Why is mental illness so controversial? Part 1 – Recent examples

Media coverage of medicine is usually positive, often about advances in understanding or therapeutic breakthroughs. In contrast, psychiatry reportage tends to be negative. Some of this can be attributed to the stigmatisation of people with mental illness, but much of the criticism is aimed at psychiatrists and indeed the whole … Continue reading

Deadly stigma? Does the stigma of mental illness kill people?

People with a mental illness die on average about 10-15 years earlier than people without one. The evidence is probably strongest, as it often is, for schizophrenia – because that condition tends to get the most research funding. Ten years ago, Hennekens and colleagues showed that people with schizophrenia had … Continue reading