- Bressert, Steve, Ph.D. “Borderline Personality Disorder: Symptoms & Treatment.” Psych Central. N.p., 06 Mar. 2017. Web. 25 Apr. 2017.
Background: This source goes on to explain the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder and the diagnosis of the disease.
How I Used It: I used this source to read up more about Borderline Personality Disorder and incorporate that into my essay.
2. Cornwall, PhD Michael. “I Don’t Believe in Mental Illness, Do You?” Mad In America. N.p., 30. Sept. 2015. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article is about the Michael Cornwall’s argument against mental illness, and how it’s more madness than illness. He goes on to explain how he doesn’t believe that medication should be used for the illnesses which he doesn’t even believe in. He argues that they are human rights abuses, the force of medication for mental issues. He also goes on say he is prejudiced against his beliefs that mental illness isn’t real.
How I Used This: I used this article in my rebuttal argument to argue against what Cornwall says about how mentally ill people are simply mad, because they are not mad, they are ill. They have a disorder and refute Cornwall’s arguments by using my own personal experiences with mental illness.
3. “Cost of Not Caring: Stigma Set in Stone.” USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 12 Jan. 2015. Web. 25 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article goes into the effects of no one caring about mental illness and how it takes a toll on the mentally ill all escalates the problem rather than fixing the issue.
How I Used It: I used this article to explain the negative effects of the stigma and how it is affecting the mentally ill community and making it harder for them to receive the help they need to manage their illness.
4. Davey, Graham C.L., Ph.D. “Mental Health & Stigma.” Psychology Today. N.p., 20 Apr. 2013. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.
Background: This article goes on to talk about the stigma itself against mental illness, and how prominent it is. It explains how society is a large factor in the stigma and how the attitudes foster discrimination towards people with mental health problems. It explains what the stigma is and gives information about studies that stigmatize. It also goes on to explain who holds the stigmatizing beliefs, what factors cause stigma, why it matters, and how we can eliminate stigma.
How I Used This: I used this article to let the readers know what the stigma is and how we can work on eliminating it. I explain how the factors of stigmatizing someone with a mental illness can lead to them doing unthinkable acts towards themselves and not reach out for help because of the fear of being discriminated against, which leads into why the stigma matters in this day and age.
5. “The Effect of Stigma.” See Change. N.p., 29 July 2013. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.
Background: This article tells the effect of stigma and the impact it has on society and the economy. It lists what the effects of each piece of the stigma is effecting today’s society in a negative way towards the mentally ill, and then in an economic way which explains how the mentally ill are effected financially as well.
How I Used It: I used this article to use statistics and information about how the mentally ill population has a tough time getting through in the world. They do not have the same advantages as the neuro-typical population and this article helps me explain that.
6. Gluck, Samantha. “Stigma and Discrimination: The Effect of Stigma.” Healthyplace. N.p., 29. Dec. 2015. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.
Background: This article explains how the stigma on mental illness effects those with mental illness. It goes on to explain how they are discriminated against and the toughness they deal with in coming forward about their illness.
How I Used It: I used this to explain to my readers how tough of a time mentally ill people have in the world due to the stigma, and how it can worsen their illness by keeping them in the shadows.
7. Hosier, David, MSc. “Borderline Personality Disorder – 3 Infographics to Help Explain It.” Childhood Trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder, CPTSD, Hypnosis and Recovery. David Hosier MSc, 16 Nov. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2017.
Background: This source goes into detail about one of the most stigmatized disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder. It gives statistics, facts, and stigmas against the illness.
How I Used It: I used this one to explain the severity of borderline personality disorder and the effects it can cause on those who have it. It can affect their lives for the worse, myself being one of them.
8. “Mental Health Medications.” National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Oct. 2016. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.
Background: This article goes into explain the medication piece of mental illness. It explains what certain medications do and the different kinds that can be prescribed to the patients.
How I Used It: This article helped me prove how medication plays a key role in mental illness, and the legitimacy of mental illness because of the medication that goes into helping the symptoms be controlled.
9. “Mentalism (discrimination).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 25 Feb. 2017. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article explains what Mentalism is, a form or discrimination and oppression towards the mentally ill.
How I Used It: I used this article to explain what mental illness discrimination is and how it can affect the mentally ill populations lives.
10. Tracy, Natasha. “Biological Evidence for Depression – Mental Illness Exists | Breaking Bipolar.” HealthyPlace. America’s Mental Health Channel, 7 Apr. 2011. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.
Background: This article explains all of the medical and technical terms and explanation of mental illness and the medications, genes, and statistics that go into it.
How I Used It: I used the article to prove that there are medical and physical factors that go into the realness of mental illness, such as serotonin levels, genes, and neuroimaging.
11. Wyatt, Randall C. “Thomas Szasz on Freedom and Psychotherapy.” Thomas Szasz Interview. N.p., 2001. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.
Background: This article is a rebuttal against mental illness. The interviewee goes on to explain how mental illness does not exist which is perfect for my rebuttal argument.
How I Used It: I was able to argue against Szasz on his views on mental illness by disproving his claims in my rebuttal argument.
12. Personal Experience
Background: Through my own personal experience with mental illness, I’ve come to learn that the early stages of coming to terms with a mental illness can be the most difficult because you are afraid of the stigmas. You’re afraid that no one will understand or they will brush it off and you won’t get the help you need.
How I Used It: I used this in my causation argument with the “hypothetical” situation the girl is in. I tell about how she has an illness but she’s afraid of the reactions of her friends and family so she refuses to get help. She then attempts suicide, so that goes on to explain how the stigma can end lives even.
13. Personal Experience
Background: One of my friends told me a story about how she was denied to go on her senior trip, even though she had paid for it, because she had attempted suicide. Even though she was out discharged from all of her programs, in school full time, and considered stable, the school wouldn’t let her go. She was also not refunded.
How I Used It: I used this as a starting point in the essay to start thinking about how the stigma affected my friends, mostly as a set in stone piece of a reasoning that the stigma does exist.
14. Personal Experience
Background: In my therapy program there is this man, who shared his life story during the 1:15 PM group in the end of the day. He went on a shared how because of his illness he lost his job, he lost his home, and he lost his family. He was living on the streets of New York City, searching for food, a place to sleep, etc. His bipolar disorder and depression was something that held him back, and not many people were understanding of it. It was a powerful story that made me think.
How I Used It: I was baffled when I heard the story and how this man was being treated because of his illness which made me pour more passion into the essay in itself.
15. Greg Miller, Therapist at Princeton House, Young Adult Process Group
Background: This is a simply fact but I found it very powerful. 75% of all Americans have some sort of qualification for mental illness.
How I Used It: I used it to open my essay to open up people’s minds about the subject at hand.