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Stigma, Education, and Understanding in Mental Illness

Professor David Porteous notes that there is an unnecessary stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders, which impedes our understanding.
The ethical considerations are considerable and I think that it's right and proper that there is a very careful ethical review as to how clinical studies, prospective and retrospective, are conducted. I don't see there being any particular additional ethical constraints researching in the area of schizophrenia over, say, heart disease. But what we do need to do is have a more open policy in discussing these sorts of problems in lay circles, in the media, and in education circles as a whole. We've achieved that for cancer, over the last generation or so, from it being a condition you just did not discuss to one which we now readily discuss because understand it so much better and that's a transformation that I'd like to see hopefully in my lifetime and certainly over the next generation's lifetime in the area of major mental illness.
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