Forbes Magazine recently covered a study that involved 12 million people – of these, 240,000 were diagnosed with depression, yet less than 36% reported not seeking treatment. The study’s results indicated that social stigma is a key barrier to people not seeking the help they truly need; although the discussion of mental illness has become more open over the past few years, there is still a lot of misunderstanding surrounding various disorders. If you haven’t sought treatment due to fears of stigma or not receiving adequate treatment, you’re not alone. Not all programs have the best success rate, and this can lead many people to fear wasting their time – and money – in a promising program that doesn’t really promise a lot.
Stigma affects those with both a mental illness or an addiction – for example, it’s not uncommon to see those with a personality disorder depicted in the media as “crazy”, “unpredictable”, or even “dangerous”. Likewise, those with addiction may be labeled as “lazy” or “selfish”, neither of which are true for many cases. When this occurs, even individuals who work in the healthcare field may become apprehensive about the effectiveness of treatment for a person with a particular disorder, or they may fear that person altogether.
A 2014 study that involved a public opinion survey with 709 respondents found that there are significantly more negative views held about those with addiction over those with mental illness – especially towards those who could become married in their family or work closely with them on the job. The reality is that despite the negativity, stigma only prevents people from seeking the help they need; in fact, stigma can worsen someone’s condition due to ostracization and lack of support. Most often, people with a mental disorder or addiction just want someone to understand where they’re coming from – to show them love and support. Many people in this category have lost loved ones due to misunderstandings and stigma.
If you or a loved one are seeking treatment, speak with a reputable treatment center that has a proven track record for helping others. Read up on reviews and assess how you feel when you’re talking to people from the treatment center’s healthcare team. This can give you some valuable insight into whether or not you should move forward with them.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.