Why do you think mental illness is stigmatized in today's society?
It is very much a disease just like cancer yet many people do not accept it as a true illness and often comment that people who have mental illness "should just get over themselves". You would never tell someone with cancer to "just get over it".
I think because people can't SEE that people who have mental illness are sick, that's why it's so stigmatized.
What are your thoughts on all this?
Ignorance and lack of compassion. Sad reality.
MUCH less so than in the past. Perhaps progress or perhaps just better treatments reduce the stigma.
What do you mean stigmatized in "today's society?" Mental illness has always been a stigmatized illness. Remember institutions? asylums?
I think it's because we don't know much about the brain. We know and can see cancer. We know heart disease. What we still don't know is how the brain works. How can someone who looks perfectly "normal" and perfectly "healthy" not be well? A lot of people think that those suffering from debilitating depression or bipolar disorder can will themselves out of it; or that it's "all in the head."
It's never NOT been stigmatized.
OP, it's because mental illness is NOT like cancer or other diseases.
The psychological community came up with that analogy to try to decrease the stigma of mental illness, but it is a false analogy.
There you go OP. It's because of ignorant people like r5 that mental illness will always be stigmatized.