Understanding (and Getting Past) the Mental Health Stigma
June 2, 2020
From Cleveland Clinic
We live in an era where we talk openly about mental health issues more than ever before. We talk about the need to take mental health seriously and the best ways to treat it, be it medication, therapy or self-care.
And, yet, not everyone feels that way. Despite openness from many, there still exists a stigma around the topic of mental health that prevents many from acknowledging the effects of mental health and potential treatments.
With 1 in 5 Americans facing mental health issues each year, it’s important to understand where this stigma comes from and how we can push back against it. We talked to psychiatrist Douglas McLaughlin, DO, about the history of the stigma around mental health and what can be done to scale it back.
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