Now that you have a good understanding of a disorder, its prevalence and its symptoms, it is time to look at stigma and treatment.
- What has surprised you in your research or in the posters you have looked at
- What are some misconceptions that people have about mental disorders?
- Can mental disorders be treated? How?
- What are some misconceptions that people have about treating mental disorders?
Source: New York Times, 2017/2/14
- For what purpose did the “amateur diagnosticians” label Mr Trump a narcissist?
- What is the purpose of the letter to the editor?
- What does it say about people’s perception of mental illness?
- What does it say about stigma?
Stigma: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.
- What stigmas are you aware of?
- How are they formed?
- What are the consequences on people with mental illnesses?
- What are the consequences on society?
- How can we change society’s perception of mental illness?
For the disorder that you researched in your last assessment, find sources that clearly discuss stigma towards people with the disorder.
- It can be a specific research or report. First hand accounts can be used as support, but not as primary evidence.
- Describe how the stigma manifests itself in society
- Describe the impact on the patient
- Explain the source of the stigma (culture, history, misconception, media etc)
- Evaluate one initiative that was done to reduce or eliminate the stigma
You will present your findings to the class
We will read Michael Friedman’s The Stigma of Mental Illness is Making us Sicker