Stigmatization in the long-term treatment of psychotic disorders.

  Vol. 28 (Suppl 1) 2007 Neuro endocrinology letters Journal Article   2007; 28(Suppl 1): 35-45 PubMed PMID:  17262008    Citation  Keywords:  Humans, Long-Term Care, Prejudice, Psychotic Disorders:drug therapy, Self Concept, Stereotyping,.   

: Stigma is linked to negative prejudices without examining whether there is any justification for such behaviour. Over time, various efforts have been made to reduce prejudice toward people with mental illness. Yet, the World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Report still describes stigma as one of the greatest obstacles to the treatment of mental illness. While schizophrenia, among other mental illnesses, is the most stigmatized even to the point that some want the name of the illness to be hidden or changed, patients with bipolar illness may also be exposed to stigma. The degree of stigmatization has been found to be positively associated with the severity of the mental disorder, and stigma is carried out not only by patients but also by their families in correlation with the severity. Tragically, people with mental illness themselves are as negative in their opinions about mental illness as is the general public, and concerns about stigma adversely affect self-esteem and adaptive social functioning. There are many programmes worldwide for the fight against stigmatization, and there is clear recognition of the fact that stigma can only be successfully eliminated if the programme becomes a normal part of health service rather than of campaigns of limited duration.

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