Preventing stigma

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Mental health and psychological problems are still stigmatized, even if 50 % of us will qualify for some disorder once in our lifetime. The stigma can be explained many ways. Sometimes, people don`t know enough about psychology, but even people who`ve read a lot, can have prejudices. I have prejudices and problems with understanding, too, but I try to be aware of it.

Have you heard stories about people with psychological issues who weren`t believed or felt ridiculed if they tried to explain what they felt? Unfortunately, I have, and it scares me more than anything. I might even have acted differently towards somebody, because we show dislike or contempt in many ways (and you don`t always notice it yourself). When busy, I must confess that I have a tendency to not meet the eyes of a beggar, and I have stepped back when I`m approached by for example an alcoholic. When I do, I remember to watch myself from above, and take a deep breath. Usually, it helps, and I have learnt so much that way. To illustrate what I mean by prejudice, I`ve included some pretty explanatory pictures.


3 thoughts on “Preventing stigma

    wediditptsd said:
    January 13, 2020 at 21:37

    Thank you for raising awareness of stigma. You are brave to use your own experience as an example. You are very inspiring

      mirrorgirl responded:
      January 13, 2020 at 21:52

      Well thank you. It means so much that you say that, as it makes sharing easier. And the same
      For you. It must be so hard writing about your experiences, but you still do. Respect.

        wediditptsd said:
        January 13, 2020 at 22:08

        Thanks! That feels validating. It is hard

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