Mental Health Stigma Amongst Those With Mental Illness

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

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Mental Health Stigma Amongst Those With Mental Illness

Mental Health Stigma Amongst The Mentally IllYes, even those with a diagnosed mental illness engage in mental health stigma.

Maybe you have depression and have thought to yourself, "Thank goodness, I'm not Bipolar. Those people are really crazy!" Our guest blogger, Sandy Rosenblatt, has trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), yet refused to write about trichophagia (eating hair), a symptom that some with trich experience. Why? She didn't want people to think she did "that".

Even our own mental health stigma blogger, Chris Curry, came forward recently to say he has stigmatizing thoughts (Even the Stigma Blogger Stigmatizes). Chris has battled major depression, addiction, anxiety and more and is a mental health and addiction counselor. Chris might be the last person you would think engages in mental health stigma.

Yet, it happens. Why? Because we're human. We compare ourselves to others. We rationalize our challenges in life. Occasionally, we all have these kinds of thoughts to one extent or another. But as Chris notes in the above story, it's important to be aware of your thoughts and take corrective action going forward and be a little bit better than we were yesterday.

Related Mental Health Stigma Stories

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: "You Don’t Have A Mental Illness! It’s All in Your Head!" Have you ever heard those words? And has anyone ever made you doubt that you really have a mental illness? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness

Get Our Mental Health Blog Widget

Over 300 sites and blogs are helping spread awareness of mental illness. How about putting our mental health blogs widget on your website, blog or social page? The latest HealthyPlace blog headlines appear as soon as the articles are posted on our site. Just click "Get Widget" at the bottom of the widget, grab the embed code and paste it into your page. You'll also see embed links for Wordpress, Blogger, Linkedin and other social sites there.

As a bonus, put the blogs widget on your site or blog, email us (info AT with a page link where it appears, and we'll give a shoutout to your site, blog, or social site on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Share our Stories

At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Vindictive Narcissists
  2. Depression… Will It Ever End?
  3. Dealing with Bipolar Disorder in the Family

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Raising Challenging Children

Raising challenging children can turn the parenting journey into a minefield of mistakes and mishaps. Not to worry though. Dr. Steven Richfield, "The Parenting Coach," has some parenting advice on raising challenging children.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Don't Make Your Children the Exception to Every Rule
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret?
  • The Mother of All Advice: Difficult Mothers and the Difficulty of Loving Them
  • Here Comes the Sun: How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?
  • The American Way: What Really Makes Us Americans?
  • What Happy People Do Differently?
  • Rise In Anti-Depressant Use Across Europe Coincides With Drop In Suicide Rates
  • What Is Depersonalization? What Causes Depersonalization?
  • Homicide By Mentally Ill Falls, But Patient Suicide Rises In England
  • Being Mentally Active Helps Preserve Memory
  • Objective Sleep Measures Fail to Predict Depression
  • Psychologic Model Highlights Bipolar Subtypes
  • Pediatric Mania Rarely Persists
  • Cognitive Outweighs Clinical Insight for Predicting Psychosis Outcome

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2013, July 8). Mental Health Stigma Amongst Those With Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 23 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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