If someone knows you have a mental illness you’re screwed.
Stigma says fear mental illness: think mental illness think shootings, homeless addicts, vandalism, physical and sexual abuse, weak character, low intelligence, and lack of integrity.
Stigma says mental illness is shameful. If you have a mental illness you don’t look or act abnormal.
Stigma says mental illness isn’t real: You’re a fake. If you were really depressed, you wouldn’t be happy and joking around and then suddenly, you’re down and don’t show up at school.
Stigma says mental illness is over-diagnosed: it’s the latest fad, a hot label. And our culture thinks everything needs a label.
Stigma says you have no reason to be depressed: everybody has challenges. They deal with theirs and you can too. You’ll feel better about yourself, looking at the positive instead of feeling sorry for yourself.
Stigma says you’re just looking for attention: stop being a drama queen/king. It makes everyone feel awkward and they get tired of walking on eggshells around you.
Stigma says mental illness means “loser”: you can’t succeed with a label of mental illness: people will see you as weak or flawed, unable to perform or undesirable to have around. You will miss opportunities and lose out in your future.
Stigma says mental illness is due to weakness in character: you are lazy, unmotivated, disrespectful, don’t do your part, and have really bad parents. Or you might have really good parents, says stigma, but you are really bad because they’ve tried everything and nothing works to change your behavior.
Stigma says mental illness is an excuse for not measuring up: You think you’re entitled to the easy way because you’re convinced you can’t do it like everyone else.
Stigma says it’s not fair for you to have accommodations: because you don’t have to make the effort everyone else does to achieve good grades.
Stigma says medication for mental illness is a trap. It’s not healthy or (morally) right for people to put medication into their bodies. People depend on medication to deal with their problems instead of taking responsibility for them.
Stigma says medication for mental illness is a crutch: putting something unnatural into your body, will affect your growth, will damage your brain.
Stigma says everyone I know who takes medication is out of it: they’re unable to function, lose their personality, lose their creativity, they get fat, get addicted, become violent and/or overdose.
Stigma says people who take medication limit opportunities: because they won’t be accepted by a top-tier school, get that scholarship or land that job they’ve wanted to do since they were a kid (i.e. becoming a pilot, joining the military).
Stigma says counseling: is bad for kids. It excuses their destructive behavior and undermines parents.
Stigma says counselors push “happy” pills: which places kids at risk of becoming addicts, dependent on drugs, and gives them the belief they need medication when they just need to change their attitude/outlook.
Stigma says get up and do something: no wonder you feel bad when you do nothing but stay in your room in the dark listening to music and sleep.
Stigma says you should be embarrassed by mental illness: do you want people to think you’re a loser? Have some pride, do you want people to pity you? Pull yourself up and get over it.
Stigma says a friend with mental illness is a bad influence: he/she brings you down, gives you a negative view of the world and robs your time and energy by his/her neediness. Others will identify you as depressed.
Stigma says don’t tell your friends you have a mental illness: kids talk and then everyone finds out and thinks you’re a freak. That only makes you more depressed because all you want is to feel normal.
Stigma says mental illness as a way to get attention is contagious: Before you know it everyone is seeing a counselor, everyone is on medication.