Intended for healthcare professionals


Medically unexplained symptoms in secondary care

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 18 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:397

Perpetuating the Stigma of mental illness

I can understand the anguish in the letter by a trained
psychotherapist. (Anonymous. “Unexplained symptoms may reflect
overstretched service”). But she does a great disservice to mental illness
by calling it a ‘stigmatising diagnosis’. If she views mental illness as
a stigma, how can she reassure the patients worried about the impact of
their illness on their social life.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 August 2001
Sundar Santhanam
Leicester Royal Infirmary