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Depression Disability & Mental Illness stigma

Updated on January 2, 2013

Depression, Disability & mental Illness stigma- Disability is often thought of as being physical you see people in a wheel chair and you immediately think of incapacity. Think again A wheel chair does not mean the person is incapacitated so that for instance he cannot be a university Professor. Take out Law School here at QUT there is a Professor of long standing that is an exceptional academic and has produced and continues to produce several books and papers on the law. He has been commended both at University State Federal and international as having exceptional teaching skills.

Often though it is the invisible things the intangible things that for some unknown reason affect us the most. And so it is with mental illness we can see the symptoms but not the cause. For instance with a broken leg we can say that it was injured in an accident or something similar. Whereas with Mental Illness the cause is far more cryptic. Schizophrenia or manic depression is often genetic related in that it is passed on by one parents but not always so well that is the knowledge we know so far. We also know that a lot more research needs to be done in this area. finding a cure too for both these debilitating mental states should be a high priority as it affects the person and his family and other relationships profoundly.

Bipolar Disorder

This disorder can be very anti-social and is second only to schizophrenia in the order of magnitude of mental illness. I guess I might as well come out and say ive been diagnosed with that most unsocial of conditions bipolar disorder. Fortunately in recent years the severity and length of my episodes has been less severe than in my thirties when the consequences were quite severe. As well now I know the tell tale signs when an onset of an attack is about to erupt.

Often people with bipolar are intelligent and for the most part artistic and friendly people who have an acute probably over sensitive and moody nature. With proper supervision a productive life can be had.

It is known that Winston Churchill suffered from Bipolar. This was in a times when Lithium was not discovered.


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    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      7 years ago from Queensland Australia


      So very true this Stigma is crippling and represents ignorance, and is a contributing factor to the suffering in itself...

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      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Depression and mental disabilities are one of those things very hard to diagnose. Unfortunately, that means so many go without the help. And so many don't seek help because they don't want to be known as having one. Interesting hub!

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      sounds like the military are convniently using Bipolar as away to opt out of responsibility ?

    • Army Infantry Mom profile image

      Army Infantry Mom 

      9 years ago

      The ones I know personally have gone through exstensive exams and testing for bipolar and ect. when they first signed up for the Military and all were given the all clear. I have also learned that if a Service Member is diganosed with bipolar it is nolonger covered under their medical, ptsd is. Just makes a person wonder if they are being misdiganosed,.We all know,..our guys and gals gets the crappy end of the stick nearly every time.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Army Infantry Mom War service would have aggravated any bipolar condition...

    • Army Infantry Mom profile image

      Army Infantry Mom 

      9 years ago

      This is really good information,.. I have just started researching bipolar illness,..It came to my attention, many soldiers who were diganosed with PTSD were rediganosed with bipolar,which I found confusing. Thanks for sharing,.. I learned a few things !!!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile image


      9 years ago

      Hi, I will have to agree that people with bipolar definitely are intelligent. My hub "Famous people with bipolar" proves there are scores of tremendously talented musicians, rock stars, comedians like Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Sting, and even former President Abraham Lincoln (thou his was depression). I personally suffer from bipolar and have written 2 books. But the maintaining: really...It's important where you live, if you live alone or with others, what type of job you have, etc. I don't experience Extreme mania but my depression stinks. Good job for educating people! :-)- a fellow smart bipolar person

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      thanks billaustindillon for you comment !

    • ladyjane1 profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      Interesting hub and very accurate, Depression runs in my immediate family and even a couple of generations back. I appreciate you info. Cheers.

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      9 years ago

      Very interesting hub BArry that asks a lot of interesting question a bout how we are led to think on these illnesses

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      Jen King 

      9 years ago from Wyandotte Michigan

      Ah, a fellow sufferer.

      My BP has been under control just long enough now that I'm starting to think... I just might have it right this time. ;)

      Thanks for the hub Barry!

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      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      New scientific research connects these disorders with endocrine imbalance, most often thyroid ...Well - thyroid problem (as well as other hormonal problems) runn in families, so that is the reason why BP and shizoprenia were thought to be genetical / inherited. Majority of people with "mental illness" has pure endocrine problem, which causes chaos in mind and emotions. So why people who have these problem do not get healed? Because of above mentioned medications that never solve initial problem, and after years of using them is not always wise to quit.

      Thumbs up for your Hub, Barry.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      thanks for your important comment

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 

      9 years ago from India

      Great hub - and how true! Too often, people with these disorders are put on strong medication that sedates more than calms. So much research needs to be done - and so little actually is in this regard!


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