Diagnosis: The Burden of Stigma in Help Seeking

a 3-page paper that addresses the following:

  • Briefly explain Corrigan’s model of the stages of stigma and his recommendations and hierarchy about recovery.
  • Explain whether Delle’s experience follows that model. Use specific examples to argue your perspective. If you agree, identify which stage of recovery Delle is in.
  • Analyze Delle’s reports about his own experiences with both types of stigma. Provide specific examples, and in your analysis consider the following questions:
    • Does one type of stigma predominate in his talk?
    • Which of Delle’s personal values or beliefs were challenged by his internalizations about his own illness and help-seeking?
    • What strengths does he exhibit?
    • What was the primary benefit of his diagnosis?
  • Briefly explain what assessments or interventions might help an individual who has not recovered from self-stigma.
  • Using three articles from the required resources, explain how Delle’s experience of his illness, stigma, or access to care would change if he were of another race, gender, or culture.




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Social psychologists have come to define stigma as prejudice and discrimination which is created by the society. According to Corrigan’s model, there are various stigma stages and several recommended ways to recover from it. The first stage is awareness. In this stage, people believe that those with mental illnesses are weak. The second stage is the agreement one. This stage involves agreeing that it is correct that people who have mental illness are weak.

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