Another person on the panel said that the three most stigmatized mental illnesses were schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, and borderline personality disorder (BPD). Based on my experience, I would agree. In journalism, it’s okay to suffer from depression or bipolar disorder. Many journalists have come forward about their diagnosis with one of these disorders. BPD, however, remains taboo.
For example, according to a National Mental Health Association (NMHA) survey, only 27% of the general public believes that successful treatment exists for schizophrenia, compared to 47% of caregivers and 58% of people with schizophrenia. Fifty percent of the general population thinks people with depression can hold jobs and 49% of the general population thinks people with depression can raise families, but only 14% of the general public feels that a person with schizophrenia can do either.