What Is Stigma?
According to Otto Wahl PhD - Stigma is a mark or a label imposed by others that leads to devaluation and discrimination.
Which leads those dealing with mental illness believing they are crazy, weak, dangerous, unloved, different and broken.
What happens next?
Those struggling with Depression, Anxiety, an Eating Disorder and any other Mental Disorder begin to feel alone, abandoned, ignored, rejected, invisible, unwanted and feeling like they don't matter.
What can this lead to?
Someone not getting the proper help they deserve.
Also people with major depression are more likely to become victims of assault and rape. Stigma has a part to do with this.
It can lead to suicide.