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One In Three Family Members Of Those With Serious Mental Illness Feel Stigmatized

According to a recent survey, 34.7% of family members who have a relative with serious mental illness (SMI) feel stigmatized by association. Participants who live with a relative with SMI were much more likely to report significantly higher levels of stigma by association. This kind of stigma is defined as feeling disgrace or public disapproval regarding being linked to their relative’s mental health condition. For the survey, SMI includes the following conditions: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, “other psychotic disorder,” …

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