Mental Illnesses

By: Tricia O. & Elisha B.


Even Though You May Have A Mental Illness, You Shouldn't Be Looked At Differently


No one is really happy when they find out they have a mental illness. The first thing that would be running through my mind would be my image. People shouldn't be looked at differently because they are different, look different, or feel different.


All three articles relate to the thesis because people are embarrassed of their mental illness, they may not have many friends, and the public doesn't understand how a mental illness works, they take the team mental illness as a joke, when it should really be taken seriously.


  • Name: A Wide Spread Stigma
  • From: Kellogg School Of Management At Northwestern University
  • Author's Name: Nicolas Rusch, Andrew Todd, Galen Bodenhausen, and Patrick Corrigan
  • This article states that people with mental illnesses are common in Western Societies and also talks about how people with mental illnesses are becoming more made fun of. The patients with the illnesses are also suffering with social rejection and discrimination , which makes their lifetime so much more difficult and complicated than ours.
  • Name: Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder) : Always Embarrassed
  • From: The National Institute Of Mental Health
  • This article states that people with mental illnesses are becoming more embarrassed with their illness, so they're are starting to avoid it which is using it to get worse. The patient with the mental illness is now not only worrying about the mental illness he/she has, but their social phobia as well. People with social phobia are afraid of doing common things in front of people, and for a person with a mental illness, thats going to be extremely hard.
  • Name: IU Study: 'backbone' Of Mental Illness Stigma Common In 16 Countries Studied
  • From: Gale Document
  • Author: Mental Health Weekly Digest
  • This article is talking about how the public isn't correctly understanding the position that people with mental illnesses are in. They're aren't taking the illnesses as seriously as they should. There were 19,508 study participants about customized vignettes and they portrayed someone suffering either from depression, schizophrenia, or asthma.

People Who Disagree

Finding A Cure

1. A person might disagree with a someone who has a mental illness because they might say," Well why don't you just get rid of your illness, find the cure already.

  • What I would say to that would be, that it is a lot harder to find a cure for a person when they're being forced. And even though technology has increased, lots of tests and studies have to be made.


2. A person who disagrees would most likely say that they know about mental illnesses and that there shouldn't be a strain in society for them. They could argue that the stigmatism is on an incline because people are looking at the mental illnesses as an excuse or a claim. Sometimes the claims of an excuse aren't always valid.

  • What I would say to this would be that even though we may not be highly educated or publicized on mental illnesses, is that we should still have the same respect for them as we would with anything else.


3. A person could disagree because they could say that a person with a mental illness is treated more lenient and given more privileges when being compared to a person who is treated like any normal, average person.

  • What I would say to this would be that yes, they do have more privileges and that yes they are treated differently, but that is only because they need the extra help and support, to help themselves get better.