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10 Jun 2004

Just asking
Hi there,

I was just wondering whether anyone would like to comment on the next issue. Why is it that once someone (now I am specifically referring to people with psychological problems) come forward and admit to their friends or family, that they have a problem i.e. depression, personality disorder etc. those friends/family tag them and society turns their backs on them. I've seen it happen so many times. (although not all people do)

What is it that society would like from these people. Are they not in most instances as functional as the rest of society (Now I am not referring to psychopaths) with the occasional downfall?

Why does society prefer to keep on labelling them and pushing them aside. Should we not be more caring and open our eyes to see the symptoms and be there for each other.

Or do we want them to commit suicide and then despise ourselves for not reaching out to people in need?

Just an observation, thought I'll see what the rest has to say.

Thanks
Observer

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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Hello Observer,
Actually, you'll find there's a large psychological / psychiatric literature on this issue, of labelling and stigma.
Not only are people who have had psych problems as functional as the rest of society, but often more so. People are often afraid of what they can't easily understand, and also afraid of people whose problems remind them of their own which they fear admitting to. Of course people should be more caring ; some are. Also, people often hesitate to try to be helpful, becaus they feel so helpless, so worried that they won't know what to do or say, so they try to avoid feeling useless.
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