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“Social stigma still looms and it’s as powerful as ever for mental illness, but sufferers talk now. And we can be quite loud.”
It’s easier said than done. It’s easy to say you or I will shake off any negative opinions of someone thrown our way. This might be especially true from those close to you, it can be a challenge to say the least to not let it affect you.
“Self-stigma causes the sufferer to consciously or subconsciously perceive themselves, or their illness in the prejudiced way society does.”
Many people with mental illness state that the stigma around their illness is more painful than the actual illness. By and large self-stigma is different from social stigma and we hardly hear about it. Self-stigma isn’t all to familiar a term for most. Not yet, at least.
How can we change that? What ways did you yourself cope, or any insights from experiences like these?
Place your thoughts in comments below.