Stigma Still Surrounds People with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorders

People who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse problems are still viewed in a negative light by many, despite a greater understanding of the neurobiological causes of these disorders. A study by researchers from Indiana University and Columbia University found that prejudice and discrimination against those with mental health problems, including addiction, have remained…

Nurses Reporting On-the-Job Assault from Patients

Because many states are cutting their spending on mental health care services, Americans are increasingly losing resources to treat their substance abuse and psychological conditions. Without specialized care, many cases of alcoholism, drug abuse, and psychiatric crises go untreated and worsen, and eventually land these individuals in the emergency room. In recent studies, the Substance…

Stigma Prevents those with Mental Illnesses from Overcoming their Disorders, Especially Adolescents

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading barrier that prevents individuals suffering from a mental illness to seek treatment is stigmatization. Admitting to having a mental illness can generate many negative feelings for an adult, such as a sense of failure, shame, guilt, or weakness. Feeling judged or ostracized…