The mentally ill are still discriminated against in our society as opposed to physical ill.

Unlike physical suffering mental illness are still a taboo subject. About physical illness and disability is usually reported in detail. Their own mental illness or that of family members or relatives, but coyly silent. third or fourth case, each person suffers at least once in his life a mental illness requiring treatment . They occur relatively frequently. In addition, diseases such as depression and anxiety disorders in recent years have increased sharply and are now the leading cause of premature retirement .

What prejudices against those infected are there?

Sufferers from schizophrenia and addiction are considered unpredictable and violent. Many also think that it is in schizophrenics is split personalities, which is related mainly with the unfortunate name of the illness, since schizophrenia, from Greek, the word, which release contains “. Moreover, the widespread opinion that schizophrenia incurable is. Likewise, as regards treatment, many mistakenly believe that they can be treated with psychotherapy.

Depression is usually assumed, however, they were just lazy and they lacked self-discipline. On the other hand, they are most likely learn compassion. As regards the treatment of depressive, also there are many myths. See most laymen in depression harmless mood disorders in which everyone suffers from time and also do not believe that you should treat them with psychiatric drugs. Depression is often advised to pull herself together, to exercise more, relax, and time to go on vacation or to visit a medical practitioner.


Where the prejudice come from?

Most people know very little about mental illness. They get their information from the mass media, the mental ill, especially on psychosis, addiction or borderline disorders sufferers often mentioned in connection with terrible violence. In the population the result is a distorted picture of mental health difficulty that it would be best locked away.

In addition, the mentally ill simply do not fit in our competitive society. Here most of burnout sufferers still fit into it, where it is assumed that this is is hard working performers, who worked until they drop. To suffer from too much work, our company may just have to accept that.

Unlike other mental illness, often through on the long absenteeism from work due to unemployment or job loss. Since the disease is when it is not just acute, often does not consider them, many doubt that they are actually sick. Some of them even provide conscious simulation. Also, you reap as mentally ill often surprised looks and comments when you said that you were pensioned during the disease at a young age, for example, mid-30s or early 40th , What have you been retired? How have you gotten through since? ”

Discrimination by our health care system

The mentally ill are not only discrimination on the part of society, such as family members, friends, relatives or potential employers exposed, but they are also systematically, for example through our health care system discriminated against. Waiting times of two to three months waiting time for an appointment with a psychiatrist to get prescribed the necessary psychiatric and longer waiting periods of six months to a year to begin an outpatient psychotherapy can, are not acceptable conditions for the sufferers. Often the acutely ill then remains no other choice than to seek the nearest emergency department of psychiatry, which would often not have been necessary for timely start of outpatient therapy. In the worst case, the endless wait ends for assistance in suicide.

How can you break down prejudices against the mentally ill?

For several years, there are projects and groups that seek to educate the public about mental illness, thereby counteracting the stigma. This includes, for example, the association Insane Human . The association led, for example, the school project, Crazy? So what! “Were informed about mental illness through. Youth and learned sufferers know.

Even the patients themselves can do something against their stigmatization by themselves against open stigma to fight back. The silence and concealment of the disease, which is partially even advised by professionals to patients, and does not contribute to the reduction of prejudice against mental illness at, but these often have exacerbated. An open approach to her own disease can also contribute to reducing prejudice.