Prejudice and Discrimination of the Mentally Ill

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Essay #: 053451
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Abstract
Stigma is a real problem for people who have mental health illnesses. Discrimination and prejudice often causes problems economically and socially for people who suffer from mental health disorders. The cause of stigma, discrimination, and prejudice toward people who have mental health disorders is often due to the portrayal of characters by media. Television is often portrays characters as violent, criminals, or psychopaths. This portrayal of characters often cause people to fear and mistrust people with mental illness.
Prejudice and Discrimination of the Mentally Ill
Approximately 26.2 percent of Americans have some type of mental illness or basically, one in four Americans has some type of mental illness (“Statistics,” 2009)....
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