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THEME SECTION: STIGMA IN PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS: SYMPOSIUM
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 120-127

Menace of stigma in psychiatry


1 Department of Psychiatry, PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Sujata Sethi
122/8, Shivaji Colony, Rohtak - 124 001, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9962.181090

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Despite major breakthroughs and advances in our knowledge about various psychiatric disorders, stigma toward psychiatry continues to prevail. The stigmatization of people with mental illnesses has been recognized by international agencies such as the World Health Organization and the World Psychiatric Association as an important public health and human rights problem. Individuals with mental illness are devalued and are treated unfairly by others because of their mental health condition. It is not only the general public that views psychiatry and psychiatrists negatively, but medical students, health professionals other than psychiatrists, families of patients and media also have similar views. These negative attitudes not only lead to delay in seeking professional help for the patients but also discriminate against patients and their families, and hinder in the deserved placement of patients in the society. All these further adversely affect the outcome of psychiatric disorders. This symposium addresses these issues as well as measures to combat and prevent stigmatization of patients with psychiatric disorders.


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