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By Traci Pedersen
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on September 23, 2010 

Despite widespread efforts to educate the public of the neurobiological basis for mental illness, researchers have found no improvement in discrimination toward people suffering with serious mental health or substance abuse problems.

This is according to a new study by Indiana University and Columbia University.

The findings raise concerns regarding the effectiveness of mental health awareness campaigns. Recently, advocates have embraced the message of “this disease is like any other,” and hoped this point would be driven home to finally reduce stigma toward mental illness in the United States.

“Prejudice and discrimination in the U.S. aren’t moving,” said IU sociologist Bernice Pescosolido. 

“In fact, in some cases, it may be increasing. It’s time to stand back and rethink our approach.”

For many Americans suffering with mental illness, a fear of stigma often keeps them from seeking the medical help they need.  When others find out, the sufferer can experience discrimination in employment, housing, medical care and social relationships, and this negatively affects the quality of life for these individuals and their loved ones.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/09/23/stigma-for-mental-illness-high-possibly-worsening/18524.html

 



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