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?

Exercise:

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

Quick review:

We will read Michael Friedman’s The Stigma of Mental Illness is Making us Sicker

If time: