Stigma, lack of options hinder mental health treatment
(Hendersonville Times-News) Most folks seek medical attention when an illness seems serious. It’s the normal way we all handle treatable, but inconvenient, illnesses. In fact, we might even tell a friend or family member that they need to see a doctor. But we would never tell them it’s all in their head, or suggest that maybe it’s the result of poor parenting. But sometimes that’s exactly the advice given to someone brave enough to reveal that he or she has a mental illness. In turn, this lack of support creates a major obstacle to effective treatment. Many are reluctant to even reveal their illness or seek professional help because of repercussions, including discrimination in employment, housing and medical care and a negative impact on the quality of life for themselves and for their families and friends.
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