Signs of Self-Stigma: Do You Stigmatize Yourself?

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Signs of Self-Stigma: Do You Stigmatize Yourself?

Stigma is the prejudicial and negative treatment we face when others see us for our mental health condition rather than for who we are as a whole person. Facing stigma from others can be damaging and hurtful. But what about self-stigma? Do you ever stigmatize yourself? Can you recognize the signs of self-stigma in yourself?

Self-stigma is the biased, negative judgment that we impose on ourselves. You might have stigmatized yourself if you’ve ever

  • Paid more attention to the symptoms and effects of mental illness than you do on other aspects of yourself
  • Caught yourself overthinking the words, actions, and nonverbal behavior of others, “knowing” that you’re not measuring up
  • Noticed self-derogatory thoughts running through your mind
  • Found yourself agreeing with your derogatory thoughts
  • Felt that you’re not good enough for someone or something
  • Felt worthless

These are just some of the signs of self-stigma. As others do when they stigmatize you, when you stigmatize yourself, you’re seeing yourself unevenly. (A Guide to Overcoming Self-Stigma)

Begin to notice when you’re self-stigmatizing, and intentionally shift your focus to something good about yourself. Purposefully keep track of your positive thoughts and actions. When you shift your focus this way, you will gradually stop stigmatizing yourself. Then, you just might find that you like yourself, mental illness and all.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, May 22). Signs of Self-Stigma: Do You Stigmatize Yourself?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 25 from

Last Updated: January 28, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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