Having experienced stigma, one becomes familiar with feelings of …


Mental Illness

Having experienced mental illness in my family I became familiar with feelings of:

Blame, shame and secrecy.

Some families tagged the illl person as the black sheep of the family.

The ill person tends to get isolated because he/she is excluded socially.

The individual becomes stereotyped and suffers discrimination.

STEREOTYPES OFTEN USED ARE:-

He’s a psycho killer.

She’s a maniac.

They are such pathetic characters.

They hide behind psycho-babble and doctors.

As a result, they may become figures to make fun of.

FACTORS INFLUENCING THE PREJUDICE OF STIGMATISERS

Some people suffering from a mental illness have an unkempt appearance.

Sometimes their behavior might seem unusual or a bit strange, but they are usually harmless.

They might have a history of admission to a psychiatric hospital due to the fact that their illness has become chronic and as a result take psychotropic drugs to help them.

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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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