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Children with Depression or ADHD Not Free from Stigma
Children with depression or ADHD face stigma surrounding their diagnoses and treatments.
Tuesday May 1st - 8:29am
Children with depression or ADHD must grapple with the challenge of an illness - as well as stigma surrounding the diagnoses and their treatments. Among the Indiana University study's key findings,
These common misperceptions influence the advice people get from their friends, family, and even their doctors. They can lead to reluctance to seek help for a child in need, and deal a blow to a child's self-esteem.
"We see a kinder response toward children than adults with mental health problems," said IU sociologist Bernice Pescosolido. "However, the concerns about children's identity and opportunities being spoiled because they had challenges that could be helped by mental health treatment signal delays in treatment, misinformation and stigma."
The study was published in the May 2007 issue of Psychiatric Services.