Stigma

Stigma

  There are still many myths, misconceptions and false beliefs about earing disorders, which we find widespread in society, and being difficult to eradicate because they are linked to the stigma associated with mental illness. They can build hindering factors in seeking help and support an attempt to mitigate feelings of guilt and shame. Thus, stereotypes can construct obstacles in the prevention field, and may influence family and friends in the act of caring, in their ways of being and perceiving, where judgment and criticism may be present.

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  The stigma on the caregiver family is more important as a predictor fact in the results obtained than it is estimated on the sick person. Stigma, perceived low levels of support, concerns about the consequences of illness, and the attribution of illness to the personality of the sick person contribute to the negative experience of caring for someone with eating disorders.