Social Stigma Associated with Depression – A clear study

  • September 6, 2020
  • / By Abdul Aziz

In the previous articles, we have discussed various effects of depression and now will see how Social Stigma associated with depression disturbs an individual life.

Many people with mental health problems say that people in my neighborhood starts neglecting me and rejecting me every time.

This makes them feel worse than their depression and make it much harder to recover.

The depression, so-called mental illness is common among the people of different age groups.

With proper treatment and medication, it is quite easy to recover from depression along with special attention from the soul mates.


What is Social Stigma?

It is a kind of extreme disapproval of a person on the society based on their characteristic behavior.

Later, stigma is affixed to the person by the society and distinguishes them from other members of the society.

Most people who experience mental health problems recover completely when diagnosed earlier and treated properly.

But in some cases, it is a bit difficult because the particular person is attached to a strong social stigma associated with depression.


How Social Stigma affects?

It is common that the people with mental health problems can experience serious discrimination in every aspect of their lives.

The worst part is that the person may be affected more severely by the stigma especially from their families, friends and the employers.

If someone experience to be in depressed, give them attention and care rather than isolating from your circle.

Nine out of 10 people with mental illness say that social stigma associated with depression have a negative effect on their lives.


Ill-effects of Stigma:

Ill Effects of Stigma

Many people, who were affected by depression or mental illness, went into a state of highly challenged both internally and externally.

On one hand, they struggle with certain form of disabilities resulting from the disease and another side developed misconceptions about mental illness.

This results in preventing them from leading a normal life such as good job, safe housing, proper health care, friends, and relationship.

There is so many research’s gone so far to understand the various impact of stigma associated with depression.

Still, every new people doctors and psychologists were discovering the new scope of prejudice against people with mental illness.


Types of Stigma:

There are so many ill effects caused by the stigma to an individual who already affected by mental depression or mental illness.

The medical persons have termed stigma into two different types, “public stigma” and “self-stigma”.

The public sigma is a kind of perception held by others over the mentally ill individual.

The self-stigma occurs inside the individual person who develops negative feelings about themselves.

The depression can be easily treated in their early stages, but when it is associated with stigma it is the bit difficult to treat the individual.

It’s common among gender and race, moreover, public stigmatized individual hesitates a lot to seek help from others.

They have a less positive attitude towards mental health treatments and believe in religious activities helps to get relief from mental illness.


Characteristics of self-stigma and public stigma:

The stigmatized person may be characterized by those who developing a self-negative feeling about themselves.

These categories of person are called as self-stigmatized persons who have less self-esteem and increased depression.

They feel more depressed about themselves, feel ashamed and embarrassed every time in every action.

This kind of action makes them isolated from social interactions and always feel lonely and stay alone.

Moreover, if a person is depressed, and labels himself/herself to need treatment, can be a greater cause of self-stigma.

Most people often themselves feel, “I am not the right fit”, and develop a lot of negative feelings and feel less self-esteemed.

This is particularly high in the case of a male because our cultural influences dictate to us that, “the boys don’t cry”.

Especially in India, culturally rich country, people were taught and differentiated a lot of boys and girls attitude when they seek help.

This practice makes the male, to hesitate to ask for a help thus leads to severe effect due to depression.

This has to be clawed away from the society and it should be taught that person with mental illness or feel to be mentally ill to be treated immediately.

They should over-come self-stigmatic condition at least for some time until seeking medical assistance from the doctor.

A study states that mostly the male citizens are affected a lot by the cause of self-stigma than women.

The public stigma is categorized as the person who suffers from depression were treated as dangerous and violent.

This myth was created by media who portrays the mentally ill person with violent and dangerous.

Finally, stigmatization is a major barrier to the treatment of patients with mental illness and depression.

This is mostly high in the cases of men because of their cultural inheritance, they were taught not to ask help directly for the treatment.


How to escape from Stigma?

As we know depression is a state of sudden changes in our biological system associated with chemical changes in our brain.

There are so many reasons that cause depression among youths, employees, elder person and a family man.

But, to all the problems, there are some common solutions to easily escape from the depression.

Let’ see what are those?

  • Engage yourself in a work
  • Involve yourself in a relationship
  • Live in a decent house
  • Involve with society socially.

Stigma and discrimination may even worsen mental health problems, and delay the affected person from getting help and treatment.

The above factors are the main reasons for the affected person who suffers from depression and stigma.

Another reason is the media, who often portrays mental illness with violence, and dangerous, criminal or evil who unable to live a fulfilled life.



The best part to treat social stigma associated with depression was through early diagnosed and treatment with experience of mental health problems.

The stigma, particularly self-stigma is increasingly recognized as the barrier to the treatment of depression and other mental disorders.

The only way to decrease this type of depression is by implementing proper education to patients and their families about mental illness.

Particularly educating them about depression will help a lot to understand their affected person.

Though the medications can cure depression, but it also requires a proper care and attention from the closest relation.


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