The Burden of Stigma in Help Seeking

Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Social Work Practice Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Social Work Practice Program Transcript MALE SPEAKER: Most social workers are trained to be advocates for social justice, and they are aware of institutional and individual prejudices and discriminatory behaviors on the macro and meso levels of practice. Even without any professional experience of diagnosis, all of us are aware of instances where diagnostic labels are used, properly or randomly, and the power that these labels also have to intensify stigma, which can sometimes be seen as part of public stigma. As professional social workers, you will screen individuals for behavioral and mental disorders, formulating diagnostic working hypotheses, evaluating illness intensity, and communicating about a full diagnosis from the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, often referred to as the DSM-5. Throughout those processes, you will always need to be aware of how receiving a diagnosis or revealing a mental illness can affect a person’s life, their overall functioning, and, particularly, their sense of self-esteem. In addition to the more apparent concept of public stigma, then, is the additional and possibly less visible effect of a client’s self-stigma in the wake of diagnosis. This focus on self-stigma and its role in help-seeking, accessing care, and eventual outcomes for the individual can be forgotten by diagnosticians. Therefore, in your role as social worker, seek to assess how self-stigma affects the mental health of the individual and work to develop the knowledge to support individuals coping with their own automatic beliefs. In this way, you honor your ethical obligations and continue to advocate for your clients. So as you begin your journey learning about diagnosis and social work practice, remember the context, the macro and meso levels of practice, in which your diagnosis occurs. Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Social Work Practice Additional Content Attribution FOOTAGE: on_SOCW6101_he_EN Credit: Laureate Education, Inc. GettyLicense_146203540 (Homeless man) Credit: [lewkmiller]/[Creatas Video+ / Getty Images Plus]/Getty Images WAL_SOCW6210_07_A_EN Credit: Laureate Education, Inc. © 2018 Laureate Education, Inc. 1 Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Social Work Practice WAL_SOCW6361_03_A_EN Credit: Laureate Education, Inc. GettyLicense_178598297 (Group health) Credit: [monkeybusinessimages]/[iStock / Getty Images Plus]/Getty Images GettyLicense_178736564 (Mental health) Credit: [monkeybusinessimages]/[iStock / Getty Images Plus]/Getty Images GettyLicense_541975802 (Group Mental health) Credit: [g-stockstudio]/[iStock / Getty Images Plus]/Getty Images WAL_SOCW6121_08_A_EN Credit: Laureate Education, Inc. MUSIC: SC_Light&Bright06_T32 and/or SC_Business01_T41 Credit: Studio Cutz © 2018 Laureate Education, Inc. 2 …





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