Therapies for internalised stigma

What is internalised stigma in people with bipolar disorder?

Internalised stigma occurs within an individual, such that a person’s attitude may reinforce a negative self-perception of mental disorders, resulting in reduced sense of self-worth, anticipation of social rejection, and a desire for social distance. Stigma can be an important barrier for people with bipolar disorder to seek out proper treatment. Also see the related topic on stigma under the course and outcomes category.

What is the evidence for therapies for internalised stigma?

Moderate to high quality evidence suggests a small effect of reduced internalised stigma with targeted interventions comprising psychoeducation and peer-led group discussion.

November 2021

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Last updated at: 5:30 pm, 7th November 2021
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