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Stigmas
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An_250572 posted:
I have been diagnosed with depression and have recently been prescribed medication. I'm getting there. However, a co-worker of mine found out that I was receiving treatment for a "mental condition" and he confronted me in front of others asking if I "was so crazy that I could get distressed and harm someone?" It was so embarrassing and extremely hurtful. Fortunately, I'm leaving the company soon. I was just curious how everyone deals with mental health stigmas?

-Elisabeth
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Ajaradom responded:
Hi Elisabeth,

Yes, unfortunately, mental health stigmas are with us. Here are some tools I use: I'm very selective as to whom I will share/tell that I have clinical depression. For example, I've told no one at work and do not plan to in the future.

I've recently found an organization/web site that might help you. It's BringChange2Mind --- I encourage you to visit the site. The focus is all about dealing with stigmas, and ways to educate others to erase the stigmas. I hope you will find it helpful!

Shalom,

Lori


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