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How might individuals best overcome the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment?

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1. How might individual's best overcome the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment?

Specifically, stigma is when others attempt to label a particular group of people like people with mental illness as less worthy of respect than others. It is a "mark of shame, disgrace or disapproval that results in discrimination," and it is "not just a matter of using the wrong word or action - it's about disrespect" (http://mentalhealth.ohio.gov/what-we-do/promote/mental-health-promotion-and-prevention/stigma.shtml).

Individual's can learn about their illness and about stigmas associated with mental illness, accept that mental illness is like any other illness and learn coping strategies, such as ignoring the reactions of others, becoming an advocate for an organization associated with their illness, and having a good support system, including a mental health professional. However, it is the responsibility of professionals ...

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