Stigma-discrimination complex associated with major depressive disorder

Adalberto Campo-Arias, Edwin Herazo, Guillermo Augusto Ceballos-Ospino
2019 Revista de la Facultad de Medicina  
Dear Editor:Throughout history, the stigma-discrimination complex (SDC) has been associated with serious mental disorders such as those on the spectrum of schizophrenia, where symptoms, side effects and impaired social functioning are difficult to conceal. (1) For its part, SDC related to major depressive disorder (MDD) is a growing phenomenon even though its clinical characteristics are easy to hide or are less evident in the social sphere (2,3); in these cases, said association may have more
more » ... tion may have more negative effects on people's lives than the disorder itself. (4,5) Consequently, the Depression Stigma Scale (DSS) was designed to quantify the relationship between SDC and MDD (SDC-MDD). This is a Likert scale consisting of two subscales with nine items each. The first addresses the issue of attitude towards people who meet criteria for MDD, i.e. perceived stigma, and the second, the anticipated attitude for MDD, i.e. personal stigma or self-stigma. (6)
doi:10.15446/revfacmed.v67n4.72529 fatcat:33jlrh7fw5ahvb26lqlmlcix5i