2012, Number 3
Rev Latinoam Psiquiatría 2012; 11 (3)
Flores RS, Medina DR, Robles GR, Páez AF
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ABSTRACTMental illness is one of the most stigmatized health conditions. The stigma attaches undesirable features to whoever bears it, discrediting him before the others eyes. Once a label of mentally ill is received, the patient often feels embarrassed of taking medication, which diminishes drug adherence (mean 70%). One hundred mexican patients with a two or more year lasting severe and persistent mental disease completed the mental illness perceived stigma scale and the drug attitude inventory (DAI); the correlation among these two was determined (p ‹0.05). Schizophrenia was the most frecuently found diagnosis (47%). The mean number of drugs each patient was receiving was 3.5; most had been hospitalized at least once. The mean stigma score was found to be 60.15; while the DAI showed a 5.4 mean drug adherence. There was a relationship between the scale scores of perceived stigma and DAI scores (r = -0370, p ‹0.01) that is, less attachment greater stigma. Key words: Stigma, severe and persistent mental illness, mental illness, therapeutic adherence.