Monday, May 1, 2017

Silence Kills -- The Stigma of Mental Illness Redux

It's Mental Health Month again.  Out comes the stigma word, the pleas for understanding, the heart-warming whatever.

I am so done with stigma. Frankly, I am insulted that NAMI et al still use the word.  Is Black Lives Matter about stigma?  It's dangerous to be either in the US, and for the same reason. Prejudice, people.  We are talking about prejudice.


The following was first posted in July 2013.  Alas, we are still trying to get our heads out of our asses.  The Affordable Care Act made some progress, a little, toward mental health parity.  Insurers had to get creative to deny us coverage. But this congressional session, it's all up for grabs again, whether our illness will get covered at all.  And the prejudice of doctors -- don't get me started.

So from July, 2013 --

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I don't use the s-word.  I hate this title. I use it only because people who need this post will use it when they google.

I don't use the s-word.  But here it is.

First from Google:

Definition of STIGMA

Noun
  1. A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person: <the stigma of mental disorder>.