Despite the fact that mental illness has been a social taboo for many years, according to Karen Dougherty, Clinical Psychologist, it is “as common as the common cold.” Serious depression will affect almost half the population at one time or another. Parents and children alike are labeled as ADD or ADHD which are mental disorders. Why are these disorders more acceptable than others? The answer lies with education and mass understanding. The more information there is about a mental illness, the more people speak of it. Increased education decreases the mystery and fear surrounding mental illnesses, making them more acceptable and removing the stigma.
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