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Stigma and Discrimination: The Effect of Stigma

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Stigma and discrimination go hand-in-hand, especially when it comes to mental illness. According to the Wisconsin United for Mental Health website, “. . . people with a mental illness would rather tell their employers they have committed a petty crime and were in jail than admit to being in a psychiatric hospital.” http://www.healthyplace.com/stigma/stand-up-for-mental-health/stigma-and-discrimination-the-effect-of-stigma/

My Recovery Story

My Story

I was officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1990. The illness was overwhelming but I was relieved to know it had a name. However I soon surrendered to the power of the illness. I was ‘bipolar’. I considered myself weak and sick. For years all I could think of was what I had lost. I often thought … Read more…

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