It’s been demonstrated in research that primary health care providers are more likely to be stigmatizing than mental health care providers, which I think is due to perhaps the way medicine focuses on pathology and people who practice it often enjoy good health, higher intellect, and drive for success.
I think that it’s a nasty web of stuff going on including the issues of compliance and finances. I myself have had good finances to back my treatment (live with my parents and looks like I will be getting loans to live on in grad school), and my extended family is always there if I am in need, they are quite wealthy. I don’t have to worry about getting to see my doctors for treatment. Many obstacles would have to be overcome for that to happen to me. That’s what I mean.
I think that most psychiatric illnesses are somewhat contagious. I really do. By that I mean that the effects are not limited to the person with the illness at all, in fact I think most of the time, their family and friends and significant others feel the pain too. Like with autism and how clinicians react and treat ASD (autism spectrum disorder) kids differently and just can’t help it- the experience is abnormal for everyone involved.
It’s a challenging issue. Stigma is a hot topic. It’s my area of research and I enjoy it, however “nasty” the reality is shown to be, there is progress and hope.
I do what I can by demonstrating that I can and do use my potential and have insight and motivation as well as good intellectual ability as do other competitive students. It’s dark, I mean my head is one specimen of things gone wrong, but there is light in my life. Like right now, I have the rest of the day free because I have worked ahead, and I stand with straight A’s, good research (as evaluated by others, not my opinion), and physical health. I mean it’s pretty ■■■■■■ up at times though. I don’t pretend that I am perfectly normal, and that’s part of standing with my conditions (ASD and SCZ and trauma maybe PTSD but not severe as most cases of it).
Sorry, I just like talking about this stuff!