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Stigma related to mental health

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This article discusses the stigma related to mental health and how it affects the patients. It also highlights the role of nurses in treating mental health disorders.

Stigma related to mental health

Write an Op-Ed addressing an issue related to the dignity of the human person and the realization of the common good in your professional practice.

   Added on 2022-11-19

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STIGMA RELATED TO MENTAL HEALTH1
Mental health is an important issue, which is neglected globally, and this neglect has
resulted in depression and unhappiness among every age groups. There is no such diagnostic
process for the mental disorder and often goes undetected. There is a lack of awareness in the
field of mental health to make a person approach a particular health specialist. To many
people depression or any other disorder is a form of stigma and they feel ashamed to address
it due to lack of knowledge (Thornicroft et al ., 2016). Exclusion and discrimination are
related to mental health adding to the difficulty of the patients to recover.
It seems to me that there is lack of availability of treatments for mentally affected
patients. It is often seen that people seeking help is ridiculed and not understood, this leads
them to confusion and anxiety. It is reported that one in ten persons is affected by mental
disorder seriously. In normal person also anxiety and depression occurs which needs
expertise care (Schomerus et al ., 2016). The negative effect of people and their lack of
distinguishing the illness is the reason behind the stigma and social awkwardness. The self-
esteem and personality is hurt of the patient more when the person is ridiculed by others.
I think it is important to understand the mental issue first to address it and then go for
treatment; this can be done only by expertise of health professionals like psychologists.
Nurses are also important part because they understand the nature of the disease and thus our
intervention can give the appropriate care to the patient. As nurses we can give support to the
psychologists for their interventions in treating the patient (Clement et al ., 2015). Many
suffering from severe mental illness which results in decrease in function of physiological
organs like eating disorder or weak appetite. In these cases, nurses will be able to initiate
appropriate care and help in medications. Nurses have the knowledge to handle such patients
and make them understand about the medications for the cure.
In my opinion the nurses can work with the full team and make a significant changes
in the progress of the patients health. There is no such specific treatment for mental health
Stigma related to mental health_2

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