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How to argue against mental illness stigma?

How to argue against mental illness stigma? Topic: Mental case support
June 21, 2019 / By Royale
Question: My friend is a 19 year old college student and has depression and won't get help. She wants her parents to support her but they don't believe in mental illnesses and tell her to just keep faith and suck it up because everyone gets sad every once in awhile. I have depression as well but I've never had to fight this battle with my parents before. What suggestions can I give my friend on what to tell her family?
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Morgen Morgen | 4 days ago
Crikey what a shame to have parents who don't believe in mental illnesses. This is a tough one really because they'll just keep telling her to pull her socks up and get on with it. Hard to know if this is mental health stigma or just refusal to admit there is anything wrong with their daughter. That may be related to feelings of we can't have failed as parents so we'll pretend it's all fine until it goes away again. In some cases it's related to a family history of mental illnesses that everyone swept under the carpet for years. The best thing right now is for your friend to print off a few small snippets from the internet on depression at least 1 of which should actually say "don't tell them to pull up their socks and get on with it because if they could, they jolly well would" She can try leaving them lying around in the hope someone reads them or if she feels that's not working ask them specifically to read them. It''s also good to find one that says "this illness is considered fatal since 10% of them will attempt suicide and 10% of them will succeed" as that's a vital statistic for them to take on board. Plus one that says 1 in 10 people will be suffering from a mental illness right now and 1 in 4 of them will be mentally ill at some stage of their lives. These are hard facts and difficult to ignore with many many research ;projects and trials based on them. If all that fails then the best option is to get them to accompany her to the doctor where the doc is lined up ready to explain this to the parents. Sometimes they find it easier to accept it if a health professional lays it on the line. Just be there for her and support her as best as you can to make up for these parents who refuse to acknowledge the truth. You are a good friend for her to have, well done for being there for her.
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Morgen Originally Answered: How to argue against mental illness stigma?
Crikey what a shame to have parents who don't believe in mental illnesses. This is a tough one really because they'll just keep telling her to pull her socks up and get on with it. Hard to know if this is mental health stigma or just refusal to admit there is anything wrong with their daughter. That may be related to feelings of we can't have failed as parents so we'll pretend it's all fine until it goes away again. In some cases it's related to a family history of mental illnesses that everyone swept under the carpet for years. The best thing right now is for your friend to print off a few small snippets from the internet on depression at least 1 of which should actually say "don't tell them to pull up their socks and get on with it because if they could, they jolly well would" She can try leaving them lying around in the hope someone reads them or if she feels that's not working ask them specifically to read them. It''s also good to find one that says "this illness is considered fatal since 10% of them will attempt suicide and 10% of them will succeed" as that's a vital statistic for them to take on board. Plus one that says 1 in 10 people will be suffering from a mental illness right now and 1 in 4 of them will be mentally ill at some stage of their lives. These are hard facts and difficult to ignore with many many research ;projects and trials based on them. If all that fails then the best option is to get them to accompany her to the doctor where the doc is lined up ready to explain this to the parents. Sometimes they find it easier to accept it if a health professional lays it on the line. Just be there for her and support her as best as you can to make up for these parents who refuse to acknowledge the truth. You are a good friend for her to have, well done for being there for her.

Keelin Keelin
Her parents are slightly correct in saying that everyone gets depressed once in a while. Who diagnosed your friend with depression? Something may have happened to her that made her depressed. If it continues for over a month than i suggest you get help. Also, it sounds like you two are old enough to get help on your own. If she is in college than her college most likely has psychiatrist/psychological services that can help her (and it may be and most likely is free). She does not need the permission of her parents to get help. Offer to go with her to an appointment with her colleges psychological services department. If you want to bring her parents into it, perhaps talk try talking to her parents directly and explain the situation and say mention your personal situation as evidence that she needs help.
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Hedley Hedley
hi...i could go on and on about this....and, i usually do. i have bipolar illness, and it SUCKS so badly. had it since 15, on BOTH sides of the family. my brother is no longer here...ive tried that a few times, just end up in the hospital on life support,,,,and, 2 years ago...on dialysis for failed kidneys. so, I DO know what you and your friend are going through. the stigma is getting better...seems like EVERYBODY has a relative, brother or sister, parent (s) or friend with some kind of diagnosed mental illness. if i were your friend, i would give her parents all the information on the subject as i could find. NAMI is a great organization., find them on the web, they are just in denial...they want to believe that THEY are perfect, and have no flaws.they may know of family members,,,,even distant,,,that suffer from bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, schitzophrenia, or other mental disorders...her parents know what they went through, and the family,they may know of a suicide in your family tree..they may a lot more that they are telling their precious daughter,..your friend, if this doesnt help,,,i would move out...and live with roommates, thats it! i hope this help you, and your friend. hang in there,,,,they will figure it out,,,someday....hopefully, soon, sheri
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Eliphelet Eliphelet
I could connect extra stigma to the habits than the sickness itself. If the sickness is treatable, and the individual is making an attempt to be dealt with, hence lowering the behavioral trouble, then I could recognize the individual for following by way of. If the habits affected me negatively, I'd connect a stigma to the habits, and if the individual used to be hateful to me, I 'd be tempted to stigmatize the sickness.
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Cherokee Cherokee
Show her all the advertisements that have been made about menatl health. The way its not your fault. Get her counselling and on meds and keep her company as isolation makes depression worse..
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Cherokee Originally Answered: Are Hillary's constant lies indicative of a mental illness? She's been caught three times in the last week.
I think so, just too many between her and Bill, they are Attorney, they should certainly know better... Admitted Lies: • Hillary was just worried sick !! Chelsea was jogging around the Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. (She was in bed watching it on TV.) • Hillary was named after Sir Edmund Hillary. (She admitted she was wrong. He climbed Mt. Everest five years after her birth.) • her last famous lie....She was under sniper fire in Bosnia. (A girl presented her with flowers at the foot of the ramp.) Bill says: "In law school, Hillary worked on legal services for the poor." The facts are: Hillary's main extra-curricular activity in law school was helping the Black Panthers, on trial in Connecticut for torturing and killing a Federal agent. She went to court every day as part of a law student monitoring committee trying to spot civil rights violations and develop grounds for appeal. Bill says: "Hillary spent a year after graduation working on a children's rights project for poor kids." The facts are: Hillary interned with Bob Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party. She met Bob when he represented the Panthers and traveled all the way to San Francisco to take an internship with him. Bill says: "Hillary could have written her own job ticket, but she turned down all the lucrative job offers." The facts are: She flunked the D.C. bar exam. Yes, FLUNKED. It is a matter of record, and she only barely passed the Arkansas bar. She had no job offers in Arkansas, NONE; and only got hired by the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville because Bill was already teaching there. She did not join the prestigious Rose Law Firm until Bill became Arkansas Attorney General and was made a partner only after he was elected Arkansas Governor. Bill says: "President Carter appointed Hillary to the Legal Services Board of Directors and she became its chairman." The facts are: The appointment was in exchange for Bill's support for Carter in his 1980 primary against Ted Kennedy. Hillary then became chairman in a coup in which she won a majority away from Carter's choice to be chairman. Bill says: "She served on the board of the Arkansas Children's Hospital." The facts are: Yes, she did. But her main board activity, not mentioned by Bill, was to sit on the Wal-Mart board of directors, for a substantial fee. She was silent about their labor and health care practices. Bill says: "Hillary didn't succeed at getting health care for all Americans in 1994, but she kept working at it and helped to create the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provides five million children with health insurance." The facts are: Hillary had nothing to do with creating CHIP. It was included in the budget deal between Clinton and Republican Majority Leader Senator Trent Lott. The money came half from the budget deal and half from the Attorney Generals' tobacco settlement. Hillary had nothing to do with either source of funds. Bill says: "Hillary was the face of America all over the world." The facts are: Her visits were part of a program to get her out of town so that Bill would not appear weak by feeding stories that Hillary was running The White House. Her visits abroad were entirely touristic and symbolic, and there was no substantive diplomacy on any of them. Bill says: "Hillary was an excellent Senator who kept fighting for children's and women's issues." The facts are: Other than totally meaningless legislation like changing the names on courthouses and post offices, she has helped to pass only four substantive pieces of legislation. One set up a national park in Puerto Rico. A second provided respite care for family members helping their relatives through Alzheimer's or other conditions. And two were routine bills to aid 911 victims and responders which were sponsored by the entire NY delegation. Presently, she is trying to have the U.S. memorialize the Woodstock fiasco of 40 years ago. I demand clarity, truth, and full disclosure from any individual wanting to be the President of the USA!!! I expect more from an individual who has painted themselves as the best America has to offer for leadership.

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