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People with depression are less stigmatized

According to a recent study, depressed people are being rejected less and less in the United States. At the same time, researchers note an increase in stigma towards people with schizophrenia and alcohol dependence.

Rejection complicates management

The stigma of people with some form of depression has dropped dramatically“, congratulate researchers at Indiana University.

A specificity because “Levels of stigma for other mental illnesses have remained stagnant.”

The stigma results in many problems, including the reluctance of people to seek treatment, the shortage of professionals of mental health and the unwillingness of the United States toinvest resources in the mental health sector“says Bernice Pescosolido, co-author of the study and professor emeritus of sociology at IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences.

Depression better understood and better accepted

To measure the rate of mental illness stigma in the United States, researchers analyzed responses from more than 4,100 adults, collected duringnational surveys on the stigma achieved between 1996 and 2018.

Between 1996 and 2006, Americans said to themselves “more and more convinced that mental health problems are due to genetic or to brain disturbances.

However, people with mental illness are still rejected. The evolution is noticeable between 2006 and 2018, where “less Americans […] expressed a refusal to interact with people described as having major depression“.

Inform from an early age

Encouraging to see more progressive attitudes towards mental illness among millennials“remarks Brea Perry, co-author of the study and professor of sociology at the IU. growing stigma of schizophrenia and alcohol dependence.

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Researchers recommend introducing notions from school for improve knowledge on mental illnesses and therefore limit stigma in the future.

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