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Links Between Social Exclusion and Poverty: Stigma as Some Sort of Mental Illness

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Stigma is generally associated or related with negative or obnoxious labels to highlight people that have developed some sort of mental illness in our society. Stigma is often miss-read by the masses and has its roots in misinterpretation and apprehension. Majority of people tends to develop negative perceptions about persons that have mental problems; these perceptions have no solid groundings and are based upon false assumptions, myths and stereotype approach (Yang, Kleinman, Link, Phelan, Lee, and Good, 2007). Meanwhile, stigma can be defined as a bulk of negative false beliefs and miss-conceptions that drive people to garner or adopt attributes like avoidance, fear, rejection and discriminations towards those who are suffering from some sort of mental illness.

A common practice that is carried out in our society is that people with mental illness are ignored and are socially boycotted; furthermore working with them or hiring them for doing jobs is not a common practice as these people are left alone because of their mental illness (especially those who have serious mental illness like schizophrenia) and because of the negative perception and fear that is possessed by the society based on myths and misconceptions.

Consequences because of this ignorance and miss treatment of the society these persons tend to develop low self-esteem, sense of ignorance and isolation and hopelessness. Moreover, they further become the victims of embarrassment and shame because of the offensive attitude opted by the society towards them, as result, these people hide symptoms and frequently fall short to look for treatments (Fine and Asch, 1988). Unfortunately at present human race is not able to completely analyse brain with reference to its working, still many aspects are to be explored in order to gain a complete understanding of the brain.

However there is no denying of the fact that brain is also an important organ, but the serious question comes in one’ s minds that why people fail to develop understanding and accepting disorders of the brain like other organs disorders? (Davine, 2005).

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preview essay on Links Between Social Exclusion and Poverty: Stigma as Some Sort of Mental Illness
  • Pages: 14 (3500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Psychology
  • Level: Undergraduate
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