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The Stigma of Mental Health

I have always fancied myself a Humanitarian and this is why.

By Emily AurelienPublished 8 months ago 3 min read
The Stigma of Mental Health
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Have you ever heard of the word stigma? The shame of a particular circumstance, being marked as different this is a sad fact in our society. Being told there is something wrong with being different. Feeling different in a certain way.

In our society, if you aren't a barbie girl, or a ken boy you are nothing. If you don't look and act a certain way you are marked with the stigma by association, or shire bad circumstance.

For example, I was diagnosed with Bipolar with moderate depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD looking at me you wouldn't think I had these things. You would think I was a well-up to getting the success I desired for years. Yet, skin only goes skin deep. I am on the right treatment, and have a good support system in my husband. But because of bad stigma about people with mental illness for school shootings, or worse have been put on me.

Now in the society we so see ourselves at the top of the world. We don't see the struggles of others maybe because we don't want to see.

My husband as I have said many times calls me his lil humanitarian. He isn't lying at all.

I always thought that mental health awareness isn't educated more, it's hushed behind closed doors.

Mental illness is almost looked down upon even now. There are still mistreated patients who undergo forced treatments without the doctor's listening thinking they know what's best.

The stigma of this, is as bad as it seems. If we sweep mental illness under the rug how can you ignore it? Mental illness is just a chemical imbalance in the mind most of them at least.

We all might have struggles but it's never noticeable to anyone around us, doesn't mean we aren't at war with ourselves.

In conclusion, I believe that people need to educate themselves on mental health before rising the stigma worse.


Emily's life has never been easy, not until recently when her whole world changed she became free. She lost so much but gained so much in the end. Emily has had so many struggles in life, but somehow everything ends up going as it should. She is happily married to her husband living a happy life, everything is changing constantly in her life yet one thing never has faded her love for writing. Nothing has been easy then again the hard lessons never are. I have a great book cover designer JV Arts.

She lost everything when it came to her family but she couldn't be a part of that life. So she forged her own path, though never easy she never gives.

Emily was employed at a hotel where she was a laundry girl, and never got to work the front desk as promised. She writes full time as well, and is working towards owning her own publishing company called Aurelien Publishing.

As time went on, all the times she was told she couldn't hold down a job, all of them saying that she proved them wrong. She proved them wrong, but for herself and no one else.

Right now she is working on two projects this year, and she plans on publishing them soon.

Emily is an animal lover, and enjoys a good book. She is addicted to coffee and Chai Lattes.

She wants her Readers to know that she has a good life, and her life doesn't revolve around writing 100% of the time.

As time went on she found herself finally with her husband. Her husband is a US green card holder, and life has been great to them.


About the Creator

Emily Aurelien

The Struggle is real. Just once would I like to win a writing Challenge.

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  • Canuck Scriber8 months ago

    Yes, there is a lot of brain washing with stigma. My academic background is psychology. I think it would do the world a difference to have structural foundations in understanding and less media hype on the topic. Once upon a time it was not a pop culture topic, I think that makes a difference. Great Article.

  • Colt Henderson8 months ago

    Many people think that in order to have problems, physical or mental, means you can see it. They are wrong. There needs to be more education on it.

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