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.