Theories Of Labelling

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A mental disorder is a medical condition which disrupts a person’s ability to think, to feel, to relate to others, his/her mood and daily functioning. More clearly, a mental disorder or a psychological disorder is a psychological dysfunction associated with distress or impairment in functioning and a response that is not typical or culturally expected (Durand et al, 2006). According to National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH); a mental illness is a mental, behavioural or emotional disorder which is diagnosable and can be treated. There are innumerable mental disorders which can be named; like major depression, schizophrenia, panic disorder, etc. In the world, everyday, people who are diagnosed with a mental disorder is increasing. According…show more content…
Basically it is a sociological theory which describes individuals in terms of behavioural characteristics. Usually it is linked with stereotyping. And one of the most common labelling is for diagnosis of a mental disorder. Labelling theory of mental illness is an important framework for understanding the effects of stigma associated with the devalued status of person with mental illness (Lemert et al., 1951). Labelling affects individuals to really understand the mental disorder and their consequences. As a result of labelling of mental disorders, people are seen as “being” mentally ill instead of “having” a mental illness (Pasman, 2011). Labelling of mental illness has both positive and negative implications on people who are suffering from a mental disorder. In this essay, the psychological implications for individuals who are receiving a diagnostic label is explained by considering people who are suffering from…show more content…
Labelling an individual who is having a mental illness has both positive and negative implications. It can be labelling but labelling of metal illness has positive implications as well. As far as its positive consequences are concerned, an illness label can carry important information and facilitate help-seeking and communication between people with mental illness and mental health service professionals (Wright et al., 2007). So, a label can save a patient’s life and help them to seek help and treatment. According to Pasman (2011), labelling of mental illness can provide relief and self-justification when one acts in ways that are socially unacceptable, it helps one get access to the right treatment and support programs, and it engenders understanding. It also have some positive effect on self efficacy and thus improve treatment outcomes. Rosenfield (1997) suggested that being labeled may improve a person’s self concept and allow them to successfully move forward with coping strategies specific to their illness. Besides, some studies showed that, some patients who are suffering from depression welcomed the label of depression because they preferred that depression was recognised as a “real illness” (Barney et al.,

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