Stigma and Counseling

“… self-stigma will often undermine self-efficacy, resulting in a “why try” attitude that can worsen prospects of recovery. Further, as people begin to experience symptoms of their mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression, stigma may cause some people to try to avoid, separate from or suppress these feelings, all of which have been linked to the worsening of well-being. “

What is stigma, and why does it matter? Michael Friedman, Ph.D. talks about how ‘The Stigma of Mental Illness is Making Us Sicker” in Psychology Today: