Mental health issues are as old as physical health issues are. History witnessed mental health treatment had been utilized in different shape and form to make difference in the quality of lives of the people. Still the process of taking mentally ill person to appropriate treatment provider is not as fast as it should be, even in the highly developed nations. Obstacles seem to be insufficient information about the mental illness and lack of awareness about the treatment options and stigma associated with it. When somehow pt reach to the point of seeking treatment, big challenge for the mental health professional is to deal with the denial and resistance on the part of the patient and families resulting in further delaying or incomplete treatment.
What Is stigma: When somebody is viewed by others as having deficiencies and is inferior in certain regards, and people has stereotyped view about him. People having mental illness especially chronic and severe form usually notice by verbal and non verbal gestures of others and this seems to be a major hindrance in sharing information and seeking treatment. Which in turn leads to further deterioration in their condition.
Physical illness somehow is viewed differently and gets lots of acceptance and support from family friends and society, however mental illness unfortunately carry prejudice, which is being noticed by the sufferer overtly or covertly and hence develop feelings against sharing such information.
There is a great need to develop awareness about the pschological issues and knowledge that there is affective treatment available which can bring a positive change in life and hence productivity for the family and society at large.
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