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Mental Illness: Why mental health may have a stigma

At least 20% of all Americans are diagnosed with some form of mental illness. At least 15% of all adults use some form of mental health services each year in this country. While most ambulatory care clinics focus on physical ailments, we cannot ignore that many of our patients also likely have a mental health issue, too.

Post your thoughts on why mental health may have a stigma. What are some factors that may prevent people with mental health illnesses from seeking appropriate medical care? What responsibilities do health care providers have in serving people with mental illnesses?

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Mental health issues have a stigma because they are not very well understood and there is not a lot of education out there to educate the public about different mental illnesses. The public is taught that those with mental illnesses are a minority and that they need to be ...

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At least 20% of all Americans are diagnosed with some form of mental illness. At least 15% of all adults use some form of mental health services each year in this country. While most ambulatory care clinics focus on physical ailments, we cannot ignore that many of our patients also likely have a mental health issue, too.

Post your thoughts on why mental health may have a stigma. What are some factors that may prevent people with mental health illnesses from seeking appropriate medical care? What responsibilities do health care providers have in serving people with mental illnesses?

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