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Mental health stigma unchanged


Stigma towards people with schizophrenia, depression or alcohol dependence in the US has not improved, even though people are becoming more understanding of neurobiological reasons for the conditions.

The researchers said their findings raised questions about the effectiveness of campaigns to reduce prejudice. They found, in some cases, that discrimination towards these groups might be increasing.

The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, involved questions posted to a nationally representative sample of 1,956 adults.


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  • Please explain to me why this would be of any interest to a mental health nurse in this country? I want to hear about research being undertaken here - or is it that nothing is being done?

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  • How sad your comment is, surely research such as the above shows attitudes have not changed and we as health professionals should be looking at what we can do to try to solve this age old problem, the stigma is still around because people still shy away from mental health issues, when the reality is anyone of us in any walk of life may suffer from some form of mental illness in our lifetime.

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  • schizophrenia, depression or alcohol dependence$
    why have these groups been singled out? What about all the other people suffering from other equally serious mental health disorders they also suffer from stigma?

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