Author: Elizabeth Bogod

Top Five Emotional Difficulties for People with Learning Disabilities

1. Shame People growing up with a learning disability often feel a sense of shame. For some, it is a great relief to receive the diagnosis while for others the label only serves to further stigmatize them. For many adults, especially older adults, an accurate diagnosis was unavailable. These individuals were frequently labeled as mentally retarded, written off as being unable to learn, and most passed through the school system without acquiring basic academic skills. Sadly, these feelings of shame often cause the individual to hide their difficulties. Rather than risk being labeled as stupid or accused of being...

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Borderline Personality Disorder Label Creates Stigma

What’s in a name? In the disability community this question is a hot topic. In fact, the use of negative language has proven time after time to be a major influence on individual and public attitudes towards people with disabilities and as Dahl asserts often constitutes “a major barrier for people with disabilities”.3 However, despite progress being made to use less stigmatizing disability terms, psychiatry has not kept up with these changes. borderline personality disorder, listed in the Axis II section of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM IV), is an example of one such term and the focus of...

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