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Imagine There Was No Stigma to Mental Illness | Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman | TEDxCharlottesville

Translator: AJ Jungbluth
Reviewer: Rhonda Jacobs I know we’re only just meeting
for the first time, but I’d like to ask you a question, and it’s a rather personal question. How many of you suffer from,
or know someone who suffers from, a mental illness? Well, think about it. Your family, your friends, your classmates
in school, your colleagues at work. I’ll bet that virtually everybody
knows someone with a mental illness. Now, maybe I should explain
what I mean by mental illness. Commonly thought of conditions
like depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, and anxiety disorders, and also
intellectual disturbances like autism and learning disabilities and ADHD, and addictions to alcohol and drugs. All of these conditions affect
the same areas of the brain and disturb, by varying degrees, the mental functions of cognition,
perception, and emotion regulation. So we’re not talking about the worried
well here or problems in daily living. The World Health Organization has estimated that 20% of the world’s population
suffers from mental disorder at some point in their lifetime. That’s one in five people,
over 70 million Americans. A billion people worldwide. So if you do the math, everyone should know someone
who suffers from a mental disorder, and the fact that many of us
may think we don’t reflects three inconvenient truths: that we lack an understanding
and awareness of what mental illness is, that we’re reluctant
or ashamed to admit it, and that mental illness
is highly stigmatized. Now, stigma literally means
“dishonor” or “disgrace.” It’s the mark of Cain in the Bible. It’s the “A” on the dress of Hester Prynne
in “The Scarlet Letter,” and it’s the yellow stars that were
emblazoned on the clothing of Jews in Nazi Germany. So why should mental illness
be similarly stigmatized? Well, to show you
how insidious stigma can be, let’s do a little thought exercise. Imagine that you were invited to celebrate
your boss’s 50th birthday party, and you were picked to give the toast. But on the day of the event, you got sick, and you had to cancel. When you called to cancel,
would you prefer to say that you couldn’t come
because you had a kidney stone or that you were depressed and suicidal? Or would you rather say
you threw out your back or were having a panic attack? Or would you rather explain
that you were having a migraine headache or you were strung out
on prescription pain medication? If you would prefer the former
to the latter in each case, you, my friends, are affected by stigma. Now, I experience stigma every day
as a psychiatrist. The profession to which
I have dedicated my life is the most denigrated and distrusted
of all medical specialties. There’s no anti-cardiology movement
that’s trying to stamp out cardiology, (Laughter) and there’s no anti-oncology movement
that’s trying to ban cancer treatment. But there’s a virulent
anti-psychiatry movement that claims there’s no such thing
as mental illness and wants to eliminate psychiatry. Now, if we thought of mental illness
like we do heart disease, then symptoms like depression
would be like chest pain. Or anxiety would be
like shortness of breath. Or psychosis would be like an arrhythmia. In the former case,
symptoms emanate from the brain. In the latter case,
they emanate from the heart. But the brain is infinitely
more complicated than the heart, or any other organ
in the human body, for that matter. The heart is basically a pump
composed of four chambers, a dozen blood vessels, and comprised of two billion muscle cells. The brain, on the other hand,
is a three-pound corrugated mass of tissue composed of over 100 billion neurons, which make over 30 trillion connections and form an intricate array
of a myriad number of neural circuits, which simultaneously orchestrate functions
as basic and vital as breathing, temperature regulation, hunger,
coordinate movement. But also form what your personality is
and who you are as a person. The brain gives rise
to consciousness and creativity, and it also houses the human spirit. It’s no wonder that it’s taken us
so long to understand the brain and appreciate how it relates
to behavior and mental illness. Now, stigma is not unique
to mental illness. We’ve seen it associated with illnesses
throughout human history. Tuberculosis, leprosy, cancer. The most dramatic example
that I know of is AIDS. In the late 1970s, I was an intern
at St. Vincent’s Hospital in the Greenwich Village
section of New York City when the first cases of AIDS
began to appear. I remember seeing patients
come into the emergency room with terrible infections, and we couldn’t figure out
what was wrong with them, and we had no treatments,
and they invariably died. Now, this by itself would have been enough
to stigmatize this illness, but the fact that it was occurring
predominantly in discriminated groups, including homosexuals
and intravenous drug users, made its victims virtual pariahs. But then an amazing thing happened. The AIDS Advocacy Group and community
aggressively spoke out. They expanded awareness, and they pressured the government
to fund research. And within five years, 1984, two scientists isolated
the human immunodeficiency virus, the cause of AIDS. By 1987, AZT was introduced, the first treatment for AIDS. And now AIDS is like diabetes. It’s a chronic illness but you could live
a pretty normal life with treatment. Contrast the outcome of Rock Hudson,
who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1984, and he was dead within a year, to Magic Johnson, who was diagnosed
with AIDS in 1991, and he’s still alive living a normal life,
I saw him on TV the other day, with treatment. That is the power of science
leading to knowledge and awareness and effective treatments. Treatments don’t just eliminate
the symptoms of the illness. They also eliminate
the prejudice and the stigma. Now we’re still learning
the causes of mental illnesses, but we already have effective treatments which have helped millions
of people around the world. In many cases, these eliminate
the symptoms of the person’s illness, but in some cases,
they actually transform their lives. Earlier in my career, I treated
a young mother named Sarah, and she suffered from panic disorder, which had kept her
housebound for 10 years because she was afraid to go out,
a condition called agoraphobia. To start I had to make house calls
and visit her at home, and when she opened the door
to her home at our first meeting, I saw before me this woman
in a long, black, shapeless tunic with dark glasses and long dark hair. She looked like Morticia
from the Addams Family. I began with exposure therapy
and then gradually introduced medication. And within a couple of months, she was able to come
to see me in the clinic, but she insisted
on sitting next to an open door with her bike perched just outside so she could dash at a moment’s notice. But within a year, she changed her attire. She was fashionably dressed, cut her hair. She was going out with her husband,
socializing with friends, and picking her kids up at school. When we ended treatment,
she came to our last session, and she came up to me
and thanked me, and she said, “I feel like I’ve been let out of prison,
like I’ve been given my life back.” Now, not all disorders have good treatments. Witness Alzheimer’s disease and autism, and not all patients respond
as well as Sarah does. A particularly difficult condition
that psychiatrists treat is called borderline personality disorder. This affects young people
and produces extreme mood volatility, self-mutilating behavior,
and stormy relationships with people. The noxious nature of the behavior
drives away family and friends, and even psychiatrists
are reluctant to treat patients. One such patient that I treated
was named Laurie. She was in her early 20s,
a waif-like girl with short hair, large glasses, a very fragile demeanor that could explode into volcanic rage and propel her into aggressive
or suicidal behavior. I worked really hard trying to help
Laurie control her mood volatility, stop her from these
self-destructive acts. But the treatments I used,
the medications I tried, had limited effects, and when she dropped out of treatment, I felt I really hadn’t done very much, and I worried about
what would happen for her. So, we don’t have treatments
for every disorder. And not all patients respond well. But make no mistake, there is indisputably
a world of difference between modern mental health care today and what existed for all human history prior to the latter part
of the 20th century. So I find it particularly ironic that while people suffered
from mental disorders throughout human history because of the fact we had no knowledge
and limited or no effective treatments, in the 21st century,
when we do have treatments, the biggest barriers
are lack of awareness, lack of access to care, and stigma. So, if there were no stigma, we could launch a public health initiative against mental illness,
like we’ve done before successfully such as with infectious diseases, with heart disease, with environmental toxins like asbestos, lead, and smoking, and we would begin
with two simple strategies. The first involves early
identification and intervention. And this involves having screening
mechanisms in place in primary care settings
like family medical clinics, pediatrics offices, obstetrical and gynecologic
clinics and offices, and also in schools and in universities, and also in the work place. And individuals who were screened
for being at risk for, or having symptoms of, a mental disorder,
would be referred promptly to a clinic that specialized in providing
the array of treatments that would be helpful to their condition. The goal of this
is to get people engaged early, before the illness has effects
on their brain, disrupts their lives, and risks them doing something
that’d be harmful to themselves or others. The second strategy would be an approach of providing community-based
comprehensive care for people who were already
at more advanced stages of the illness and had suffered some disability. This would include medical management,
rehabilitative services, and also residential facilities to support people
who can’t care for themselves and prevent them
from falling through the cracks and ending up on the streets
homeless, or in prisons, or sequestered in state mental hospitals. So we have the means to do this, and this would provide
extraordinary changes in people’s lives in many, many ways. People who are depressed, who studies have shown
suffer from symptoms of depression for up to seven years before
they get diagnosed and receive treatment, would not have to endure this. And also at the same time while they’re
waiting to be diagnosed and treated, risk the possibility of hurting themselves
through suicide attempts or becoming addicted to something through misguided attempts
at self-medication. People who experience trauma from violent
crime or accidents or natural disasters would be treated promptly,
before they develop symptoms, as they’re treated
for their physical injuries, instead of waiting for their
symptoms of PTSD to emerge and then having them
having to seek treatment. And for people like the first responders
and military personnel, who go into harm’s way
routinely as part of their job, there would be preventative
and decompression treatments routinely administered, rather than waiting to see
who develops symptoms and has to overcome the embarrassment
of speaking up and seeking help. People who are abusing substances would be encouraged and supported,
rather than blamed and shamed, to seek detox, rehab,
and maintenance treatment before intractable addictions developed. And one in four women expecting babies would not have to risk experiencing
a pre- or post-partum mental condition, but would routinely be treated
as part of their pre- and post-natal care and so that they wouldn’t have to
potentially endure symptoms, potentially harm themselves,
or even, God forbid, infanticide. And children who have learning
disabilities or attentional problems would be identified early
in their educational course. And they would not just
have remedial education, they would have cognitive training,
emotional support so they didn’t become so frustrated
at their failure in school that they resorted to anti-social behavior
and potentially ended up in prison. Now, you might be thinking to yourself,
“Okay, that sounds good. How much is this going to cost?
Can we afford to do all this?” Well, the reality is that health
economists have found that providing this kind
of proactive mental healthcare would actually reduce the cost
of delivering healthcare and result in enormous savings. In addition, the families
of people with mental illness would be relieved
of tremendous emotional stress and also financial burden. We would also have the benefit from the fact that many of the glaring
social problems that roil our society would be reduced or eliminated, and I’m speaking here particularly
about the mass violent incidents that have increasingly occurred. Too many of these incidents have been
perpetrated by young males, largely, who are mentally ill and manifest their symptoms
long before they committed their crime. They acted strangely. They were in emotional distress. They were socially isolated. But nobody reached out to them for help. Instead, they were shunned,
ridiculed, or feared. In some cases, families, friends do reach out to try and get
their family members or friends help. Take the case of Gus Deeds,
24-year-old man with bipolar disorder. His father, Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds, desperately sought to have his son, who was in the throes
of a psychotic episode, hospitalized. But to no avail. Subsequently, Gus viciously attacked
his father and then killed himself. So Senator Deeds is now left
with scars on his face and pain in his heart, instead of his son. So how can we stop the suffering,
the violence, the stigma? We have to begin by recognizing
mental illness for what it is, a medical condition that can be treated,
like we do physical illness. If you look around you
and you saw somebody next to you who was grimacing in pain
or passing out or choking, you would rush up to them
or you would ask them, “Is there something wrong,
or can I help you?” But we don’t do this when we see somebody
who’s emotionally distressed or acting strangely, or too often intoxicated. But that’s what we need to do. We need to be involved, show our concern,
don’t be afraid to ask, make it your business. What’s the worst that can happen? They say to you indignantly,
“Mind your own business”? Or “I’m fine, thank you”? But the best that can happen
is you may be able to get somebody help and alleviate unnecessary suffering and potentially harm
to themselves or others. Now, that will work for those around us,
that are close to us, or that we’re with, but to have
an effect on the whole population, we need to influence
the government and the media, either individually
or through advocacy groups. We have to make them understand that mental illnesses
are real medical conditions and that we have effective treatments and these must be
made available to people. I’ve been trying to do this
by speaking out publicly, including to audiences like you, and writing articles
for the lay public and the media. When Robin Williams died,
I wrote an article about suicide, and I received an email
in response that was titled, “Message from a patient
from very long ago,” and I’d like to share this with you. Dear Dr. Lieberman, Last night I read your article
about the suicide of Robin Williams and recognized your name. You probably don’t remember me,
but between the ages of 15 and 30, I was severely mentally ill with borderline personality
disorder and depression. I made many suicide attempts
and was frequently hospitalized. One of those times I took a large overdose and awoke in the intensive care unit
of St. Vincent’s Hospital. You were assigned to be my doctor, and I clearly remember
how very much you helped me. You probably didn’t see it that way,
as I know I gave you a really hard time with my acting out
and self-destructive behavior. However, eventually,
with a lot of treatment, I was able to get myself together. I got married, enrolled in nursing school,
and graduated as valedictorian. For the past 22 years
I’ve worked in psychiatric hospitals. When I look back at just
how mentally ill I was early in my life, I would never have thought
it could turn out so well, how very fortunate I feel
to have a pretty happy life. And so I just had to let you know. What I remember most
from when I was your patient is that you genuinely seemed
to care about me and didn’t judge me. But I suppose the best doctors
are always the ones with the most heart. Signed, Laurie. So this was the same Laurie
that I treated and feared for so long ago. I was thrilled to know
that she had recovered and to think that maybe
I played some small part in this. But what really struck me most
about her email was the fact that it wasn’t my medical knowledge
or my clinical skills that she keenly remembered. It was the fact that I showed
compassion for her, and compassion is something
that we all can show to people, including those with mental illness. So while science and medicine continues to pursue the causes
and the cures of mental illness, I ask that you join me to find the heart and muster the will to reach out to all people, particularly people who may show
signs of mental illness, to raise awareness of the public, of the government, and of the media
to end the stigma of mental illness. Thank you for listening. (Applause)

Otis Rodgers



  1. Julia Evans Posted on July 13, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Your comment appears to suggest autism is an intellectual disturbance? I feel. this gives a misleading impression and introduces stigma.

  2. bigolbear the jammy dodger Posted on July 14, 2017 at 6:14 am

    What if there was no stigma to mental illness?
    Then my breakdown wouldn't have revealed the distinction between my associates and my freinds.

    Also Great talk doc.

  3. Mario Comuzzi Posted on July 15, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    In Italy, state public psychiatry is entrusted to ideological communist psychiatry (democratic or basaglian).
    It is the cause of an endangering genocide and hundreds of thousands of chronic people.

  4. Bianca Rzoska Posted on July 16, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Does anyone  know where I can find the transcript for this?

  5. Danielle Brant Posted on August 1, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Im going to be vocal about speaking of the fact i survived my MI experiences and stop hiding my experience as a survivor of CPTSD and all it entails. thank you

  6. IceBetweenEyeliner Posted on September 8, 2017 at 12:15 am

    One time they had a mental heath awareness day at my school. My counsellor told me I should try out the depression test they had in the room, and even though I consider myself a very open person, I LIED on a few questions because I didn't want the person diagnosing me to feel sorry for me.

  7. Alexander Andrews Posted on September 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Why is ADHD still  a disorder when the diagnosis seems like the opinion of whoever is being asked. Ambiguous diagnoses like that hurt the entire field of Psychology.

  8. uniqueusername_1024 Posted on September 27, 2017 at 2:10 am

    ONLY 20% percent? I feel like the numbers should be higher…

  9. uniqueusername_1024 Posted on September 27, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Therapists, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists are all heroes that are not given credit.

  10. Adam Newton Posted on October 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    This was brilliant. Great content with a good balance of psychiatric knowledge, historical context, and personal experience. Very memorable.

  11. Nurse 7Love Posted on October 19, 2017 at 12:45 am

    I agree…I suffer from mental illness and am doing good in nursing school…hearing about his patient Lauri really touched me…I had been putting off consistent treatment for so long because I was ashamed…but not anymore and I'm going to join in the fight to help others

  12. CrazyChaosClara Posted on October 21, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    That letter made me cry of joy… Beautiful. All you need to do is care.. and you might just save someone's life doing so! *sidenote Lieberman literally means nice man in german (lieber Mann) ❤

  13. Kevin Thompson Posted on October 29, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I have a mental illness that i suffer from I suffer from really bad A.D.D

  14. jon morey Posted on November 15, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Dallas buyers club dude…..
    The hart has neurons and a magnetic field.

  15. Rauph Ijadunola -DHS- Baltimore City Posted on November 16, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I listened to "Imagine There Was No Stigma to Mental Illness". It was a very good piece. However, I want to show another light to causes of mental illness that psychiatrists have not established – satanic involvement! I am glaringly a victim of the satanic attacks. I can prove it. I think we need to come together and use modern technology to expel the devils from causing us further illness. I can help with this if I am contacted.

  16. Nightmare116 Posted on December 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Fantastic speech, Dr. Lieberman! The email Lori sent you brought a tear to my eye. I’m hoping to make as much of a difference in the lives of my clients as you once I finish graduate school and enter the field. 🙂

  17. Paul Graham Posted on December 7, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Having watched Dr Lieberman it has given me more motivation to share my story of my own live experience of schizophrenia, so that this can hopefully reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental health challenges. The more people talk openly the better this will be for the health and well-being of everyone.

  18. Uglyroboticscot 666 Posted on December 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I love your idea I struggle with anxiety and depression which stems from my high functioning autism and i was put aside by the teachers in school because they knew I had problems and sucidal thoughts and nothing was done my whole life untill now I’m now 19 and only been diagnosed with all of this, this year I think it would of helped if I got diagnosed younger

  19. SkyeBright StarLight Posted on December 24, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Every last one of these talks about mental illnesses bring me to tears.

  20. GenocideX Posted on December 29, 2017 at 3:22 am

    The number of views of this Ted talk tells us how many people are suffering because of the stigma of mental health illness. People don't outgrow bad childhood experiences or traumas, and can't just "get over it", just like they can't outgrow A congenital heart defect or other serious medical illnesses.

  21. THE SUN WILL RISE AGAIN Posted on December 31, 2017 at 1:04 am

    great soul

  22. canizlupuz12 canizlupuz12 Posted on January 5, 2018 at 7:59 am

    These talks are needed.

  23. Lacy Reeves Posted on January 22, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    You articulate how it "should be" so perfectly; as I listened I thought how I hope you have the audience of those who can impact change to the point of creating such programs. In the mean time those of us who agree, need to step forward boldly to eliminate the stigma; by speaking up and by our actions. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  24. Chanel Jundi Posted on February 4, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    I hope we can end the stigma against mental illness, psychiatrists, and psychologists.

  25. Raducanu Eduard Posted on February 21, 2018 at 3:19 am

    Truly amazing!

  26. Katie Bittner Posted on February 28, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Where are all the mental health workers gone???? I was told no med students are going into psychiatry….WHY Dr.?

  27. Elizabeth Carter Posted on March 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Please be my psychiatrist.

  28. Big John Posted on March 24, 2018 at 5:53 am

    This man is a quack. He can't prove anything!

  29. Derek kitchen Posted on April 7, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    My name is Derek Steele I just turned 46 years old I have had to take psych meds starting at age 7 I've tried shock treatment and a lot of praying and I've been on over 280 psych meds that work at times but don't at others I'm a rapid cycler so my chemistry changes too fast just was wondering if anyone else has this problem thank you and God bless Derek

  30. Cynthia Hawkins Posted on April 12, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I returned to college, wth great pride and fervent dedication, right after WTC 9/11/2001. I was 54 years old. I attended Columbia University School of General Studies, matriculating and majoring in English and Comp Lit. Won every major scholarship, within belching distance, maintained a 3.6 for quite some time. Eventually, the stresses of working outside, and school took a toll on me, and I began to suffer from serious depression. What I remember distinctly, was that all mental health counseling service were closed/unavailable to me. I was 'ineligible"due to my status as a part-time student. After many hours of evaluation, meetings and professional interviews which would have set a treatment plan in place and probably allowed me to remain at SGS – I was told, "We are sorry you misunderstood the program..". I dropped out of school. It is 2018 as I write – Columbia may or may not still do this to SGS students, or others, but at $1,000+ a credit when I was there in the early 2000's, the Ivy League grew way… short of the mark.

  31. Amelia Flowers Posted on April 22, 2018 at 4:22 am

    After suffering for years alone with mental illness , I’ve lost compassion and interest for family and friends with physical illness.

  32. Sandy Goodwick Posted on April 23, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    The people who should be speaking about stigma are the ones who experience it, not the ones whose professional engagement rationalizes it’s existence. This is a myth that perpetuates… that when people “know” a ‘mental illness’ is a brain-based disease, stigma will be reduced. The reality? The micro aggressions (the looks, the lack of social engagement, …) that are subtle, 1:1…

    Not only is this a myth to others, it’s a myth to ourselves. How many homeless individuals would agree their depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, etc., are purely brain-based conditions that arose clear out of the blue, like cancer might? How many people who even seek psychiatric care do so while scratching their heads, wondering how they “caught” thus diagnosis of major depression?

    This “medicalizes” a human condition linked to social justice abuses, civil rights abuses, verbal abuse, emotional and physical abuse, war, accidents, crimes…

  33. Nikhilesh Dorbi Posted on April 27, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Nobody takes a mental illness as an explanation for any sort of absence in this corporate world. That's the bigger issue. Even if we as sufferers want to admit it. Nobody wants to listen.

  34. Haave Saay Posted on April 30, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Lieberman is truly a BigPsychiatry, BigPsychoPharma shill. Love treatment, loves Psych. labels. Blah Blah Blah…

  35. Tangerinian Posted on May 4, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    mental illness is itself a literal stigma, psychiatrists are professional stigmatizers. Nature says nothing about what behaviors of are good and bad, good and bad are judgements put on things by people. Mental illness is a judgement that behavior is bad, created by psychiatrists.

  36. K. Ganesan Ganesan Posted on May 14, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Mental illness is not in authorized list of diseases issued by American medical science.

  37. Vicki Mainard Posted on May 17, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    There are three words that can make a huge difference to someone with a mental illness. Are you ok? If they are they will either say so and that's end of it. Or you can open up a conversation as to what is troubling them and help them just by listening to them. My brother who has mental illness has told me countless times just listening to him and giving him my time and my ear have really helped him. I would love to see those three words help many more people like my brother.

  38. tithi Posted on May 21, 2018 at 8:43 am

    not all heroes wear capes. a big salute to Dr. Lieberman and every other person who is out there raising awareness to end this stigma

  39. Ciao B Posted on May 26, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    I was interested up until he called autism a disorder. How ironic his Ted talk is about stigma.

  40. Paula Macintosh Posted on June 18, 2018 at 11:21 am

    It would be a great world.

  41. Paula Macintosh Posted on June 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    It may be athought that many people with mental illness may have started with in the school through boolying which can affect us later on in life, some people get over it and other people struggle.

    Brian Turner boyfriend and carer

  42. mridu sharma Posted on June 30, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Every person needs to watch this. So so helpful. Thank you so much, Sir! Speaking about an issue that most people only believe in hushing away. Can't agree more that compassion can genuinely make this world a much happier place. Let's keep talking about and break this stigma! <3

  43. asdfghj123m Posted on July 22, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    its hard to find a doctor who truly care.

  44. Dr. Feelgood Posted on July 26, 2018 at 2:25 am

    What if …

  45. Ramesh Kumaran Posted on July 31, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Schizophrenia affects only one percent of the population

  46. Ramblings of a Bipolar Mind Posted on August 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    This video really hit me hard. I feel so ashamed and embarrassed even though I try so hard not to. Thank you.

  47. Keith Albahae Posted on August 22, 2018 at 8:06 pm


  48. Matt S Posted on August 28, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    A step in the right direction to be sure. But you also have to make it known, because I'd be willing to bet that I was not the only child in the world that didn't know it was mental illness. Its pretty hard to come forward when your first fear is being labeled as fake because you don't even know if it is forsure.

  49. kartasik Posted on September 26, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    I don't need to imagine because 50% or more of U..S. citizens are totally whacko and few who are sane notice it.

  50. Alexander Zelaya Posted on October 2, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Let's eliminate the stigmas, and let's talk about mental health!

  51. Lorraine Gooden Posted on October 18, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    There's no such thing as mental illness!

  52. Justin Love Posted on October 21, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    He prefers short hair and then give the adderal

  53. Music lolli Posted on October 22, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Evidence please

  54. Ariel Churchill Posted on October 25, 2018 at 6:06 am

    I am so on board with you Dr. Leiberman!

  55. Barish K Posted on December 23, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Good first part,his solution is idiotic however. You’d be creating a thought police and creating a whole new stigma around mental illness which probably would be more toxic than the current stigma around mental illness

  56. Luke Williams Posted on December 30, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    It’s not really hard to understand. It’s just that the world is selfish because people that are not mentally ill are too driven to life and are oblivious to the fact that not everyone thinks that way. The stigma exist because you can’t see the illness. It’s not physical so therefore, no one will take that illness seriously. They only take it serious when someone takes their life. It leaves people bewildered as to why this person killed themselves and left their loved ones in pain but it’s simple, it’s because everyone needs to be more aware of what’s actually going on with the world which is dark reality. Humans are selfish in nature. Society just needs to be more understanding otherwise suicide is just going to keep on happening so it’s society that’s the problem and how the world works. It’s not rocket science.

  57. Chan T Posted on February 5, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    What makes it hard for people to seek help are those social workers, therapists, psychologists who are doing it for the money. In the foster care system, Foster caregivers are guilty of this as well. But he hit the nail on the head when he said it was the fact he cared and was passionate about her overcoming. If people were more caring and showed active, unconditional support, the world would be healed.

  58. Aidid Rashed Efat Posted on February 15, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    If there was no stigma around mental illnesses our society would be more sound.

  59. phoenix pariah Posted on February 16, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Those diagnosed with some kind of mental illness have a higher risk of morbidity due to doctors profiling or brushing off symptoms.

  60. kev one77 Posted on February 22, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Thank you for posting this video Doctor! Really appreciate you took the time to do so, I long for the day the stigma is finally gone from mental health problems & everyone suffering gets the help they need including myself! God Bless Doc!

  61. HEH' Deez Guyz Posted on February 26, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Guy is a complete trickster.

  62. Laura MacGregor Posted on March 20, 2019 at 12:17 am

    I had my brain operated on 6 years ago and I’ve never been the same. Am
    I a bad person ?

  63. Laura MacGregor Posted on March 20, 2019 at 12:22 am

    People tell me to get over my depression and anxiety caused by pain after the surgery on my brain and spine. I’m always on the edge and yes mood disorder and self destructive acts. Am I bad?

  64. Catriona O Connor Posted on March 22, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Why don't people with mental illness get brain scans on diagnosis like medical conditions.

  65. Monkey_Man Posted on March 30, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Mass murder and gun shots.

  66. Radhae Krishna Posted on April 6, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    First of all bosses in companies, Management/CEO/Principals/Managers in academic/non academic fields should be tested (normally like blood tests) and if they are mentally fit for the positions, then they should be selected to become leaders. This can be done like making identity card by Govt. This way society welfare will be taken care of and economy will improve along with protecting such professions in medical fields. Nice speech Sir. Thank you👏👏👌

  67. THO TANG Posted on April 17, 2019 at 6:22 am


  68. Ali Raza Posted on April 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Tedx ..pls hold a talk on conversion disorder / FND and what the family and friends of the patients can do to support the patients….

  69. T-rod 70 Posted on April 24, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    i just thought i would share how bored i am watching this for a psychology assignment

  70. Sari Imai Posted on April 27, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Our minds are NOT biologically determined. They are much more complex, involving emotions, thoughts and they importantly don't exist in isolation to the world. While the physical effects of mental ill-being are serious, their cause is not SOLELY in the INDIVIDUAL to be "fixed". There is a reason for the dramatic rise in depression, suicides, loneliness in recent years. Perhaps it's more a sign of our WORLD being ILL than individual biology…

  71. Karma Posted on May 26, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    This guy totally missed the one diagnosis that you can wrap most mental illnesses up into, PTSD !!! we are a traumatized world, and I think everyone suffers from mental illness especially delusions… because look how screwed up the world is and how we perpetuate these delusions

  72. SuperGorak Posted on June 5, 2019 at 3:57 am

    yeah, tell the majority of people. I am being kicked out of my shared apartment because my roommates have difficulty connecting to me due to my anxiety and depression. It's that easy to dismiss a person with problems and just so justified in the minds of other people. And I don't blame em. If they want to live with someone who they can connect to better, then that's their right. I think it's important to understand that for this scenario there is no one-dimensional solution. You gotta see it from the third person's perspective. Which in itself is a really important skill

  73. Q Min Posted on June 6, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Would you tell someone with a heart murmur, a broken arm, cancer, the flu to "get over it"? No. You wouldnt. So why stigmatize depression, anxiety, bpd, bipolar, schiophrenia, etc? We ALL have mental health as we do physical health. Everything literally starts in the mind.

  74. Berkies Sepulveda Posted on June 11, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    The church stigmatized the mentally ill. I rather be a new ager than go to church. I meditate and take medications for my bipolar. I thank my doctor for saving my life. Amen

  75. Ray🌻 Posted on June 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    These are the kind of videos I hit like on before I even start watching them.

  76. Manal Abushadi Posted on July 12, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you so much ❄️

  77. Tara E. Posted on July 23, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you!!!!!!! 💜💜💫

  78. Claire Muir Posted on July 25, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Stigma = no human rights

  79. Doc Paul Chung Posted on July 29, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Thank you Dr Lieberman! Great stories and examples that show the uphill battle we fight in mental health related to stigma.

  80. Galderik Posted on August 6, 2019 at 2:44 am

    With a seemingly altruistic agenda, the fact is the campaign to end the “stigma” of mental illness is one driven and funded by those who BENEFIT from more and more people being labeled mentally ill. Pharma, psychiatry and pharmaceutical front groups such as NAMI and CHADD to name but a few. For example, take NAMI’s campaign to stop the “stigma” and “end discrimination” against the mentally ill, the “Founding Sponsors” were Abbott Labs, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Pfizer, Novartis, SmithKline Beecham and Wyeth-Ayerst Labs. So next time you see an ad promoting “stop the stigma” see it for what it is, a pharmaceutical marketing campaign.

  81. James Cockerham Posted on August 23, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    This is all good and all but if I call in and say I’m having a mental breakdown or strung out on painkillers, then I am prone to be fired. It’s not worth a livelihood to break a stigma. In other words, this issue isn’t as important as a persons ability to make an income.

  82. jorge alberto ospna Posted on August 29, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Psychiatrist are the biggest lie perpetrated up on humanity.. made up labels.. this bastards have made billions pushing their poison upon naive people.. they are the reason America is going crazy.. people go crazy on that medication.. your mind has the ability to recover its self

  83. jorge alberto ospna Posted on August 29, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    See he asking for more money…? Fallow the money… freak

  84. jorge alberto ospna Posted on August 29, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Noticed he never talked about the real cause of this problems … poverty is one .. and he keeps making up more labels.. this so called doctors are diabolical.. stay away from this demons

  85. Coyote Gaming Posted on September 2, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Some people just think or see physically and mentally disabled people as less than human or subhuman. Just because of someone has a difficulty with something than you doesn't mean they should be berated or put down or even humiliated. It's better to give a helping hand or even give someone a little push forward in general if needed.

  86. Aarron Brunner Posted on September 7, 2019 at 4:25 am

    he doesn't sight one study indicating modern better outcomes. The only long term study I found comparing medicated to non-medicated patients confirms patients are far better off without modern medicines.

  87. Joy Williams Posted on September 8, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    This gives me hope. Maybe one day they will have facilities for mental health like they do for addiction.

  88. a l Posted on September 11, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Yupz~~~ Awesomes~

    -costs reduced
    -less crimes
    -more loveing and productive society?

    mental health is underrated?

    aslkdjklasdjawoidjakls OP_O_O_…. mental health equals? stress? …mainly?

  89. Jnoh D Posted on October 1, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    No such thing as a Royal psychiatrist. They are all bastards. Associated.

  90. Jnoh D Posted on October 2, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Psychiatrist see things in their head, right? And it doesn't hurt to see these images in their own mind. So it became hallucination since when?

    It's when the patient sees images in his mind, and it hurts, that it's called hallucination, right. Grand Britain subjected associates never receive painful images in the mind. Right.

  91. chinookvalley Posted on October 4, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    8:10 A little disturbing that this dr treated someone with AGORAPHOBIA not Agriphobia. I would say Agriphobia would be that of a fear of farming. I'd be offended, but hey, it's a good presentation overall.

  92. chinookvalley Posted on October 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    11:14 "… in the 21st Century, when we do have treatments…" for mental illness, more money goes to the budget of warfare and destroying the world and killing each other, rather than healing it, providing homes, food, medical care, and education. Until we demand finances be focused on the care of, and stewarding the health of the planet and her inhabitants and habitat, we are a lost civilization. We are all crazy and along for the ride.

  93. Andrew Helbig Posted on October 7, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Sorry to be unrelated to the topic of this video, but the amount of turns and edits in this video is absurd. The cuts to show his turning to face the other camera is very distracting.

  94. Andrew Helbig Posted on October 7, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I came to watch this after seeing the move Joker. Though it had some violent scenes, it made me think a lot about how society doesn't value mentally ill people, how they're often left to fend for themselves. I hope that we can take away the stigma of mental illness and support one another, no matter if one has a mental illness or not. Thanks for this talk. That reading of the letter at the end was very nice to hear… We can all have compassion.

  95. Snenors4pres Posted on October 11, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    There are so many people affected with these disorders we ought to be humble and recognize the probability of having a mental disorder ourselves.

  96. Shmuel Taurog Posted on October 20, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Inspiration on mental health ideas byShmuel

  97. Mad Geo Posted on October 24, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    What if…
    What if the screen was showing the images he brought to the talk?
    His right hand was clicking, but we were left just imagining.

  98. I Live To Inspire Mental Health Posted on November 6, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    I absolutely love this video I’ve watched it and talked about it so much. If you’ve ever felt depressed or stressed maybe my videos can help! My name is Victoria Fernandez and I have Bipolar Disorder and I made this channel to tell my story in Spanish and English in the hopes of helping as many people as possible 🙂

  99. Timothy Ball Posted on November 8, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Normal is not emotionality based. Societies are. Labels needed to be heard for the science. Sensory care doesn't mean normal. Means mindset of conformity in which the degrees of science of one's mind is not based on chemicals anymore it's people pleasing. My standards of stigma aren't a psychiatrist's. No common ground in behavior. Differences will happen but science will have absolutes. Too many rock around standards of others standards too be saine. It's not saine to not appease….the behaviors of mental illness is still science. Not tongue n cheek. I can't be cured… Only doctor's blind to themselves to be my help. Money talks louder than sainty it seems. If your not stigmatism why not help with science more…instead of nay saying each other. Got that neurologist and psychiatrist? – a crazy guy

  100. amr mousa Posted on November 11, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    sitting here, having just finished my psychiatry rotations in medical school, and preparing for my psychiatry final tomorrow, i can't help but think of how judgmental i have been towards mental illness, and hearing how his empathy was the most important factor, i am without words.
    i can only pray that i am given some of his empathy and that i am able to help, and be a force of good, and not be so judgmental.