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What is Stigma?

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    What is Stigma? | Who Can You Tell?
    Posted September 21, 2015

    Stigma is a degrading and debasing attitude of the society that discredits a person or a group because of an attribute (such as an illness, deformity, color, nationality, religion etc).

    The resulting coping behavior of affected person results in internalized stigma. This perceived or internalized stigma by the discredited person is equally destructive whether or not actual discrimination occurs.

    Stigma destroys a person’s dignity; marginalizes affected individuals; violates basic human rights; markedly diminishes the chances of a stigmatized person of achieving full potential; and seriously hampers pursuit of happiness and contentment.

    When stigma is associated with a medical condition or disability it prevents individuals from seeking evaluation and treatment, disclosing the diagnosis to the people most likely to provide support and in following treatment guidelines. Source



    Attached is an overview PDF article from Mayo Clinic on stigma in mental illness, where many of the same issues are found among some people living with Tourette Syndrome, for download / viewing / printing.
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