n South African Psychiatry Review - Stigma - the mark of shame

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1811-7805



Extracted from text ... South African Psychiatry Review ? May 2006 118 Educate your friends and family about your problem - ignorance may be bliss, but it's often hurtful... In ancient times the word stigma was defined as 'A mark burned into the skin of a criminal or slave; a brand.' This inhumane treatment was metered out to criminals and anyone felt to be a threat to society. Have we really come so far today? Just mention depression or worse Bipolar to most employers, family or friends and the reaction's generally a negative one. Here are some comments received from callers to the ..

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