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Fighting Mental Illness Stigma in Children and Teens

Posted on June 11, 2014 in Teen Mental Health

Fighting Mental Illness Stigma in Children and Teens

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mental illness is defined as “health conditions that are characterized by alterations in thinking, mood or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.” Because mental illness is a long-term condition, these difficulties can persist year after year. When a young person with mental illness feels stigmatized, the ongoing feelings of shame and guilt can be devastating.

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