How Mental Health Affects Families

 

 

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Dealing with the changes and unpredictable behavior of a loved with a mental health disorder can be stressful and may leave family members feeling stressed and anxious. Seeing and dealing with the symptoms and effects of the disorder on someone we care for is a frightening and exhausting experience and could leave us at a loss on how to handle the situation.

“It is easy for family members to feel guilt or blame themselves for their relative’s decline in mental health. For a long time, parents and other family members were the focus of blame for the occurrence of psychological problems.” Dr. Niall Campbell said, who happens to be a Consultant Psychiatrist.

The lifestyle changes and adjustments needed to ensure good mental health are changes that need to be made not only by the person diagnosed with the disorder, but the need to adjust extends to those around them as well. Family life can become unsettled, unpredictable and challenging but the key to finding balance starts with understanding and acceptance.

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Mental Health Disorders And Discrimination

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Mental health stigmas give rise to discrimination. Discrimination results in the unfair treatment of people with mental health disorders. It can take on many forms and these include:

  • Direct discrimination
  • Discriminating against disability
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Harassment and Victimization

“People with mental illness know that if they come out of the closet, if they’re seen with a doctor, the public will discriminate against them.” Patrick W. Corrigan, PsyD said in an interview.

Regardless of the form the discrimination takes, the result and impact are the same. They deny people access to services, employment, housing and mental health treatment due to social and cultural stigmas. In some instances, this discrimination takes on the form of harassment, violence, and victimization. As a result, people are often denied their basic human rights.

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