Mental Health Stigmas Common


Stigma and Mental Illness

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Common Mental Health Stigmas

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Mental illness, stigma & discrimination Wulf Rössler

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Imagine There Was No Stigma to Mental Illness | Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman | TEDxCharlottesville

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Negative Stereotypes & STIGMA in Mental Health | Kati Morton

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Mental Health Stigmas Explained

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The Stigma of Mental Illness | Sam Cohen | [email protected]

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Stigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that’s thought to be, or actually is, a disadvantage (a negative stereotype). Unfortunately, negative attitudes and beliefs toward people who have a mental health condition are common. Stigma. A common stigma associated with mental illness is that you must be dangerous to have a mental illness. For some reason, it’s widely seen that if you have a mental illness, you somehow are more dangerous.

You are seen as not being able to control your thoughts and actions, and that you could suddenly lash out or hurt yourself. Mental health stigma can be divided into two distinct types: social stigma is characterized by prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behaviour directed towards individuals with mental health. The most common mental health disorders included major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Are people with mental health problems dangerous?

Some people think there is an automatic link between mental health problems and being a danger to others. This is an idea that is reinforced by sensationalised stories in the media. However, the most common mental health problems have no significant link to violent behaviour. 1. Myth: Mental illness can only affect ‘other people’.

Fact: Mental illnesses never discriminate on the basis of caste, creed, age, gender or race; it can be you, me, your close ones and even mental health care professionals – anyone can have mental health related problems. As already discussed earlier, mental illnesses are more common. Another reason that a stigma surrounding mental health persists is the corresponding health problems that often accompany certain conditions. People don’t want to have mental health issues, Dr. McLaughlin says, making it more likely they avoid it or slip into denial.

Label avoidance is one of the most harmful forms of stigma. Stigma by Association. Stigma by association occurs when the effects of stigma are extended to someone linked to a person with mental health difficulties.This type of stigma is also known as courtesy stigma and associative stigma.

Structural Stigma. The most common stereotypes that still exist about people with mental illnesses are that they are dangerous, violent, weak, or incompetent. People also commonly believe that mental illness cannot be overcome, or that it is caused by a character flaw, or poor upbringing. These common, but false beliefs provide fuel. People with mental health problems say that the social stigma attached to mental ill health and the discrimination they experience can make their difficulties worse and make it harder to recover.

Mental health problems are common. They affect thousands of people in the UK, and their friends, families, work colleagues and.

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Understanding the prevalence of common mental health disorders is difficult largely because of the cultural stigma associated with being diagnosed with a mental health problem, difficulties people may have in seeking treatment, and differences in assessing the severity of a disorder.

“Foundations of Physical Activity and Public Health” by Harold W. Kohl, Tinker D. Murray
from Foundations of Physical Activity and Public Health
by Harold W. Kohl, Tinker D. Murray
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2012

Perhaps because of our medical training, we start with the common-sense notion that treatment implies illness, and psychotherapies treat forms of illness known as mental illnesses.

“Persuasion and Healing: A Comparative Study of Psychotherapy” by Jerome D. Frank, Julia B. Frank
from Persuasion and Healing: A Comparative Study of Psychotherapy
by Jerome D. Frank, Julia B. Frank
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993

For example in Japan, Tabushi et al. (2012) identified an association between perceived geographically-based discrimination and mental health, such as depressive symptoms and diagnosis of mental illness.

“Handbook of Environmental Psychology and Quality of Life Research” by Ghozlane Fleury-Bahi, Enric Pol, Oscar Navarro
from Handbook of Environmental Psychology and Quality of Life Research
by Ghozlane Fleury-Bahi, Enric Pol, Oscar Navarro
Springer International Publishing, 2016

Moreover, people with mental disorders tend to have higher costs both because they use mental health services and because they carry higher health care costs (Frank and McGuire 2000; and Ellis and McGuire 2007).

“The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics” by Sherry Glied, Peter C. Smith
from The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics
by Sherry Glied, Peter C. Smith
OUP Oxford, 2011

When we talk about “parity” for mental illnesses, we should think not only about insurance coverage but also about how our society approaches these common disorders.

“Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to DSM-5®” by American Psychiatric Association
from Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to DSM-5®
by American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Publishing, 2015

Lifetime prevalence of mental illness in chronically physically ill patients is more than 40 percent, particularly substance abuse and mood and anxiety disorders.

“Kaplan & Sadock's Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry” by Benjamin J. Sadock, Virginia A. Sadock
from Kaplan & Sadock’s Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry
by Benjamin J. Sadock, Virginia A. Sadock
Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008

Although mental illness is an important public health problem in itself, many mental health problems may be associated with chronic medical diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity (Shim et al., 2013; CDC, 2012; Freeman, 2007).

“Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability” by Stephanie Y. Evans, Kanika Bell, Nsenga K. Burton
from Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability
by Stephanie Y. Evans, Kanika Bell, Nsenga K. Burton
State University of New York Press, 2017

In response to this proliferation of diagnostic categories and the medicalization of everyday suffering Horwitz (2002) argues that only symptoms that reflect psychological dysfunctions, considered to be universally inappropriate, should warrant being labelled as true mental diseases.

“A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness” by Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim
from A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
by Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim
McGraw-Hill Education, 2014

There are two extreme and opposing positions regarding psychiatric disease: that psychopathology, both social and individual, is everywhere and that therapeutic intervention may be useful for all human conditions; that mental illness is a myth, and therefore lies out of the purview of medicine.

“The Social Science Encyclopedia” by Fellow of the British Academy Adam Kuper, ed Kuper, Adam Kuper, Jessica Kuper
from The Social Science Encyclopedia
by Fellow of the British Academy Adam Kuper, ed Kuper, et. al.
Routledge, 1996

Because of the psychiatric setting of the Montreal CCS, issues of clarification of psychiatric diagnosis are more common there but also occur occasionally in the Geneva TCS.

“Cultural Consultation: Encountering the Other in Mental Health Care” by Laurence J. Kirmayer, Jaswant Guzder, Cécile Rousseau
from Cultural Consultation: Encountering the Other in Mental Health Care
by Laurence J. Kirmayer, Jaswant Guzder, Cécile Rousseau
Springer New York, 2013

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  • To learn about the use of electroshock/ECT see videos under youtube heading of ectjustice and that will pull up several from testing following ECT to medical malpractice claims we are working to bring in addition to product liability suit. This is used for a variety of mental health issues and involves 5 billion annually in US alone. Contact the DK law group in CA if you have had ECT. Once you have learned the truth of this procedure I hope you will speak out on public social media so others are also aware. Given Covid many will be offered this to deal with mental health issues and need the truth. Often used and promoted in suicidal patients, but there is an actual an increase in suicide following.

  • I would have definitely not made it through that speech!(nerves) groups of people that don’t understand mental health issues and exploit it is the biggest form of bullying there is.

  • Wonderful video. Illness is not what we want to choose to have. It is a ghost which lives with us. Imagine that we have children born with a ghost living inside them, would you isolate or speak ill of them?

  • kati I have been watching you for mouths now. you have said so many thing that is making me get better. but I have one thing  that has beenon my mind. is it okay that you are so afraid to tell your family or friends that you need to tell them that you have had depression or anything elsa but went you go to tell them you run away. I think that its because my brain loves having depression. PLEASE HELP

  • That smiling thing around 1:30 is actually helping me a lot. I find myself frowning in yoga, and smiling helps me relax? I’ve never found it helpful to just smile all the time tho

  • Sam, doing this talk, explaining mental health, and sharing your story shows your courage. I hope you and your loved ones are happy & healthy. Same goes to anyone reading this. <3

  • This is how i can get, if i have not had human contact in a while.
    when a cop told me i am crumbling at my doorstep, i guess it is cause i really don’t know where to start.
    But I am trying to explain the obvious, and the past at the same time. not lying at all because proof on facebook.
    I started recording payday 2.

  • “…she stayed 45 minutes after her shift just to talk to me”
    Aaaaaaand I’m in tears. Someone’s cutting onions in here. Stop that.

  • I’m right there with you. I’m a mental health consumer & worked in the field. Sad to say..most working in the residential facilities have no real clue about mental illness. I attempt to advocate for individuals with mental illness. My own family hasn’t even become educated about it. I had to move to another State to be where people accepted me for who I was and loved me. Thanks for helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

  • The stigma is that psychiatry is a nursery while they wean all these criminals. They aren’t here to help you after you decided to well you know.

  • listening to this makes me nervous. Anxiety and depression is a way of your subconscious telling you to fix something. you have to write down what you are thinking and feeling when depressed. This helped me deal with my anxiety and depression.

  • Mental illness is very serious and hard for somebody that isn’t mentally ill to understand how bad it hurts it’s a constant battle in your brain you’re fighting yourself all the time I suffer from depression anxiety PTSD bipolar borderline personality disorder trichotillomania OCD and intermittent explosive disorder I am 29 and have been in therapy for 26 years of my life and still to this day it hurts inside it hurts to be me I see everybody else and I want to be better and when you’re the person standing in the way of what you want constantly it’s just a never-ending battle

  • Hi Katie and viewers, hope you had a nice Easter break. I am nearly 34 and since I was 22 I have had to put up with being stereotyped as being gay (not that there is anything wrong with someone being gay).

    But as a heterosexual it has scarred my mind, made me feel depressed, suicidal and lost in being a stereotype. I had CBT recently and the most important thing is that as long as I know who I am no matter what, it should give me strength to overcome that stereotype.

    I did think to myself do I have to conform to this stereotype to satisfy society, it really made me lost with my own identity and self esteem. I hope this makes sense and hope that people who view this video are able to the strength to overcome a stigma or stereotype too.

    And I want to say thanks Katie for creating a platform where we can reach out to others. Your channel makes a difference to my life and helps me get through my depression and I am so thankful

  • I had an absent parent who was wrongly diagnosed with mental illness when I suspect strongly that he had a spiritual problem as he had been involved in the occult. The statistics on this illness with which he was wrongly diagnosed was that 87% of their children do not inherit the illness. However the world is full of people who do not believe in doing research or looking at statistics and I suspect that such strange people have been libelling me and trolling in my name to try and stigmatise me even though I have a 40 year record starting from school of hard work, normal functioning and exemplary conduct. There is definitely STIGMA around this subject and I also have a suspicion that those who have been stigmatising me will end up suffering the very same “mental illness” that they have been falsely accusing me of having.

  • All mental health problems are caused by severe calcium deficiency. This begins in the womb or in infancy. The human body can assimilate calcium only from fresh, natural, uncooked foods especially leafy greens and grasses, wheatgrass. Artificial supplements do not work. The best way to get the calcium from greens is through green smoothies.

    Brain chemical imbalances have never been proved.

    One of the reasons why mental health problems generally develop or manifest in late adolescence is because of the body’s need for tremendous amounts of calcium due to the sudden spurt in physical growth.

    Calcium is needed for proper neurotransmitter function.

    It is also important to minimise chronic cellular inflammation by avoiding white sugar, refined carbs and oils and fats that increase cellular inflammation.

    Cellular inflammation prevents the absorption of nutrients vitamins and minerals.

  • Hi Kati! I completely agree that we need more awareness and support! Just a quick thought. You said that those who don’t seek help are the weak ones, and I don’t think that’s fair. There are so many things they stop people from getting help. I’m not sure if that’s what you meant to say, I just thought I needed to address it. Love you and your videos!

  • Torture of the mentally sick is still going on in state of Virginia hospitals. Doctors use torture on me. They have me at phill to make me smell like wet dog scent would not let me take showers while they have me the pill.

  • These are all painfully common misconceptions I’ve bumped into during my own journey. I appreciate your honesty about such situations, because so many would rather ignore and turn a blind eye. However, things won’t get better unless we have a CONVERSATION. Keep it up:)

  • Kati, how are people that haven’t gotten help yet weak? It’s tough struggling with something like depression alone. I can’t get help, not because of a choice I’ve made but by outside circumstances and that comment just makes it a lot harder because I was starting to feel like I was worth something.

  • I’ve realized that not all doctors are compassionate. When Dr. Lieberman said that what Lori remembered was his compassion for her I felt that. As someone with bipolar i overanalyze people’s tone of speech when they talk to me and sometimes I get hurt when my doctor is not so nice to me. It may not be easy to understand or be nice to a mentally ill person acting erratically even if you are a psychiatrist. So I have nothing but respect for doctors who are kind and compassionate to mentally ill people

  • I’m listening to the mother who was told her daughter is spoiled crying for the lost 16 years, the suffering of many could have been alleviated with early treatment.

  • Hi there. For a school project, I am creating a video geared toward reducing the stigma surrounding mental health. Can I use this video as part of my video?

  • #KatiFAQ  Hi Kati, I was just diagnosed with Bipolar Type 2 Disorder. I decided to tell a friend what was going but her response was anything but positive. She said “you don’t have bipolar, I have known you for so long, I would know if you had bipolar”. She went on to say that because we are such close friends  that if I have bipolar then she has it to.
     Having her say these make me  feel invalidated and not very supported by my best friend.
    I don’t know what to do?and how to explain to her what’s going on, and at the same time feel comfortable and convicted with my response.
    Please help:)
    By the way Love your videos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  • What if…
    What if the screen was showing the images he brought to the talk?
    His right hand was clicking, but we were left just imagining.

  • I remember this year I didn’t finish an already late project for English(my depression has been terrible), and knowing I’d have to see the teacher first thing in the morning, I tried to give myself a migraine so I could get to school later, and have a “reason” to not be there. I literally gave myself a panic attack, hit my head, strained my eyes, avoided water, so I could hopefully wake up the next morning with a debilitating migraine.

  • How can I help? I am a parent of a child with severe mental illness as well as a teacher. I am also working on a masters in mental health counselor. I pray it gets better. There are so many families hurting.

  • I hope someday people see the link between mental illness and diet (not only abuse and environment). Innocent people are put upon for the benefit of industry.

  • I’ve dealt with anxiety and panic attacks since I was a kid, recurrent depresive episodes since I was a teenager and finally some highs which is why I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, my sister also has it, it seems mental illness runs through my family.

  • There are 2 causes of mental illness: Alchemy and disruption of electromagnetic fields. The former is remedied by medication, since it’s chemical, even though it has a supernatural aspect. Less understood in the West is that psychic attacks (inherent to Hinduism) and Feng Shui disrupt the electrical circuits of the brain in such a way as cause mental illnessespecially depression.

  • I have an invisible disability that has its pros and cons. I don’t look disabled until I go to a college class and have to read a paper or the board and I have to hold the paper really close or stand right next to the board. People have said things to me like who are you? The modern Hellen Keller? This used to really hurt me and then I researched her. She did so much for Americans twitch disibilities an women. I’m happy to be called similar to her.

  • I love you Dr. Lieberman I wish there were more doctors like you in the world. More people with understanding, kindness and a love for people as you have.. I’m a hurting mother of a daughter with mental illness. I feel if she had a chance to meet with you that you could truly help her. The behavioral health system is broken.and people need LOVE not just medicine. God is the essence of Love.

  • Don’t you think everyone has depression but some really need help.
    Some people can get along while others like me can’t. I have had brain surgery and I have never been the same because they had to work on the area where behaviors live.

  • I totally agree with you! I have Social Anxiety, and when I told my closest friends and my parents about my problem, they’ll just say ‘Oh, it’s ok it’s normal for your age, everyone gets shy once in a while.’ Or ‘just face your fears’, that’s easy for them to say. And it’s really frustrating about how they could not understand me. Only my sister does cuz she has OCD, so we both help each other about our problems. Thanks Kati for posting this.:))

  • When I was in the ER getting checked into that hospital’s mental health unit I overheard nurses joking outside my room about how, “if they were really suicidal, they’d get it over with and not come to us”. It’s everywhere and comments like that, especially those, stay with you.

  • I have social anxiety and depression and listening to her, in a room by myself, was making an attack come on. that’s how bad it can be. no one is here and just hearing her have an attack come on made me anxious. it’s difficult and hardly anyone seems to understand. anytime someone hears the word mental, I’m sure their first thought is “crazy.” great speech and amazing motivation to push through her anxiety on stage.

  • My question would be where all these people that don’t have any mental illness? Show me any person on this planet that doesn’t have a trace of some kind of mental illness. Whether it’s OCD depression schizophrenia these things aren’t black and white issues. And medications blur the line even more.

  •   My wife and I wrote a book, Broken Minds Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You’re Losing It.
     We at Heartfelt Counseling Ministries are all about breaking stigma.

  • This is so important to say and the conversation needs to continue. I have written a book with 9 other incredible female entrepreneurs called Shattering The Stigma on this very subject. When more people share and talk about this, we can get rid if the stigma together. Thank you Sam Cohen for sharing your story and your voice.

  • Hey kati I have a quick question is it possible to make mistakes in therapy? My therapist who I just started seeing asked me questions along the lines of do I understand body language and social ques, in the moment I said yes but right after I left I realized this may not be true. How would I go about telling her I my have answered some of the intake questions wrong? #katifaq

  • Awesome until you said that people that don’t get help are weak. There are so many reasons some of us don’t reach out, or can’t reach out. Really hurtful comment, Kati.

  • Unfortunately,in many countries,if a person with mental disorders reveals that he/she has mental disorders,he or she will be removed from the job thinking that they might do harm to others..

  • I’m so happy you made this. I’m so sick of hearing ignorant comments from so many people. I want to spread awareness in my school, and I am writing my senior paper on this exact topic.

  • Here (Nigeria) they see people who suffer from a mental health issue as one who has bn tied down by voodoo or it’s a divine punishment for past and present sins.

  • Electroshock or better known as ECT being used for many conditions, and at leading facilities. No FDA testing of device associated or procedure to prove either safety or effectiveness. There is a current national product liability suit around the untested devices. California courts have proved brain injuries at a minimum from this. There are also medical malpractice firms interviewing as consent is fallible. Patients are showing damages on MRI, SPECT, EEG, VNG, neuro/cognitive testing etc. Used also on our children, Veterans, and women in pregnancy. This is purely electrical trauma, and this mechanism of trauma can evolve years out to include CTE, ALS, and ongoing cardiac issues as all systems impacted. There is a significant increase in suicide following this procedure. See ectjustice and Life After ECT. Please contact the DK law group in CA if you have had ECT and may be interested in potentially joining the current national product liability suit.

  • I want a truth and reconcilliation commision for canadian mental heath system and while you are at it YOU should knee cap the workers compesation system.

  • I was told by a complete stranger on my blog that I was a danger to myself and to the people I spoke about. I never have hurt a soul and never have made any threats. My blog was about my experience with mental illness in the workplace and some of the things my employer did to hurt me. I’ve endured a lot because of my mental illness but her saying she wasn’t afraid of her son going into work but was afraid because I was still out in society has been one of the biggest hurts of my life. It’s a typical response from someone who won’t validate your feelings and be understanding. It’s a cheap response when they know you are right and have the courage to call others out for the way they have treated you. I stopped fighting people like this. Life is too short.

  • Last year I was really struggling with my depression and some friends and I were talking about goals and stuff and I said I wanted to improve my mental health and this girl tells me my mental health is fine—problem #1, right, I said “I’m not sure how you know that”—ready for problem #2? She says “you’re not crazy”. Ohhh man. If that was supposed to be a compliment it could hardly have failed more profoundly.

  • I was just diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder, dependent personality, generalized anxiety, and minor depression. I’m also writing a paper on mental stigma.

  • Thank you soooo much for this video! I am a borderline with an eating disorder. When I was diagnosed my counselor told me I need to work with a specialist for treatment…and released me as a patient. Well…no one wanted to help me bc of the stigmas behind the condition. It hurt so much to be pushed away by professionals, and I almost gave up on myself. I felt unfixable and rejected. I mean, a therapist isn’t willing to help me, then something must be REALLY wrong with ME. You are amazing and I thank you for sticking up for those with mental illnesses! It gives us back hope that someone out there might be able to help <3

  • The church stigmatized the mentally ill. I rather be a new ager than go to church. I meditate and take medications for my bipolar. I thank my doctor for saving my life. Amen

  • Whilst I appreciate your comment that people who put others down are the weak ones, I don’t think that comment should have been applied to people who aren’t getting or in help yet, since the two aren’t mutually exclusive. I don’t agree that someone who doesn’t get help for whatever reason is weak. They maybe just haven’t summoned up enough courage yet.

  • I’m really struggling at the moment because I’ve had pretty bad anorexia for two years but my weight did not go extremely low (my lowest was only bmi 15.0) and my parents intervened and forced me into intensive outpatient treatment very quick so I’ve since gained 1 1/2 stone but my mental illness has only got worse, I’m very far from being in recovery and haven’t eaten a single meal without parent or professional supervision and insistence for a year now and I’ve had some horrible side issues such as laxative abuse, depression, anxiety and paranoia. However, I now look normal and because people who I’m not really close to don’t understand that I’ve been forced to gain and associate anorexia with being emaciated they assume I’m recovered and even worse that I wasn’t really ill to start with and tell me how glad they are that I’m doing so well and don’t realise that I still cant do lots of normal things like going on school trips or talking about food and weight. I think it’s a really damaging stereotype that people with EDs have to be really underweight to be sick because you already feel worthless for not having lost enough weight and for having being forcibly weight restored and then your illness is forgotten and ignored as well! I really hope that one day people will see that anorexia is about the thoughts and feelings you have about food and it’s seriousness is not always reflected in people’s physical appearance or behaviour.

  • Negative stereotypes.. Ouch. They hurt.

    I have gotten over the stereotypes and am on my way to a healthy recovery. I threw my blades out last night and am currently 20 days SH free. It has been hard and I would like to thank you specifically Kati. Your videos have helped me and I am stronger and I will get better. Thank you for all the hope and advice and strength you give people, and me. Thanks Kati

  • 11:14 “… in the 21st Century, when we do have treatments…” for mental illness, more money goes to the budget of warfare and destroying the world and killing each other, rather than healing it, providing homes, food, medical care, and education. Until we demand finances be focused on the care of, and stewarding the health of the planet and her inhabitants and habitat, we are a lost civilization. We are all crazy and along for the ride.

  • This guy is very dangerous. He needs to be treated by locking him up against his will and heavily medicated. Straight jacket and all.

  • I deal with bipolar disorder and I am in the medical profession
    the things I hear from others about mental illness, they think every person with mental illness is stupid, lazy or dumb.
    I keep quiet about having mental illness because of stigma.

  • Shared on facebook! And one of my fb friends shared it too!:) It is definitely worth sharing and very informative as well. I really like your videos Kati, they are definitely worth sharing and also very informative. And you have a very nice, sweet, friendly personality. You are also very compassionate and empathic. I can definitely relate to this video as well as some others. Keep up the great work. Any patient would be lucky to have you as their therapist. I go to therapy but haven’t gone as much, cause of so many things going on and this past year I have been going through a life crisis situation in my relationship with my soon to be abusive ex husband, and i am on my own with very little money to live on and support myself and my two cats. I don’t have medical coverage right now where I once did, but I am slowly trying to get back into therapy again and trying to get my life back. With everything going on in my life and being on my own with not many people I can trust, it has left me feeling more depressed and anxious, and I feel being around certain people and unfortunately family members can be triggering to my depression, especially because they lack the understanding what it’s like for someone who suffers with depression and anxiety. My hope is that some of my family members will watch your video trying to gain a little more understanding and compassion and be a little more empathic. This past year has gotten so bad for me i digressed. I am scared of what lays ahead, but I am trying my best not to give up hope. I am really mainly doing that for my cats, because they are worth it. They have been giving me unconditional love and been morally supportive and wonderful <3 I hope things get better.  Thank you for what you do:)

  • All of this is true. I am a patient and have been a health care worker. I had to hide my condition. I have heard these people be so cruel! I HATE THE WORD CRAZY!

  • Sorry to be unrelated to the topic of this video, but the amount of turns and edits in this video is absurd. The cuts to show his turning to face the other camera is very distracting.

  • Tedx..pls hold a talk on conversion disorder / FND and what the family and friends of the patients can do to support the patients….

  • NAMI pretends to be fighting discrimination against people labeled with psychiatric diagnoses, even though evidence shows that the scientifically unsupported chemical imbalance theory that NAMI promotes as “fact”  actually increases discrimination. It tells the public that people with a psychiatric diagnosis have “broken brains,” and that their moods and behaviors are governed by faulty brain chemistry. This is an understanding that separates the “mentally ill” from the rest of society. The “mentally ill” are different from “us.”
    What NAMI really wants is to normalize the use of psychiatric drugs. More social acceptability means more profit for NAMI’s corporate paymasters, and more influence for NAMI and its agenda to force psychiatry on people that don’t want it.

  • Everybody’s reaction when someone takes their own life:

    omg why didn’t they just reach out and open up about how low they were feeling.

    Other people’s reactions when you try to open up to them:
    -You’re just being overly sensitive
    -Stop being so weak just pull yourself together and stop feeling sorry for yourself
    -Other people have gone through much worse stuff than you, what do you actually have to feel sad about?

  • Thank you for posting this video Doctor! Really appreciate you took the time to do so, I long for the day the stigma is finally gone from mental health problems & everyone suffering gets the help they need including myself! God Bless Doc!

  • I absolutely love this video I’ve watched it and talked about it so much. If you’ve ever felt depressed or stressed maybe my videos can help! My name is Victoria Fernandez and I have Bipolar Disorder and I made this channel to tell my story in Spanish and English in the hopes of helping as many people as possible:)

  • There is less and less stigma surrounding it everyday, it’s amazing. I work with many people who are super open about their mental health issues and everyone at work is accepting because he’s so willing to share and explain how it affects him. It’s allowed many others at work to feel the same comfort in sharing their problems. We’re all closer because of it

  • Just found this surfing YouTube. It’s so true and sad. Hopefully things will change rapidly with new brain research and more enlightened times.

  • First of all bosses in companies, Management/CEO/Principals/Managers in academic/non academic fields should be tested (normally like blood tests) and if they are mentally fit for the positions, then they should be selected to become leaders. This can be done like making identity card by Govt. This way society welfare will be taken care of and economy will improve along with protecting such professions in medical fields. Nice speech Sir. Thank you������

  • Someone I know, he has a history of mental illness and sometimes when he’s stressed at work, he’ll make a comment like “I could kill everyone right now” (like ppl tend to say and not mean when stressed) and his coworkers actually believe he means it. ��

  • Hey Kati,
    just wanted to let you know that because i found you on youtube I did reach out and start seeing a psychologist beginning of the year. I sought out someone who specialized in eating disorders and i have found a massive improvement just talking about it and finding out my issues something i was in denial of for such a long time. Thankyou so much for doing what you do.


  • How brave! I am 61 and barely getting help with the anxiety that’s been plaguing me my whole life. Was surprised to also get a Dx of depression due to feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. I don’t think I could stand in front of an audience to talk about anything much less my mental issues.

  • Kati,
    I am worried I have a toxic friend. We’ve been friends for 10 years but in the last year as I confided in her about suicidal thoughts and behaviors, she tends to shut down. I’d wanted advice on therapists and figured that with her high stress job she would’ve had at least seen one. Plus she is constantly putting me down ever since she graduated college. Who cares? I’m going to graduate college as well. For every accomplishment shes found a way to hurt me. Especially when I told her my availability for hanging out, but let her know that I’d have therapy in the middle of the day. Zero reply back, but she’s all active on Snapchat. I think she is part of the reason that the stigma around mental health is so strong.

  • Kati, that was amazing!  I hate the stigma that is associated with seeking help.  You know the age-old statement of “oh…I have an appointment with my shrink”  that says it all.  For me, it’s like “oh…I have an appointment with a freaking saint…she listens, tells me I’m not totally nuts, helps me process my thoughts, create solutions and act on them.  And no matter how anyone, including myself, judges me, she is there trying to help me, help myself”  Everyone should have a therapist!  I hate that people are so ashamed and scared because of what others say.  I was one of those people who believed the stigma until recently, and only when I saw beyond it have I been able to start working on creating a better me.  Thanks Kati, and I’m on your team to re-educate the world and let them know that I am proud to ask for help and have a therapist!

  • As someone suffering from schizophrenia. I wish there was no stigma. Like the illness wasn’t torture enough i know also am seen as not fit for well oiled society

  • The Mental Health Community in my small town doesn’t even treat mental illness properly that’s what’s so discouraging they treat it like a punishment you need to be punished for having a mental illness and they l

  • The stigma makes me want to come out publicly, but I don’t think I am quite there yet. I came out to my direct management at work and the director of HR huge riskbut it paid off because I have the support and understanding of 2 people I work with that know if I am not doing well, its not because I am a slacker or don’t care or am unhappy with my job.  I recommend you feel really safe and close to the people you come out to and are certain it wont have a negative impact on your job, not everyone is as lucky as I am. I have been getting help for years because I have bipolar and I need meds. The talk therapy I go to helps me deal with the issues I have from spending years undiagnosed and losing jobs, relationships, etc.. I know there is still a lot of stigma out there because I still hear the term bipolar used in a derogatory manner to describe people who are moody. I know there is ignorance because I have heard things like “Everyone gets down sometimes” from friends I have told. I know there is still discrimination because I was passed over for a promotion and told directly it was because of my mood disorder. I want to go public so I can fight these things. People in the inside of it need to fight. But not everyone is in a position to do so, so should not feel any pressure to go public or come out to anyone they are not comfortable with or trust.

  • Not only electric shock, all means of psychiatric “treatment” are absolutely harmful. The worst is combination of incompatible concepts treatment and coercion. There is no such atrocity that would not be feasible on the basis of just such an assumption. And all the means of such a “treatment” are the means of the executioners. What is the target, such and the means.

  • I suffer from depression, and a big thing that I struggle with is the idea that I’m not valid, and that I don’t really have depression, that I’m just dramatic. My parents have perpetuated this idea multiple times… so I’m not really sure what to do anymore. I do want help. But not only do we not have the money for it, I just can’t imagine how awful it would feel to try to tell my parents that I want help.

  • many issues can also be caused by a fall damaging some area of the brain, antibiotic taken as a child, trauma, abuse etc. once the brain is traumatized it could stop working correctly biologically and there are some therapy, like neurobiofeedback that work very well, no side effect and reasonable. Hopefully will be available to everyone soon.

  • Hey guys! We are a channel focused on interviewing professionals about different topics related to bettering your life! Psychologists, economists, lawyers, journalists, all give us advices to become that better version of yourself!

  • Congratulations on an outstanding video!  Thank you for this valuable contribution.  May I have permission to post it on my website?  I’ve created a video in response to a client request, called “What will people think if I go to therapy?”  Please let me know what you think of that one.

  • I feel like I can’t get help for my eating disorder because my weight isn’t low enough. My doctor refuses to do anything about it.

  • sitting here, having just finished my psychiatry rotations in medical school, and preparing for my psychiatry final tomorrow, i can’t help but think of how judgmental i have been towards mental illness, and hearing how his empathy was the most important factor, i am without words.
    i can only pray that i am given some of his empathy and that i am able to help, and be a force of good, and not be so judgmental.

  • Our minds are NOT biologically determined. They are much more complex, involving emotions, thoughts and they importantly don’t exist in isolation to the world. While the physical effects of mental ill-being are serious, their cause is not SOLELY in the INDIVIDUAL to be “fixed”. There is a reason for the dramatic rise in depression, suicides, loneliness in recent years. Perhaps it’s more a sign of our WORLD being ILL than individual biology…

  • #KatiFAQ Hey Kati! Have had a look through your videos but I can’t seem to find anything on it but do you have any advice for someone who desperately wants to get help but when they try to get it they lie compulsively and can’t actually say the words “self harm” or “purging”. Possibly due to anxiety. Really want to get help, but it’s the actual saying it out loud that is my limit! Thanks XoXo

  • It is important to note that the effort to reduce stigma is to increase the number of unsuspecting victims of psychiatry…all the while profiting off the abuse while pretending that it is treatment.

  • sorry to hear that you felt u had to hide as we are doing enough isolation and suffering when we suffer from mental illness and yes this world is full of cruel heartless people but it is also full of so many that r truly loving, caring and trying to make a difference God Bless

  • Very well done. Kudos to the people who were brave to speak out about stigma! Together, we can change the way people think about mental illnesstogether we can normalize it!

  • Theres a stigma because psychiatrist treat patients like test bunnies. I’ve experienced malpractice and everyone else I’ve met who has a mental diagnosis. Il take any mental ilness than have to involuntary commited and treated like a animal. Theres no healing in western mental health your just a patient=customer for drug companies and a paycheck for therapist and psychiatrist.

  • Normal is not emotionality based. Societies are. Labels needed to be heard for the science. Sensory care doesn’t mean normal. Means mindset of conformity in which the degrees of science of one’s mind is not based on chemicals anymore it’s people pleasing. My standards of stigma aren’t a psychiatrist’s. No common ground in behavior. Differences will happen but science will have absolutes. Too many rock around standards of others standards too be saine. It’s not saine to not appease….the behaviors of mental illness is still science. Not tongue n cheek. I can’t be cured… Only doctor’s blind to themselves to be my help. Money talks louder than sainty it seems. If your not stigmatism why not help with science more…instead of nay saying each other. Got that neurologist and psychiatrist? a crazy guy

  • Nothing makes me more upset in this world than the anti psychiatrist movement. I have moderate to severe bipolar disorder and severe anxiety that has ruined many things and relationships with people. The fact people don’t believe mental illness is real makes me upset because without this field I wouldn’t be here. Let’s break the stigma.

  • In medicine, a medical disorder is defined as being due to abnormalities mostly being intrinsic like birth defects and genetic malfunction. Psychiatry uses the term disorder in such way that has a totally different meaning than it does in medicine. Psychiatry’s contextualized misuse of the term cooperates with the psychologization of neurological signs and symptoms. The stigma against so-called mental illness emanates from misclassification, freudian-derivative nomenclature, fictions such as biopsychosocial, and fallacies such as so-called Primary Psychiatric.

    Don’t the tell the general public not to stigmatize so-called mental illness when the psychiatry and psychology professions are authors of misconceptualization, miseducation, and confusion. In this TED Talk, you Doctor, use the term Mental Health while you are telling people that the brain is the source of the symptoms of “mental illness”. Leave Mental Health to your psychology practitioners. Mental Health should not be conflated with brain function disorders…i.e. disorder as it is defined in physical medicine, not psychiatry. Moreover, medicine should abolish the credential of psychiatrist. Call yourselves encephalopathic specialists if you want to assert the biological causation of so-called mental illness. Hallucinations, delusions, and neuro-dysmentation (so-called psychosis) are neurologic symptoms. Only a person with impaired thinking and odd perceptions could believe that something like trauma or childhood adversity would give rise to these symptoms. Medical Profession, heal thyself!!!

  • Stigmatizing someone because of how they adapt to stress/trauma/environment, is the biggest contributor to “stigma” he is talking about, not just the label of mental illness.

  • Me: Oh, I have anxiety.

    Random Classmate: How are you talking to me? Wouldn’t you be all scared?

    Me: Jesus Christ.. reeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEE

  • Good first part,his solution is idiotic however. You’d be creating a thought police and creating a whole new stigma around mental illness which probably would be more toxic than the current stigma around mental illness

  • whats funny is people will use mental illness as an insult. and when i admit to having the illness they go to the you are seeking attention.. first they use it to insult me then they call me an attention seeker when i admit to having the illness.

  • Kati I wish everyone was like you. You have scuba. Beautiful message for this world and I am 110% committed to helping you spread that message.

  • i acctualy want a girl with mental illness so that she fall in love with me and my soul and i cure her with my love…. i believe it`s posssible and would really love to try

  • I agree that it’s insane by itself that people try to create stigma over people because they act differently over a medical disorder or illness and assume that they are crazy. I’ve met people that are mentally ill in school and they are basically no different from me or any of my other friends so I treat them the same I would any other friend. But besides all the stigma and pain faced by having a mental illness I don’t expect society to completely change it’s views on mental illness and I believe that even if we reduce the stigma and create a better way to receive mental health treatment there will always be people trying to create stigma in one way or another. I believe caring about my mental health just as much as psychical health and I have no shame in admitting I’ve seen a therapist before and even a psychiatrist once.

  • I doubt she appreciates being compared to Morticia. The problem with stigma is a person can never be seen as well and never be taken seriously whereas if the person had cancer for years and recovered, likely not a stigma in the workplace and community except in very superstitious communities.

  • I forgot to take my meds home from uni when I went back for 4 days, I’m on antidepressants and began to get really dizzy and tired, I felt as though I was drunk, is this normal?
    It’s happened before when I hadn’t taken my meds for a few days too?

  • I was so surprised when I realized that these friends I once have-no longer-were so weak. They acted so confident, always gave me advice (whether wrong or not) seemingly without any self-doubt, and despised “wallowing in misery” for more than a few days (even after serious traumas). I noticed that they made the same mistakes again and again and alienated other people-only to drop them like flies and move on to someone else. I guess they were happy-they sure announced how happy they were to everyone around them, especially those who were unhappy. But maybe they insisted too much on wearing that mask. Because they couldn’t yet handle it if they showed any vulnerability.

  • This guy totally missed the one diagnosis that you can wrap most mental illnesses up into, PTSD!!! we are a traumatized world, and I think everyone suffers from mental illness especially delusions… because look how screwed up the world is and how we perpetuate these delusions

  • Hey kati I have a quick question is it possible to make mistakes in therapy? My therapist who I just started seeing asked me questions along the lines of do I understand body language and social ques, in the moment I said yes but right after I left I realized this may not be true. How would I go about telling her I my have answered some of the intake questions wrong?

  • hey Kati!
    can you please make a video about ADHD because it triggered anxiety disorder and depression for me. it’d help a lot if you could explain HOW this happens ff you can.

  • If you have a Mental Illness they will get extremely Angry at you because you have a Mental illness. Basically they’re mad at you because you’re suffering ����������If YOU lie and say you don’t have a mental illness and they believe you really do and refuse to admit it they will STILL get angry����.

  • After years of suffering alone with mental illnesses I no longer have any interest or compassion for family or friends with any physical illnesses.

  • Imagine if you could indoctrinate the weak-minded to accept it as normal so “everyone” can be mentally ill. This is wrong on multiple levels. Esp. when idiots look to the medical field as ” know it all gods” and they are anything but that.

  • I work with the metal ill on a daily basis. I live an small community that has programs to being awareness about social stigma. Love to help others and it is very simple to bring a smile on somebodies face who is having a bad day. You treat them as  equals and it’s like lowering yourself to a child’s level of understanding. Picture yourself in their place where nobody really understands why they are not acting “:normal” in a social circumstance. It’s called being shy and that comes from being hurt once from not meeting the expectations of others. I remember a guy pretty bad off on my way to work at a 7/11 from a halfway house near by in a city. He wore a hot coat and was drinking coffee on a hot day. No one would talk to him I noticed so I started asking how he was doing. Then I would tease him about wearing a coat when the day was getting hot. It doesn’t take time out of your life to talk to people you don’t know on the street. After about a month he just looked like a normal guy saying hi to everybody drinking coffee on the sidewalk. We are all human beings who are all for one and one for all which is the love we have for our fellow neighbors. Being a cowboy is not just wearing a cowboy hat and boots. I have freed a lot of people from this stigma society imposes upon the weak and feeble minded. Wearing a cowboy hat in the city makes you different and people like new and different things so I’ve learning a thing or two in making someone’s day the best day they ever had. Social stigma is like making a guy guilty of some crime they didn’t commit which leaves the person subjected to this kind of treatment wondering what their place is in society so they start feeling low like the guy with the coffee. Some withdraw from all social circumstances which is very sad because we are all social beings. Medications help only because somebody is trying to help them out of an hopeless situation in life called disparity The mentally ill are the real healers of society because they are addressing a social problem caused by not taking the time of the day with the child and our selves which is what think causes mental illness in the first place. Look at the strives humanity has made since the early seventies in understanding each other. Hat’s of to those that have dedicated their lives to psychology with a very real understanding towards the psyche/soul. I think that it’s the new dawn of enlightenment which I can foresee an “heaven of earth” some day.

  • Wow. One very strong lady you are. You can see the battle with anxiety just watching you talk and hearing your shaky voice bit you did it!!! You stood there and did the talk. Very brave indeed x

  • I love your videos so much! They’ve helped me get through a lot of hard days. You were my inspiration to start my own YouTube channel about eating disorders, mental health, and my struggles! I think the work you’re doing is extremely important. We need to end the stigma! Hope you’re well. ❤️

  • thank you for this video i understand english kinda little but myself i agree to get diagnosed + get the treatment.i currently take abilify 25mg seroquel 300xr valproic acid.i suffer from adhd asperger syndrome.i wish it didnt diagnosed under my 24th birthday.greetings louis

  • we can look at MRI  EEG nowdays and actually see where the brain is not responding to certain stimuli or other. But that is expensive to do and most people may receive a drug on not diagnosed properly. The effect on people and expense for health care is enormous, be much cheaper and humane to do all testing in beginning.
    we need universal health care, well managed by each state and paid by our tax on income. we will be healthier and more productive. 

  • 8:10 A little disturbing that this dr treated someone with AGORAPHOBIA not Agriphobia. I would say Agriphobia would be that of a fear of farming. I’d be offended, but hey, it’s a good presentation overall.

  • Noticed he never talked about the real cause of this problems… poverty is one.. and he keeps making up more labels.. this so called doctors are diabolical.. stay away from this demons

  • This is not a reflection on my views of your speech, but I have actually witnessed someone accuse another of faking their cancer. People like that make removing the stigma that much harder.

  • Great video, I was diagnosed with a learning disability when i was a child and i have always hated having a label. I remember that i would not openly talk about it with people i have just met. I was afraid of how people would think about me and treat me.

  • I couldn’t agree more about a mental health professionals, and doctors being caring, and not judgmental. I’ve had a few who have spoken down to me, and made me feel judged. People will not respond, or open up, if they feel this way with the people who are supposed to be helping them.

  • Mental Illness will ruin you, the illness and people you have to deal with will ruin your credibility.  People will always remember how you once acted or what you saidand people who are mentally ill do say and act in ways that healthy unknowing people do not understandYour credibility is ruined, the people who have hospitalized you and talk behind your back don’t help, they hurt you-

  • People tell me to get over my depression and anxiety caused by pain after the surgery on my brain and spine. I’m always on the edge and yes mood disorder and self destructive acts. Am I bad?

  • I think that the stigma will definitely change, since PTSD is taken so seriously, that and bullying and other forms of invisible scars.

  • I recognise nervousness, not resentment. The stigma is still very real although great progress has being made. 40 years ago it was only discussed in hushed tones, if at all.

    Well done for the courage you have shown and I hope you find peace

  • I came to watch this after seeing the move Joker. Though it had some violent scenes, it made me think a lot about how society doesn’t value mentally ill people, how they’re often left to fend for themselves. I hope that we can take away the stigma of mental illness and support one another, no matter if one has a mental illness or not. Thanks for this talk. That reading of the letter at the end was very nice to hear… We can all have compassion.

  • it has affected me and for the longest time I didn’t think I deserved help and thought people would just judge me. I am glad I am getting help�� even though it gets hard at times

  • Stigma is COMPLICATED! I am surprised at the naiveté of this talk. First, loosing one’s mind is one of the most terrifying events one can experience. To not be yourself and experience the removal of the typically unquestioned sense of self-control one depends on to make sense of one’s actions is often quite unsettling to anyone who can reflect on the experience and recognize it could happen again. Now, imagine you wish others to trust you, which is to place their valuable intentions and resources in your hands. Ideally, each individual case should be assessed on their own merit. But the fact is that even psychiatry does not consider the uniqueness of each individual, which is the second point. There is no individual consideration in psychiatry. There is no “personal meaning”. Psychiatry did away with that. While the early analysts may have been too loose with interpretations, the biological psychiatrist became obsessed with control and standardization and too loose with the pills until the individual became an abstraction of a DSM diagnosis. Psychiatrists avoid the “unique meaning” of a person’s life in the process of distorting it into some DSM category. People are commonly overdiagnosed and overmedicated. Thus, psychiatry is not often benign. Jeff’s recited stories of successful treatment need to be soberly contextualized with the millions of patients stories whose needs and therefore treatment have been oversimplified to the patient’s detriment. Therefore, turning oneself over to the blunt instruments of contemporary psychiatric care, just as calling the police, should give us pause. Not to acknowledge the predicament psychiatry currently faces is reckless and supports the callous insistence in the science at a time when simply the lack of reproducibility in psychiatric research should awaken the field to the limitations of reductionist “scientific” approaches to emergent phenomena like the mind!
    Emergence teaches us that certain phenomena only occur at a level of complexity. That is why the new hope for psychiatric diagnosis is in functional imagining and not in enormous genetic studies. The mind emerges from dynamical process of interacting neurons! Any disorder associated with a genetic anomaly typically is recognizable earlier in life due to it’s profound and pervasive effects. However, at a higher level, the organized interactions of neurons are not solely determined by their genetic antecedents, but substantially by their engagement with the world. Neurons and their plasticity may have been determined by genes much like the components which make up the cement and bricks, but the functional connectivity of those bricks and how stable the resultant structure becomes as much if not more related to the construction.

  • Courageous, heartfelt talk. Thanks for taking the risk.i have no doubt your talk will have a profound impact on the way many people think. Keep up the fight—we’re all in this together! ��

  • These things impact me every single day. I’m scared to reach out to my friends because other friends have told me I don’t look like I have an eating disorder, or self harm is stupid, just eat and everyone gets depressed… It’s SOOOO hard for me to express myself in fear I’ll be judged. I still have no idea how to open up to my friend.

  • he doesn’t sight one study indicating modern better outcomes. The only long term study I found comparing medicated to non-medicated patients confirms patients are far better off without modern medicines.

  • Some people just think or see physically and mentally disabled people as less than human or subhuman. Just because of someone has a difficulty with something than you doesn’t mean they should be berated or put down or even humiliated. It’s better to give a helping hand or even give someone a little push forward in general if needed.

  • Would you tell someone with a heart murmur, a broken arm, cancer, the flu to “get over it”? No. You wouldnt. So why stigmatize depression, anxiety, bpd, bipolar, schiophrenia, etc? We ALL have mental health as we do physical health. Everything literally starts in the mind.

  • Psychiatrist are the biggest lie perpetrated up on humanity.. made up labels.. this bastards have made billions pushing their poison upon naive people.. they are the reason America is going crazy.. people go crazy on that medication.. your mind has the ability to recover its self

  • There are so many people affected with these disorders we ought to be humble and recognize the probability of having a mental disorder ourselves.

  • People said to me ur not normal because u feel like that and I self harm that is y I am getting help but Iknow I am I’m in recovery @*****

  • Hi kati!!! I love love love your videos, and i just have one question. Why is it that my eating disorder is so competitive!!?!?!?! If i see someone not eating, even if i have been doing good all day with recovery, i get major triggered to not eat aswell. Like if other people are not eating, i shouldn’t either. Is this Normal??

    Thanks! Love your videos!

  • yeah, tell the majority of people. I am being kicked out of my shared apartment because my roommates have difficulty connecting to me due to my anxiety and depression. It’s that easy to dismiss a person with problems and just so justified in the minds of other people. And I don’t blame em. If they want to live with someone who they can connect to better, then that’s their right. I think it’s important to understand that for this scenario there is no one-dimensional solution. You gotta see it from the third person’s perspective. Which in itself is a really important skill

  • My friends have been trying to help me out but I haven’t been able to internalize what they say and they’ve said that they think I think their words don’t matter. It really hurts me because I want to get better but something is keeping me from internalizing stuff. What do I do?

  • m writing my final assessment essay fot health psychology module, it’s about the impact on mental health due to covid19. recently i have been managing the overall increasing stress and it is exhausting specially on this topic. i feel like my classmates don’t understand what i am trying to do. feel like they are always complaining without working on their own problems. i feel i am being insensitive and inconsiderate when it comes to support their behaviour to actively complain daily about everything instead of trying to resolve it or get the help they need. and i think they despise me for being myself or expressing about how i feel about it and i feel really hurt and want to quit because of them.

  • I really like this video.  My boyfriend’s mom isn’t very understanding about mental illnesses and she doesn’t understand why I need pills.  My boyfriend has anxiety as well and he recently started taking pills and she’s mad at me because she thinks I’m giving him the pills.  Even after he showed her that they were his she still blames me for being a bad influence.  I don’t know how to act around her anymore, she wont listen when it comes to mental health and she’ll argue before anyone has a chance to speak.  She’s an alcoholic herself but she’s living in denial.

  • Just found your videos, after over a decade of life-crippling social anxiety and self hatred, and 5 years of acute, constant pain. Slowly realizing that I’m not a piece of shit 24/7. You’re so lovely, just looking at these videos makes me motivated to work at the gym and on myself so one day I’ll find someone a quarter as lovely!

  • #KatiFAQI have bpd and I’m having cbt but I don’t think my therapist believes anything I say, Like if I said that people were staring at me and talking about me he would say that I’m just assuming they are doing that, but I don’t think it’s me being paranoid I think they actually are talking about me, what should I do?

  • Hi Kati thanks for all you do!  I related to this because I was wondering if in a way people stereotype themselves after getting help.  I’ve struggled with eating disorders the past six years and refused to admit there was anything wrong when I was being treated for anorexia five years ago.  When I put on the weight and got out of treatment, I was relieved to not deal with appoitnments anymore and switched to a different eating disorder.  I started seeing a different therapist almost a year ago for bulimia and find it incredibly different to be honest.  I am so used to denying and keeping things in that I’m ashamed when I admit to my behaviors and I stereotype myself as crazy.  I recently opened up more and have now been diagnosed with eating disorders, anxiety, trichotillomania, and self-harm.  Is it strange to feel like all of those things make me feel crazy?  I would never admit any of these behaviors or diagnoses to friends or family (althought my parents and some friends know my eating has been an issue) because I don’t want to seem weak,  My therapist thought it would make me feel better that other people go through it too but I just feel like I shouldn’t struggle and I should just snap out of the bad habits.  Sorry that was long and I hope that makes sense.  Thanks!

  • Those diagnosed with some kind of mental illness have a higher risk of morbidity due to doctors profiling or brushing off symptoms.

  • What makes it hard for people to seek help are those social workers, therapists, psychologists who are doing it for the money. In the foster care system, Foster caregivers are guilty of this as well. But he hit the nail on the head when he said it was the fact he cared and was passionate about her overcoming. If people were more caring and showed active, unconditional support, the world would be healed.

  • It’s not really hard to understand. It’s just that the world is selfish because people that are not mentally ill are too driven to life and are oblivious to the fact that not everyone thinks that way. The stigma exist because you can’t see the illness. It’s not physical so therefore, no one will take that illness seriously. They only take it serious when someone takes their life. It leaves people bewildered as to why this person killed themselves and left their loved ones in pain but it’s simple, it’s because everyone needs to be more aware of what’s actually going on with the world which is dark reality. Humans are selfish in nature. Society just needs to be more understanding otherwise suicide is just going to keep on happening so it’s society that’s the problem and how the world works. It’s not rocket science.

  • if we can remember “JESUS grace is sufficient for us for HIS power is made perfect in weakedness” therefore; i will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ power may rest on me that is why for Christ sake, i delight in weaknesses, in insulys, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. FOR WHEN I AM Weak I AM Stong. 

  • The biggest problem to mental health stigma is that the professionals, don’t agree nor understand the subject well enough to be consistent in how we provide the care mentally disordered, not ill people. This is worlds apart from care and treatments for medical conditions like heart disease, cancers, AIDS, etc…
    We need to start by having an agreement of what mental health really is about, then and only then can we stamp out stigma. Just highlighting that people need treatment and tablets is why the anti-psychiatry movements exist, while people suffer without the right help and support.

  • It’s crazy how long I managed to exist without ever going to therapy or seeking any kind of help for my dysthymia… (it’s NOT fun)… I wish i could have been braver years ago to seek help and counceling. Also, being a male, the mentality of guys should just man up and go through it is just the most toxic thing. I always wanted to act that im emotionally stable, happy, but it’s all a big lie to myself… always thinking that I can get through this without help. I regret that I didn’t seek help at all and now it’s affecting so much of my personal and career life. Because I didnt seek help, I did so many big mistakes that just adds on heavy guilt to my disorder. I constantly regret, my past haunting me, worrying about my future, wishing on what I could have done differently. The culture of toxic masculinity inside my mind left me weak, hurt, isolated, resentful to myself, I just cant stand it anymore.

  • Thank you Sam, for standing up to the stigma of mental illness. I lost my son to suicide last year. I commend you for your bravery and strength…

  • First, cut the political correctness crap. People who say something is retarded, say something brings out OCD, or exaggerate about depression aren’t trying to attack people who suffer from those disorders. People will always use exaggerations to explain their situation, so you can’t get caught up on the specific words. Understand the intentions of those descriptions aren’t trying to offend you, and get over it. Second, the problem with mental illness is that people like you, going through hormonal imbalances during the teen years, run to the doctor to get a scapegoat, and use their diagnoses as an excuse for being a jerk or a burden on other people. That is the reason people are against the idea of mental illness. Not entirely because they don’t think its real, but they watch people act way out of line and justify their actions by saying they have mental illness. The world doesn’t want to give out free passes. Everyone has problems that we have to deal with. Some are harder to deal with then others, but you can’t expect the world to give you special treatment your whole life because of it. People with mental illness should be comfortable in their own skin, and shouldn’t have to hide their problems, but you will get opposition or ignored if you use your mental illness for attention or justification.

  • I’ve mostly faired fairly well in medical settings but I’ll never forget how poorly I was treated in the hospital….especially the ER…after my first suicide attempt. The staff was rough with me and talked down to me and made me feel worse than I already was. I was only a teenager and I had no clue at the time what I was dealing with and no one comforted me at all.

  • Courageous talk indeed! Please, keep talking and sharing your story. We need as many people as possible to shine light for us. When we all recognize that a “mental illness” is another illness, nothing more, nothing less, we can stop the stigma that currently exists. Far too often we fail to realize (or maybe accept) that even those with a chronic mental illness were once children with hopes and dreams like everyone else. Then one day their mind betrayed them. However, the betrayal does not have to be a life sentence of shame and guilt. It should be a call to action. The action being to rise up and learn, with support of others, how to live with the illness. While it may challenge the dream, it does not have to end it. Please keep talking!

  • This guy is Sooooo Dangerous! Unfortunately Psychiatry is positively rife with these kinds of Dangerous individuals. We all should be Alarmed just by this TEDx talk alone.

  • Thank you everyone who is destigmatizing mental illness. I hope, as a person with mental illness, I can soon become well enough to share my experiences with others and help people become more loving towards one another in general, more understanding, and more willing to forgive one another.

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  • Not just stigma. People get angry at me if I’m high and or low. They go out of their way to yell at me. Only very rarely have some treated me with compassion.

  • Hi kati I’m on holiday currently with family apart from my dad, my sister approached an autistic young man on the dance floor around children when she was drunk and she portrayed the niciey niciey act to him yet she knows my history and slates me! This was like she was saying I’m an understanding person, but to me she’s not! Her boyfriends brother is autistic but I went to school with him yet she claims to be the most clued up and patient person! With me and my family she isn’t and that hurts. It’s the point where I have to avoid her! Should I have to?

  • I went to the ER with chest pain, a recent diagnosis of BP1, in this hospitals records system.  The doctor walks in, says hello, looks at the chart and said Oooh, you have bipolar disorder.  He tossed the chart on the table and never came back.  I guess people with bipolar disorder can’t have heart attacks! I knew there was a silver lining somewhere!

  • I was emotionally abused by my mom for years. I’ve only begun processing it recently and it has perpetuated a severe anxiety and panic disorder as well as clinical depression. for me the stigma with anxiety and not feeling comfortable talking about it has made me feel ashamed and unable to get help for a long time. I’ve been in therapy for several months now, making progress. I urge anyone dealing with this to TALK ABOUT IT! it’s amazing how your perspective on yourself and your illness will change. you are not alone

  • Curious as she delves into personal stories and thoughts, her voice begins to show resentment or maybe pain, I don’t know.

    Good job with the talk, showed a lot of courage.

  • I avoid going to necessary appointments such as dental check ups or if I have an injury that surely requires a few stitches (or more serious a fall were I hurt my back badly) i avoid the Emergency/Hospital like the ‘plague’ due to STIGMA that i have already lived through. When i have no choice to go and they ask me what medications i am on I lie and say NONE! that way i can feel a bit of dignity for awhile until they catch on.

  • To those filipinos out there, I do vlogs also about mental health, and my mental health disorder journey. Its my advocacy in spreading mental health awareness. Lets support each other. ��

  • That girl that said her dr said 45 after her shift that was amazing we need more drs like this. Not just for mental illness but for regular drs as well.

  • This is all good and all but if I call in and say I’m having a mental breakdown or strung out on painkillers, then I am prone to be fired. It’s not worth a livelihood to break a stigma. In other words, this issue isn’t as important as a persons ability to make an income.

  • First of all bosses in companies, Management/CEO/Principals/Managers in academic/non academic fields should be tested (normally like blood tests) and if they are mentally fit for the positions, then they should be selected to become leaders. This can be done like making identity card by Govt. This way society welfare will be taken care of and economy will improve along with protecting such professions in medical fields. Nice speech ma’am. Thank you������

  • All ppl are egoists, empowered them selfs by crushing some one else ego. As kids we were thought that we are the best, atleast the lucky once. The others with not such great parents were outcasts or worst mediocre.. Not knowing where you actualy stand in society. And this is the daughter of hate. Questining if you diserve what u have because u have been told soo, what u are good and bad at. Untill u fell so deep in your enigma and be reborn without the doubs of who you really are.

  • I wish these nutcase psychiatrists would separate the externalists from the internalists. I don’t believe in this bogus shell-shock syndrome in the regular world. I believe, our problems are internally linked, such as genetics, diet, biological factors, and growth factors. Don’t try and hand me the pansy media took effect, or some psychopath had a psychological warrant on me, etc.

  • I tried to hide my mental health status, lately I harm myself so I decided to ask for help.
    It didn’t get better. It even get worse in some cases due to the stigmas.
    Now I just say “I’m getting better” but actually.. no.

  • Yupz Awesomes

    -costs reduced
    -less crimes
    -more loveing and productive society?

    mental health is underrated?

    aslkdjklasdjawoidjakls OP_O_O… mental health equals? stress?…mainly?

  • Fine, right up until 2:47. Then you lost me.  Maybe you can clarify.

    “The people who don’t get help, people who sit in the shadows, the people who struggle and don’t want to tell anybody and pretend and make fun of others who have it, those ones are the weak ones…and that’s sad really”
    It sounds like you’re describing a specific set of people, those who need help but don’t get it.  Then you’re drawing simplified conclusions about them (stereotyping, if you will) instead of empowering them to get that help.
    Lashing out is another type of coping skill.  This is not to say that people who do it get a free pass.  It’s not ok for someone to make others pay for their own issues.  But, the language you used was a little troubling.
    Again, maybe you can clarify.

  • Yes there are some fantastic compassionate caring people out there that are sincerely trying to ease the suffering of people who suffer with mental illness. I feel bad for all of the people out there that r not fortunate enough to meet up with ‘the good’ ones when someone has cancer it is an automatic compassion we need the same thing for mental illness

  • There is a lot of stigma when I was sucidal in a shopping centre in 2018 people just walked past and ignored the fact of what I was doing even now if I’m crying in public noone asks if I’m OK we won’t hurt you but okay can save a life its good to talk

  • Thanks to the internt,I’m noticing that abuse victims now have a voice.And we are becoming vocal. Let’s commence with the class action law suits before the plaintiff pool gets any deeper.Only a money reconcilliation shock will reform the system.I see that ontario is realizing what the blight of tobbaco is costing tax payers.I am sure the tax payer appreciates the direction that Ms. Winn is taking in this matter. We live on planet money.That seems to be all that matters.

  • Such Passion! This is the type of High School Student that can help to motivate the future to not only better themselves, but better EACH OTHER!

  • I’ve been in a couple mental institutions. They treated me and the other patients like we were cattle. Also people ignore me so I feel like there is a wall that people put up against me.

  • “No stigma” is a utopic goal. Just like “no wars” is.
    I would already be pretty happy if there was no workplace discrimination, no exclusion, no isolation and no battles with my insurance over paying for treatment!

  • Powerful made me cry. People suffer alone and it’s very disheartening to know our society is so unwilling to acknowledge this crisis.