How does mental health stigma affect people in post-Soviet countries?

Mental stability and maintaining a healthy psychological state have become highly debated issues in recent years. The stigma and prejudice against mental illness are also inseparable from this topic. Such bias makes the lives of people suffering from mental disorders and their surroundings even more difficult and full of anxiety. This study is aimed at a more detailed study of the phenomenon of stigmatization and the fight against it in the post-Soviet space. The main thing that needs to be investigated is how stigma affects aspects of the lives of different residents individually, not just those who have a psychiatric diagnosis.  

In order for the conducted research to benefit the society and answer the main question posed, it was necessary to examine the perception of ordinary citizens of this topic, and also to study the secondary sources on the similar subject.The results indicate that almost every problem considering mental health is not treated as seriously as physical health, for example. So that is why these problems are not given due attention, and the suffering people are condemned by society. 

Key words: stigma, mental health, prejudice, mental disorders, perception, romanization of mental disorders, self-stigmatization, lexical ableism, psychotherapy. 

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