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    Although America is looked at as a melting pot and an accepting nation we have always kept it in the back of our minds that this isn’t exactly true. Americans truly are not as accepting as others think. People

    The Stigma of Mental Illness and Race in America

    Although America is looked at as a melting pot and an accepting nation we have always kept it in the back of our minds that this isn't exactly true. Americans truly are not as accepting as others think. People...

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    • Olivia, I really enjoyed reading your post. It shows how educated you are about this topic. Right away, I liked your first sentence, how America being an accepting place isn’t exactly true. I believe that people look at people with mental illness as a threat, like you cannot trust them. They do not understand what is going on in their head so think they are completely different from people without mental illness. Some even look at people with mental disabilities different. say, someone with downs syndrome or someone with autism. They act a little bit different than others, so we judge them. If people would take the time to learn about these illnesses and disabilities, maybe we wouldn’t be so judgemental to them. Also, mental illness is becoming more common these days, “New research, from our laboratory and from others around the world, however, suggest mental illnesses are so common almost everyone will develop at least one diagnosable disorder at some point in their life” (Reuben). This scares me a little but maybe that means America will become more accepting?

    • Olivia,
      I really like when you said “Americans look at people with mental illness as less because they have to take medications to be ‘normal'”. I liked this because having to take medications to seem normal hits close to home for me. I know what it is like be belittled by those around me for my mental illness. While my illness is not as severe as the Jokers, people can become scared or very standoff-ish when they find out. Thank you for writing about this because a lot of people glaze over this topic because of its controversial tendencies.

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