Rant about stigma and mental illness

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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.
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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?
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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That's sad Cazcat I know the feeling. I would compare it to that Harry Potter character no one says he's name. Society has a long walk to accept mental health problems as treatable and worthy of open disscusion.
 
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I saw a new psychologist on Monday who told me he didn't use 'labels' as he didn't like them. I've thought about this a lot since and it hurts when a professional like him uses the term 'label' instead of diagnosis. Last year I wasn't 'labelled' with cancer, I was diagnosed with it. Why can't mental health be treated the same? I've always considered my self as diagnosed with BPD etc., not 'labelled' with it and when professionals use this term, to me it promotes stigma. 'Labels' should not be used when it comes to health issues albeit mental or physical!
 
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My husband has family members with Schizophrenia (which we knew about because things went wrong spectacularly and he ended up in a secure unit for a long time) and Schizoaffective. He and his relative only found out they both had psychosis because they bumped into each other at a group session. I think with 3 people with similar illnesses in this generation there's a high likelyhood there have been other family members in the past, but no mention at all from the family. Stigma is a big problem in that family too.
 
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I saw a new psychologist on Monday who told me he didn't use 'labels' as he didn't like them. I've thought about this a lot since and it hurts when a professional like him uses the term 'label' instead of diagnosis. Last year I wasn't 'labelled' with cancer, I was diagnosed with it. Why can't mental health be treated the same? I've always considered my self as diagnosed with BPD etc., not 'labelled' with it and when professionals use this term, to me it promotes stigma. 'Labels' should not be used when it comes to health issues albeit mental or physical!
I've heard that there's a debate between psychiatrists about whether they should give people a diagnosis of schizophrenia because of the stigma attached. To me that suggests that those psychiatrists are pandering to the stigma rather than challenging it and are actually part of the problem.
 
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I think that mental health should be discussed in schools so that people grow up understanding more about it. It is quite often the lack of understanding and knowledge that causes others to turn away from us and produce stigma. I truly believe that stigma would be reduced if children grew up knowing more about it and how it affects us.
 
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