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Mentally Ill Patients are Affected by Their Own Negative Perceptions

Individuals often are culturally labeled as a mentally ill person, which can affect negatively their social and psychological well-being. This may result in a higher rate of unemployment, lower earnings and greater feelings of demoralization.

Each year, one in four U.S. adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

In a recently published Social Psychology Quarterly study, Dr. Amy Kroska, Kent State associate professor of sociology, examined how the stigma of mental illness affects patients who have recently been diagnosed with a mental disorder.

Specifically, she found that patients perceptions of the mentally ill affect the way they see themselves and that these perceptions may exacerbate their mental illness.


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