We never feel stigma for the things we’ve done. It is always because of something that someone else has done that we feel stigma is created.
Yet we’ve all, most of us at least, done stupid, embarrassing and bizarre things when ill. We’ve probably all done our share of enabling stigma. Stigma just doesn’t appear out of nowhere.
Is it time to drop the self-righteous victim act we all play when confronted with stigma? While we may not have contributed to that person’s feelings about our illness, we certainly have contributed to someone else looking poorly at it.
I know I’ve had trouble dealing with stigma. Maybe it’s time to just accept that this disease is deserving of such a negative reputation.