’s life in many fundamental ways. Strange or unpredictable behaviors in a loved one can be devastating. Your own personal anxiety can increase as you struggle with each illness episode and worry about the future. It could seem at first that coping with this new reality is insurmountable, but over time the family, friends and loved ones do gain the knowledge and skills to manage effectively with the various challenges that can arise. They discover strengths they never knew they had, and they are able to meet situations that they never anticipated facing. Moreover, even though there are many resources available for people dealing with mental illness, support from family and loved ones remains an essential element in the recovery process. Therefore, the more you learn about how you can help the better the outcome.

The best starting place for learning to cope is to educate yourself. Find out as much information as possible about mental illness by reading and by talking with others experiencing similar difficulties.
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[/et_pb_tab][/et_pb_tabs][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row custom_padding=”0px||0px|” padding_mobile=”off” column_padding_mobile=”on” admin_label=”Row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.87″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]*DISCLAIMER – The preceding articles are provided for informational purposes only. These resources are not in substitute of the services of mental health care professional.
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