• Hi. It’s great to see you. Welcome!

    Our forum members are people, maybe like yourself, who experience mental health difficulties or who have had them at some point in their life. Amongst our membership there is a wealth of expertise that has been developed through having to deal with mental health issues.

    We are an actively moderated forum with a team of experienced moderators. We also have a specialist safety team that works extra hard to keep the forum safe for visitors and members.

    Register now to access many more features and forums!

Rant about stigma and mental illness

S

schizophrenic123

Guest
I swear to God, I give up!!! We will never lose the stigma about mental illness and I have to give up. If I don't, I will be posting video's and shit until I'm dead. My fucking family won't change so I guess its just me. I'm the loser. Something is seriously wrong with me and I deserved NOTHING.
 
megirl

megirl

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 9, 2010
Messages
7,536
Location
NZ
Dont even start. I was a nurse on a surgical ward even when getting a patient from the recovery ward after an operation the nurse handing over would say the patients medical history then when saying the patient had shown signs of anxiety they would almost whisper it?? I think most people would be anxious before an operation I most certainly would be and was
Then my nurse manager who knew i had bipolar was handing over a patient from dayshift instead of saying the patient suffers from bipolar just points at the words bipolar. I have looked after many patients who suffer from a mental illness which is just the same as a physical illness but no...apparantly not i had a suicidal lady who admitted to me that she wanted to kill herself one of my collegues told me 'dont worry about it its not our job' ........of course i followed it up ...it angers me ..so much
 
S

schizophrenic123

Guest
Try seeing it as the glass is half full. Not everyone is a dick.
I don't understand what your saying. It still happens. It just effects people more when it happens to them.
Why would you not want to change the stigma? It leaves people feeling hopeless and helpless.
 
Cazcat

Cazcat

Well-known member
Staff Member on Leave
Joined
Sep 12, 2013
Messages
2,423
Stigma is still a big problem, it's getting a bit better for things like depression and anxiety, but it feels like psychosis and schizophrenia have missed out on these improvements. It sucks. I feel able to be very open about my depression anxiety and PTSD. My husband is happy to tell people he has suffered depression, but not psychosis, the stigma is just so hard to face. And that itself becomes a self fulfilling prophecy, the stigma is so great it stops people talking and so the people majority of people who have well controlled symptoms or live quiet unsensational lives don't talk about it and it's only when things go badly wrong and hit the news that people hear about It, perpetuating the negative stereotypes.
 
LORD BURT

LORD BURT

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 8, 2013
Messages
30,821
Location
Mordor
It is a tough one with schizophrenia. We are encouraged to talk about it, but the problem is that once you open up it can lead to the negative effects of discrimination.
 
R

Raf_edd

Active member
Joined
Nov 3, 2017
Messages
33
Yeah the stigma sucks, but guess who needs to change it? We do! Why only show up to the discussion when we are feeling bad? I'm here medicated and in one of these few days I feel OK, let's help each other out. Also family members should be more open about the issues, my little cousin some time ago mentioned a psychic ward in a family conversation and my aunt looked desperate trying to change the subject
 
Cazcat

Cazcat

Well-known member
Staff Member on Leave
Joined
Sep 12, 2013
Messages
2,423
Stigma doent kill you.
Its like not everyone is going to like you. It just says more about them than you.
Stigma may not directly kill, but indirectly it leads to people being scared to ask for help, it leads to people being isolated from friends and family, it leads to people not being taken seriously by Drs when they have symptoms of serious physical illnesse's. I would hazard a guess that stigma has contributed to and continues to contribute to a large number of deaths. Stigma definitely needs to be tackled.
 
LORD BURT

LORD BURT

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 8, 2013
Messages
30,821
Location
Mordor
Yeah the stigma sucks, but guess who needs to change it? We do! Why only show up to the discussion when we are feeling bad? I'm here medicated and in one of these few days I feel OK, let's help each other out. Also family members should be more open about the issues, my little cousin some time ago mentioned a psychic ward in a family conversation and my aunt looked desperate trying to change the subject
I wonder why it provokes such a fearful reaction?

Anybody know?
 
R

Raf_edd

Active member
Joined
Nov 3, 2017
Messages
33
It's a very taboo topic, it's been taking seriously only a couple of decades ago. I kinda understand her, no one wants to upset the "craziest" in the family.
 
Cazcat

Cazcat

Well-known member
Staff Member on Leave
Joined
Sep 12, 2013
Messages
2,423
Yeah the stigma sucks, but guess who needs to change it? We do! Why only show up to the discussion when we are feeling bad? I'm here medicated and in one of these few days I feel OK, let's help each other out. Also family members should be more open about the issues, my little cousin some time ago mentioned a psychic ward in a family conversation and my aunt looked desperate trying to change the subject
I was openly chatting to my Mum about my husband's psychosis on a bus the other day and I could see Her getting uncomfortable looking around to see if anyone was listening in. We were in an area where we didn't know anyone.
 
Top