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final unit 4 Essay Mental Disorder Social Stigma

 
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Rebekah Moreno
Instructor Lemiere
ENGLISH 101
3/17/14
“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” ― Friedrich
 Nietzsche
Throughout history we have been fed the concept that people who are sick in the mind
are crazy and have no place in society. Even today, this stigma still reigns. The media even
 portrays people with mental illnesses as violent or ill-fit to be in society. People with mental
illnesses have no control over how their brain works. However,
 people who don’t have mental
illnesses do have a say in how their brain discriminates or misjudges others. When it comes to
sicknesses of the body people can empathize with a person. When it comes to sicknesses of the
mind, often
time’s
 
 people aren’t as understanding. People living with mental illnesses are
discriminated against, bullied, and just misunderstood. The stigma around mental illnesses needs
to be dramatically reduced because people can still live a normal life with these illnesses of the
mind. The people living with these illnesses can get the proper help they need to function
normally. Our nation needs to be more educated in the mental health field, and if this succeeds
society will be able to live more harmoniously as a collective group.
According the Mayo Clinic,
mental health illness is defined as “a wide range of mental
health conditions
 — 
 disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental
illness include depression, anxiety
disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive
 behavior 
s” (Mayo Clinic).
This can affect anybody, not just a select group can get these illnesses.
The national institute of mental health states that “an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages
18 and older
 — 
 about one in four adults
 — 
 suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given
year” (NIMH). It’s not just adults these days that can get any mental health illness, younger kids
can develop it too. These people getting ailments of the mind are suffering in a multitude of
ways. The relationships they have suffer greatly because of the stigma surrounding mental health
illnesses. According to advances in
 psychiatric treatment, “s
tigma is defined as a sign of disgrace
or discredit, which sets a person apart from others. The stigma of mental illness, although more
often related to context than to a person's appearance, remains a powerful negative attribute in all
social relations
” (Peter Byrne
). All these things attribute to this whole negative cloud that
surrounds mental illness and thus creating a stigma. This stigma prevents those with mental
illnesses from really seeking advice because they feel like an outcast and alienated because of
their disease. People make them out to be a monster, but they are just sick people who need help.
There could be multiple reasons why someone develops a mental illness, on the website
thechallengesofmentalillnes
 it states that a genetic trait, a chemical imbalance in the brain,