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Stigma, the Silent Killer

Many people walk in fear of losing their jobs, their friends, and even their families. They hide in their homes feeling ashamed. Not for breaking the law, not for doing anything wrong. It is something that is beyond their control and will. They will never ask for anything like this, nor conceive anything so bad that society views them as inhuman maniacs.

People living with mental illness view this everyday of their lives. What they are viewing is called stigma. It is the number one reason why many people suffer alone. They do not receive help, because they are of being shipped to a mental hospital to be operated or experimented on, be enslaved, or be drugged up so that they would not know who they are anymore. Unfortunately, mental hospitals earned that reputation back before the sixties.

All of that feeds the fear, the stigma, which prevents people from getting help the they need. Some of these people turn to alcohol, others to street drugs. Unfortunately, there are some people who take their own lives. This is why I call stigma, the silent killer.

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LoudMan wrote on September 8, 2014, 7:10 AM

I've long ago abandoned ever hoping to be approved by a society filled with watchers and where is a "thing."

Feisty56 wrote on September 18, 2014, 11:17 PM

I think part of the stigma is fear -- mental health is not all that well understood by professionals. Lay people are unfortunately inundated with the stereotypes portrayed in fiction of those with mental illness. It isn't easy to "come out" in our society as someone with mental health issues. I applaud those who do, risking loss of their public image and more. Terry Bradshaw stands out in my memory as someone who has shared his difficulties with depression. Glenn Close is involved in a campaign to de-stigmatize mental illness. I am sure there are others, but these come to mind.

Thought-provoking post here.

LarrySells wrote on September 20, 2014, 3:28 AM

Thanks for everyone's comments. Stigma prevents people from receiving the help that they need because they are afraid of what they will lose if they receive help and also out of fear of how by the therapist, counselors, and other mental health professionals will judge them and mental institutions will experiment with them. That's an idea I have for another article. I basically halfway wrote it in an article someone wrote here on Persona Papers. It was on Abandoned Mental Institutions. A great article by the way. If you get a chance, I would read it.