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Mental Illness: Stigma and Discrimination

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Maddison Schiller

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Where and how do we see it?
What is Discrimination?
Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases, and affects memory, judgment, thinking, language, and behavior.

Often irreversible.

Risk of developing increases with age.

Chronic, severe, disabling brain disorder.

Terrifies the individual suffering.

Runs within families.

24 million people, equal in men and women.
Discrimination is defined as the unfair treatment of a person due to said person's identity.

87% of mentally ill feel they have been discriminated against.

College/Job Applications
Health Care Facilities
Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What is Mental Illness?
Real Life Example
A medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

Diminished Capacity

Affects Anyone

Five Sectors
Mood Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Eating Disorders

Film Critic

New York Times

Yale University

Columbia School of Journalism
Mental Illness: Stigma and Discrimination
By: Maddison Schiller
"God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them."
- Genesis 1:27
"The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God."
- Catechism of the Catholic Church Para. 1700
Rights and Responsibilities
Source of strength for others
Mood Disorders
Any of several psychological disorders characterized by abnormalities of emotional state.

9.5% of US adults.


Major Depressive Disorder
Dysthymic Disorder
Cyclothymic Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Everyday stress becomes overwhelming in day-to-day life.

Most common mental illness in the United States (20% of the population)


Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Panic Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Eating Disorders
CCC 2280
"Everyone is responsible for his own life before God... We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us."
Grave Matter
Full Knowledge
Deliberate Consent
Extreme thoughts, emotions, and behaviors surrounding weight, food, and body shape.

20 million women, 10 million men.

Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa
Binge Eating Disorder
Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (ED-NOS)
Bipolar Disorder

"Reduces me to a diagnosis"


“You better get yourself together psychologically or your stomach is never going to get any better.”
Juliann Garey
"Whoever suffers from mental illness
bears God’s image and likeness in themselves, as does every human being. In addition, they
have the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore a person, but also to be treated as such."

John Paul II
The Church
The World has Noticed
3,700 hours a year

Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill - United Kingdom

TV Shows - Homeland and Girls

Celebrities speak out
We have the Answer

Sharing of Stories

Posters and Quotes
Alzheimer's Association. (2014). What is dementia? Retrieved from http://www.alz.org/what-is- dementia.asp
Catechism of the Catholic Church. (1999). New York: Burns and Oates.
Canadian Mental Health Association. (2104). Stigma and discrimination. Retrieved from http://ontario.cmha.ca/mental-health/mental-health-conditions/stigma-and-discrimination/
Garey, J. (2013). When doctors discriminate. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/opinion/sunday/when-doctors- discriminate.html?_r=0
Gustafson, L. (1996). What is dementia? Retrieved from http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.1111%2Fj.16000404.1996.tb00367.x?r3_refer er=wol
John XXIII. Vatican II. Pacem in terris. (1963, April 11). Retrieved from <http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_xxiii/encyclicals/documents/hf_j- xxiii_enc_11041963_pacem_en.html>
Mental Illnesses. Retrieved from http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=By_Illness
Mission Peak UU Congregation. (2012). Myths and stereotypes about those with mental disorders. Retrieved from http://www.mpuuc.org/mentalhealth/myths.html
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National Institute of Mental Health.(n.d.). The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental- disorders-in-america/index.shtml
New American Bible. (1986). Australia: World Catholic Press.
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Time to Change (2008). Mental health statistics, facts, and myths. Retrieved from http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-statistics-facts
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2014). Human life and dignity. Retrieved from http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/index.cfm
United Nations Cyberschoolbus (2013). Understanding Discrimination. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/discrim/id_8_ud_race.asp
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