I thought i would bump this thread as we seem to have gone of topic on another thread.
It is my belief that stigma and the notions carried with it are very hurtful and quiet often is the cause of many people now wanting to address their illness.
Mental illness can develop in any one of us,it has no age or gender barrier.
Some people may experience very minor symptoms which may effect how they deal with themselves and others in a way that is not obvious to others.
Others are not quiet so lucky and their illness may develop in such a way that their actions are quiet damaging to themselves and to others.
When this happens and other people get hurt it is very easy for society to immediatly
label this individual as something other than a person with a mental illness.
Words such as psycho, whackjob, nutjob etc.....
Maybe it is because we are so angry at the actions of that individual that we do not want to acknowledge that they have an illness which caused them to carry out their actions in the first place. Anger is a reaction to an action and we all experience this emotion.
Even through our anger we must not loose sight that the action of the individual was
as a result of their illness.
We can not justify the action but we must recognise the power that caused it.
That power being, A mental illness which the individual was experiencing at that given time.
So while we reject the action of the indivudual, Let us not label that person with stigmatic slang.
In doing so we are giving a label to every person who experiences mental illness at some time or other in their life.