The Stigmatization of Schizophrenia

Maria Ivanova
2022 University of Ottawa Journal of Medicine  
The objective of the following systematic literature review was to analyze the current stigma surrounding schizophrenia in North America, its implications, as well as to suggest potential interventions. The current societal climate reveals that many individuals lack an understanding of the etiology and symptoms of schizophrenia, leading to a general negative bias towards individuals with this disease. Additionally, many misperceptions such as enhanced violent tendencies surround patients with
more » ... hizophrenia, exacerbating negative bias and actions such as avoidance. Suggestions to minimize stigma and its effects were made and include the renaming of schizophrenia, the use of virtual reality programs, the refinement of education programs, and an overall switch in how the media presents schizophrenia.
doi:10.18192/uojm.v11i2.6078 fatcat:lhs7ofvgpbcetnaihjhqfb4kna