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Arjuna Nagendran

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What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?

What things make you fearful of mental health disorders? And what experiences have made you more comfortable with it?

In the quest to dispell stigma, how can we help our society grow out of its fear?

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  • Oct 16 2012: Meeting genuine people with disorders helps significantly, studying psychology at A-level also helped as I looked at the causes, symptoms and treatments of both Schizophrenia and depression. It dispels an unbelievable number of stigmas and assumptions, the modern media is the main problem in my opinion. The general population isn't going to move past its stereotypical view of a mental disorder such as Schizophrenia when the only time they ever hear about it is on the one occasion that somebody with the disorder is especially violent or dangerous. One important sentence my teacher said that turned that stigma around was that the voices that some schizophrenics can hear are very rarely telling them to hurt other people, in fact it's more common that they tell that individual to hurt themselves than another though still uncommon.

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