Stigma & Mental Illness – Adolescence

Stigmatization and self-perception of youth with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Bussing, R., & Mehta, A. S. (2013). Patient Intelligence 5,15-27.

Youth with ADHD face significant stigma in many forms, including public (expressed as prejudice and discrimination), personal (stigma suffered by family members or associates of individuals with ADHD), and self-stigma (stigmatized individual’s acceptance of negative views by others). Read article here.


Stigma experience among adolescents taking psychiatric medication. Kranke, D., Floersch, J., Townsend, L., & Munson, M. (2010). Children and Youth Services Review, 32(4), 496-505.

Studies adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 with mental illnesses and taking medications; 90 percent of the study’s participants reported experiencing some form of stigma, leading to shame, secrecy and limited social interactions. Read article here.


The impact of stigma on service access and participation. A guideline developed for the behavioral health recovery management project. Watson, A., & Corrigan, P. (2001). University of Chicago Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

This guide considers the phenomena of stigma, prejudice, and discrimination that leads to incomplete treatment participation, and summarizes specific strategies for dealing with the stigma of mental illness in an effort to enhance access to care. Read article here.