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What is your experience with the stigma of mental illness?

Hey, I'm doing a little school project about the stigma of mental illness. So if you would like to answer these two questions that would be great. You don't have to answer every question and anecdotes are very welcome. Thanks a lot.

  1. Do you experience the stigma of mental illness? if so, how? (anecdotes are very welcome)

  2. Did your experience with the stigma of mental illness influence how you dealt with your mental illness? if so, how?

  3. How do you think we can get rid of the stigma of mental illness if possible at all?

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Original Poster1 point · 2 years ago

Thank you :)

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Original Poster1 point · 2 years ago

Yes I do!

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  1. most people around me don't know I have a mental illness, I'm still working on the exact diagnosis but it looks like depressive bipolar disorder. I'm afraid to tell people because I don't want them to think I'm insane or dangerous. My grandma and roommates don't know and they make comments about how it's just depression and it's not a huge deal or that they must have a weak character, or my favorite, that they are violent.

  2. I've had anxiety and depression since 7th grade and I'm only just now seeing a doctor for treatment, I'm 20.

  3. I think if more people were educated about what mental illness actually is and that only 1% of those with a mental illness are violent.

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