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Mental Health Stigmas
 
# 1 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 08:15
 
 
According to survey results released today over 40% of people believe that mental health issues are caused by a personal failure in the sufferers life.

20% believe that mental health issues are a result of below average intelligence.

While another significant sized group said they couldn't be friends with someone with a mental health issue.

Perhaps it's because I grew up with a manic depressive parent, I tend not to judge those based on their bad days.

How about you?
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# 2 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 08:21
 
 
Someone said :
According to survey results released today over 40% of people believe that mental health issues are caused by a personal failure in the sufferers life.

People who believe this are mentally ill.
Someone said :
20% believe that mental health issues are a result of below average intelligence.

People who believe this are stupid.

It is healthy to be maladjusted to a society controlled by evil corruption.
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# 3 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 08:38
 
 
A huge proportion of my friends have or have had mental health issues and as I have too it's not something I judge someone on.


As I get older I find out that far more of my friends had issues in the past that they hid away but now have had the bravery to talk about and to seek help for. Support amongst my social group is not difficult to find. I doubt that this is the case for everyone, though.
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# 4 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 08:41
 
 
Someone said :
People who believe this are mentally ill.


People who believe this are stupid.

It is healthy to be maladjusted to a society controlled by evil corruption.

Do you not think you are unfairly judging the people who took the people who took the survey in the same way they judged those they were surveyed about?

Surely educating people is the best thing you can do here.
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# 5 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 09:32
 
 
I tend not to judge people on their mental illnesses.

Why judge people for their ill health?

I think most people who judge do so largely out of a lack of awareness or understanding.

When I was much younger and less aware of the true issues concerning mental illness, I was fascinated, which was still the wrong response.

People need support.

If someone is acting strangely, they may be acting perfectly logically from THEIR perspective. We are on the outside looking in at the person.

I think that only people who experienced mental illnesses in whatever way, either going through it themselves, or having someone in their family with it, can truly understand the pointlessness and hurt of being judged by people who do not understand.

Yes, GF, awareness is key here.
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# 6 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 09:58
 
 
Are we talking about depression here?
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# 7 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 12:09
 
 
I would assume the OP is referring to mental health problems in general.
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# 8 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 13:16
 
 
I agree with your point about outward strange behaviour being logical from inside, Intrepid.
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# 9 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 18:24
 
 
In my own circle of mates who are mainly blokes in their 30s ,they are far more open
about having mental health problems and seeking help. There is undoubtedly still a
huge stigma still regards being labelled as being "nuts" but I think it is no longer
seen as a sign of weakness (or emasculation)

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# 10 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 18:36
 
 
There seems to be a line people draw between "the poor soul" and "They're a danger to us all!"

Often where one puts this line is, as ever, a reflection on the onlooker rather then the one with the mental problem. But that said there are times when you have to say "enough is enough" and accept it that sometimes people are beyond help of even the most open mind.
In which case letting professionals handle things is the best option for everyone.
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# 11 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 18:55
 
 
We've come along way from people talking about the person next door who "suffers with their nerves".

I think 10 years ago the percentage of people mislabeling others would have been notably higher.
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# 12 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 19:10
 
 
I'm not surprised as an AS sufferer of these findings. I feel I have to mention my AS in interviews or else misunderstandings will occur in the workplace at how shy and nervous I am around people. I have literally never had a job.

Fortunately a NDP/FAS group called Employability are going to put me on 2 days work experience and then try to get me an internship to earn €50 a week and then maybe next year a WIT course on the gaming industry. Ultimately I hope this and my existing IT qualifications (from 8 yrs ago) on web design and computer skills e.g. Excel/Access/Word will help with this, along with maybe my practical experience with modding.
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# 13 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 19:24
 
 
Someone said :
I'm not surprised as an AS sufferer of these findings. I feel I have to mention my AS in interviews or else misunderstandings will occur in the workplace at how shy and nervous I am around people. I have literally never had a job.

Fortunately a NDP/FAS group called Employability are going to put me on 2 days work experience and then try to get me an internment to earn €50 a week and then maybe next year a WIT course on the gaming industry. Ultimately I hope this and my existing IT qualifications (from 8 yrs ago) on web design and computer skills e.g. Excel/Access/Word will help with this, along with maybe my practical experience with modding.

The best of luck with the internment man
Im sure there would be lots of industries related to IT where you could use your strengths.

Are you a member of any groups for other lads with AS? If so whats the general experience of people with AS regards employment, would many have difficulty holding down certain types of jobs ?
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# 14 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 19:25
 
 
Oops I meant to type internship not "internment". Edited.

No BB I don't know other people with AS so I wouldn't know the answer to your question.
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# 15 : Tuesday 10-9-2013 @ 19:46
 
 
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No BB I don't know other people with AS so I wouldn't know the answer to your question.

Perhaps getting to know other lads with a similar condition might
be helpful to you , even to learn from their life experiences and what
worked for them or to find common ground maybe?

Best of luck with the other thing though , fair play for getting yourself out there

I can only imagine how difficult it might be to overcome other peoples prejudices
and the stigmas surrounding mental health issues when confronted with people who might behave a little bit different, but don't forget you have to meet people halfway too so its a learning experience for everyone

By the way ,no offence is intended by calling AS a mental health issue,
I don't know what the preferred reference for it would be by people with AS?
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