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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Stigma

There is a great stigma about discussing one’s own mental health in our society. . .

This is a serious problem, especially in academia.

There is an even greater stigma attached to discussing your digestive troubles at work. Or sexual dysfunction. Or reproductive issues. Or any illness, to be honest. 

I have to confess that I wouldn’t be super happy if colleagues started regaling me with any details of their medical histories. The only thing I welcome even less is hearing about the health issues of students. 

God, can nothing just be private any more? Not every issue of one’s personal life requires a discussion group in the workplace. 

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6 thoughts on “Stigma

  1. Alex on said:

    People have gone WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too far with “The personal is political.”

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  2. JProf on said:

    I promise to try to fight this stigma in academia by asking colleagues to talk about their mental health issues at the first department meeting in the fall. 🙂

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  3. Dreidel on said:

    The article you linked to is the sort of hypersensitive baloney that’s quite common in academic circles nowadays. Essentially EVERYBODY who’s working hard to obtain an advanced post-graduate degree feels stressed out, anxious, and depressed at some point during their studies. That’s called “life” — it isn’t called”mental illness.”

    A teacher’s jobs is to teach, not to give everybody a warm hug and play amateur shrink.

    The article reminds me of a “research project” done by a team of psychiatrists some years ago that said that virtually ALL U.S. presidents were mentally ill at some stage during their presidency because they all felt strong emotions about something or other. By that standard, every human being who isn’t a borderline personality disorder is crazy. Absurd!

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    • Yes, finding a list of symptoms of mental illness and then “diagnosing” someone to “prove” they are mentally ill is a baby trick (maybe that’s disrespectful to babies…).

      More and more, the internet is devolving into media hyptnotizing gullible people with warmed over techniques of manipulation that I’d thought people had gotten over decades ago…. apparently not.

      There is no human existence as liquid as the womb (and none so confining) yet it seems that people are determined to infantilize themselves with this nonsense.

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