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Americans Increasingly View People with Mental Illness as a Threat

“Despite an absence of supporting evidence, Americans increasingly view people with mental illness as a threat,” writes Megan Brooks on Medscape News. This trend may influence the development of policies that are heavily discriminatory, such as stripping away basic human rights; forcing medical care and hospitalizations; and further stigmatizing and socially isolating those suffering with mental illness. Obviously, these actions can exponentially exacerbate symptoms of mental illness.

Given the fact that, according to a statement issued by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the “overwhelming majority of people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violent crime rather than the perpetrators,” an extremely vulnerable and often victimized segment of our society is at even greater risk of being both traumatized and marginalized.

As therapists, we can help to dispel these inaccurate and harmful ideas by speaking up in our sessions and in our public and private conversations, especially since ours is the work of healing and connecting.

Read more at https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/919700

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