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I recently sat down with Dr. Patrick Corrigan, Psy.D, a distinguished professor of psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, to talk about the stigma of mental illness. Pat is a world expert on the subject and has spent decades researching the topic. The interview is in three parts and will be posted over the next three weeks. In this first episode, Pat explains stigma, what it means, how it harms people, why people stigmatize.

Stigma is still a very real problem as Pat so eloquently explains in our casual conversation. It is the first hurdle to tackle when addressing abuse and misdiagnosis. If we can erase stigma it would benefit patients and ex-patients by allowing them to have a voice, to feel less discrimination and less isolated in our world. I hope you will, as I did, learn something from these interviews with Pat.