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A Review of Stigma and Mental Illness in Nigeria

Aishatu Yushau Armiyau*
Department of Psychiatry, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos. Plateau state, Nigeria
Corresponding Author : Aishatu Yushau Armiyau
Department of psychiatry
Jos University Teaching Hospital
Jos. Plateau state, Nigeria
Tel: +2348035899338, +2348185899338
E-mail: [email protected]
Received October 16, 2014; Accepted January 24, 2015; Published January 26, 2015
Citation: Armiyau AY (2015) A Review of Stigma and Mental Illness in Nigeria. J Clin Case Rep 5:488. doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000488
Copyright: © 2015 Armiyau AY, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

As defined by the Oxford-Unabridged Dictionary “stigma” is a mark of “infamy, disgrace, or reproach” its derived from the Latin “tattoo, indicating slave or criminal status”; originating from stizein, the Greek word for “a recognizable sign made by burning or cutting a part of the skin of a less valued member of society with an aim of distinguishing him/her from the rest of the members.

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