Do you think emotional problems often go untreated because people are afraid of being stigmatized or labeled?
On Thursday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew and former Rhode Island U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, an addict in recovery, talked about this very issue.
Kennedy explained, “I think one of the reasons why people feel so fearful of [any type of] illness is because they are so complex, because they involve who we are as people … there is nothing more sensitive than how we are reflected [upon] by our friends and family members and I think all of these things lead to stigma. Stigma is why people don't avail themselves for recovery.”
Dr. Drew added, “We don't like to think that there are disorders that can affect us or that our brain isn't a perfect instrument or that things can change our moods or motivational priorities ... We need to raise sophistication and understanding so there isn't this fear. The fear is built on ignorance.”