December 20, 2004

Patrick Corrigan Speaks About Stigma and MI Treatment

Dr. Patrick Corrigan is a well-known expert on the stigma around mental illness, and co-author (with Robert Lundin) of the book "Don't Call Me Nuts! Coping With The Stigma of Mental Illness." In this interview with Medscape Psychiatry, he speaks about the different kinds of stigma that are prevalent in our society today, originating both from the well public and from people with illnesses themselves, what effects stigma has on mental illness treatment, and what might be the best way to dispel it. Dr Corrigan provides some excellent and practical information in this article - I highly recommend it.

The following is the editor's introduction to the interview - please click on the link below to view the entire interview at the Medscape site.

Source: Medscape Psychiatry and Mental Health, Dec 9 2004

Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health 9(2), 2004. © 2004 Medscape

Posted 12/09/2004

Editor's Note:
The stigmatization of people with mental illness is widespread in our society. What is stigma? How does it negatively affect patient outcomes and how can it be reduced? Randall F. White, MD, contributing writer at Medscape, interviewed Patrick W. Corrigan, PsyD, about these issues. Dr. Corrigan is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Northwestern University and Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, both in Evanston, Illinois. He and his collaborators work at the forefront of understanding the stigmatization of people with mental illness in our society.


I attended the NAMI Conference in Mpls. and want to thank you for your part in that day. You mentioned that we could email you for notes. I tried to use the email you gave us but it does not work. I tried taking as many notes as I could that day but would appreciate your outline or material as stigma is a big concern to those of us who work with people who are committed as "mentally ill and dangerous". Thank you!

Posted by: Pat Kuehl at January 11, 2006 08:05 AM

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