Why do people shun or ignore or treat as taboo schizophrenics so much?

here is a prime example from a fellow poster…

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Speaking as someone who has had both, cancer is harder to have, but you do get a lot more support. People were always sending me gifts, giving me special treatment, and writing me letters in the hospital. When I got diagnosed with SZ, I expected the same outpouring of support, and instead most people stopped talking to me. They didn’t know what to say.

i mean, what is motivating people to act this way? why treat it taboo? why shun or ignore us? why is this sort of thing all too common? i dont even know where to begin to understand it.

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Because normies think they are the best.

This is why I refuse to make friends.

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Mental health is strongest taboo, says research

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Coming out as being gay is easier than admitting to a mental health condition, study shows

Mary O’Hara

Fri 20 Feb 2009 06.17 EST


People are more reluctant to reveal they have a mental illness than to come out as gay, according to a new study that reaffirms warnings from campaigners that mental illness still faces a persistent social taboo.

In a survey of 2,000 people across Britain, almost 30% said they would find it difficult to admit publicly to having a mental illness, compared with 20% who said they would have difficulty coming out as gay.

Commissioned by the Time to Change campaign, an umbrella group of charities and the Institute of Psychiatry with a remit to challenge stigma, the survey also found that admitting to a mental health condition was deemed harder than confessing to having a drink problem or going bankrupt.

Almost a third of respondents believed someone with a mental health problem couldn’t do a responsible job.


“Perhaps it’s no surprise that a separate study found fewer than four in 10 employers would feel able to employ someone with a mental health problem,” the study’s authors say.

“The figures paint a bleak picture that reflects a Britain where mental health problems can stop you getting a job, having social interaction and getting on with life because they are so stigmatised.”

The study suggests that the impact of stigma extends well beyond the boardroom and shop floor. People are four times more likely to break off a romantic relationship if their partner is diagnosed with severe depression than if they develop a physical disability.

Those with schizophrenia are particularly likely to face problems: 20% of women said they would break up with a partner who was diagnosed with the condition.

Tom Bayliss, who has had depression and is an advocate for the Time to Change campaign, says the public needs to be made aware of the extent of discrimination against people with mental health problems.

“I’m Asian, I’m gay, and I have faced discrimination – but not for the reasons most people think,” he says. "It was actually when I got depression that I faced most discrimination.

“I think it’s fantastic we have come so far as a society – in many ways, become less discriminatory – but we have a long way to go on mental health. For me, it’s been the biggest taboo.”

The Time to Change campaign, launched last year with £16m from the Big Lottery Fund and £2m from Comic Relief, aims to reduce by 5% the discrimination directed towards people with mental health problems by 2012.


I think people have different views on schizoprenics and people with mental illness. People who have themselves had experience with it or with a familymember or friend might be more understanding, while those who have little experience with it might be frightened because they don’t know what it’s about. They might get influenced by movies where mentally ill often is portrayed as being stir crazy, being randomly violent or being a psychopath.

They are merely afraid of the unknown or have been misled into false beliefs. But there are some good tendencies in the media in regards to portray what mental illness really is about.(at least where I live) I hope that continues so people understand it better.


When i got done for glassing someone in the bar, and ended up in the local paper. The headline was “SCHIZOPHRENIC GOES ON RAMPAGE”.

No mention of course why i did - cos the bloke was rinsing me for money and telling everone i was a sex offender.

Did 3 months for that. The judge was a Cnt as well.

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Yeah, that’s unfair, I mean to use your condition as a explenation of events. I guess we have to keep our heads down since we are starting off with minus points if we get into trouble.

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Im over it. Mum was mortified tho.

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The media portrays schizophrenics as violent psychopaths and people take that as truth. In some cases it is true, but in most it’s not. People don’t know that though. All they know is what they see on tv, in movies, and in the news.


That’s why maybe disclosure is good on a case-by case basis; people who know you really well might be more apt to not believe you’re a raging psycho since they’ve known how you act and how you’ve been as a person for a while.

…I wonder if “normies” think we’ve got like a switch or something: OFF and RAGING LUNATIC :upside_down_face:


i guess that’s one way to think about it. if someone commits a crime, there is no outpouring of support… they are shunned or it’s taboo. so, if someone becomes schizo they just suddenly become a criminal too ( in the eyes of others, even if they haven’t committed a crime, ii guess) it’s the same taboo and such.

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  1. lack of knowledge or information.

Ignorance is the cause


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