Depression And Stigma In The Lancet

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By comparing the results of the relationship between depression and stigma in a study, it will provide evidence to why some people struggling with depression find it much harder to get rid of it. In The Lancet, Antonio Lasalvia and colleagues surveyed over 1000 adults with depression in over 35 different countries. In their investigation over 79% of the adults with depression said they had experienced discrimination and been stigmatized by their peers (Jorm and Reavley 2013:10). Around 30% of the adults said they stopped themselves from interacting with society and engaging in social activities because of anticipated discrimination (Jorm and Reavley 2013:10). Therefore the discrimination and stigma around depression acts as a barrier to help seeking. In another study done by Vankar and colleagues…show more content…
Therefore, the students would discriminate fellow colleagues based on the presence of depression (Vankar et al. 2014:246). Depressed students were more likely to be discriminated by their peers, and thus leading to the feeling of helpless and powerless. They were less likely to seek for help and treatment even though they felt that their need for psychological help was higher than other students. It was found that students with perceived stigmas about depression went to look for help and support than those without depression (Vankar et al. 2014:246). This study shows that there needs to be an increase in awareness about depression and support for those struggling. In conclusion, stigma and discrimination promotes the idea of weak and shameful for the person with depression, resulting in not searching for support and people not caring about those with depression and suicidal thoughts. With all the new things that stress people out so easily now, the amount of people with depression will increase and the lack of knowledge and care for depression still remains will result in higher depression and suicidal
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