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When Health Care Professionals Think Support Will ‘Encourage’ Mental Illness

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In my experience (and many other people’s experience, I’m sure), mental health is still stigmatized. Unfortunately, this stigma seems to be worse in the health care system than it is in society.

There seems to be two common misconceptions. The first one being that mental health patients want attention. They “act out” for attention.

They seek medical care for attention. They make more appointments than is necessary — for attention, of course. The second major misconception is that by offering support (often mislabeled as attention), you are encouraging the patient, both in their pursuit of attention and in the continuation of their mental illness.

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