Contradictions In Mental Health: Stigma, Mental Health Literacy And Disclosure (Or Not) Of A Mental Disorder Diagnosis.


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Mental Health Literacy, Mental Disorder Stigma, disclosure of mental disorder diagnosis, medical sociology of mental illnesses


Mental illnesses affect 25% of any given population. The literacy of human population about mental health doesn’t not much the scientific knowledge available about Mental disorders (MDs). Developed countries invest in mental health less than their 9% of their GDPs. There is a contradiction, or discrepancy, between the incidence of MD in human population and how human societies react about them. This discrepancy has long been evident in the literature of medical sociology. In this article we analyze three medical sociology related concepts that have been coined to understand this contradiction: first, mental health literacy; second, stigma of mental ailments; and finally, the disclosure (or not) of the diagnosis of a mental illness. With this article we try to solve short use of these concepts in medical sociology in Spanish.


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