My Guest Post for Lucky Otter: Why Does Mental Illness Stigma Exist?


To all of my readers,

This is an article I was given the chance to write for Lucky Otter! She was gracious enough to allow me to write this and publish it on her blog. Go check it out and if you’re not already following her do that too!

Much love,

Matt

Lucky Otters Haven

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Matthew Malin, owner and creator of the blog  Confessions, has written a wonderful guest post describing the history of mental illness stigma, going all the way back to Roman times.    Not only is the subject matter fascinating, but the unique historical perspective shows how the stigma is rooted in two things that seem almost diametrically opposed: mental illness as a medical problem centered in the body; and ancient superstitions, such as demonic possession.   Even today, there are those who regard mental illness as either a primarily medical problem (leading to doctors over-relying on drug therapy) or a spiritual problem. While there may be both medical and spiritual elements involved in mental illness,  both views have led to stigmatization.

If you have a chance, please visit the Confessions blog.   Matthew’s articles are all about living with depression and anxiety, all written from an intimate…

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