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Beating the Stigma of Mental Illness

Even though psychosiphobia is an invented term to describe society's fear of psychosis, mass media has done a disservice by either playing it for laughs or taking it all to seriously.

This fear appears in the minds of people who think if I tough it out, then I can beat mental illness just by thinking it away and gave patience waiting for my inner demons to leave me...

What magical thinking is this??

It's unfair to discriminate and stigmatize a person for his social ineptness even when he is supportive of tolerance of mental health consumers.

For mental health consumers, the peaceful confrontation is the safest path to survival.

If you don't like me for a few of my more eccentric views, and if you ignore the evidence as I've presented it, then my fear is validated — the fear that if you got to know me better, you'd called me weird and scary, and avoid close contact with me.

I agree with your view but we need to do more than complain about this problem that people with psychiatric disabilities face. This problem is called STIGMA.

Most mentally ill people are no more likely to harm others or even be violent to friends, loved ones, or even strangers.

Possibly only psychopaths are more likely to use violence on others.

A world leader with depression is an asset to the world, and a medicated world leader is as effective as a world leader in a wheelchair.

With therapy — whether from a therapist or of the self-help kind — we are mostly harmless.

So I am fed up with the stigmatization of people with psychiatric disabilities.

I am not crazy, a nutjob or totally insane; I have a mental illness. While you may think I might be scary and weird sometimes, that's only my anxiety talking.

It really isn't the real me.

So give the mentally ill a chance.

Thank you for your support!


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