Shame Around Mental Illness May Be Fading

Stigma regarding mental health could be disappearing in the United States, a new survey finds.

In the online poll of more than 1,000 adults, 87% said a mental disorder is nothing to be ashamed of, and 86% said they believe that people with such disorders can get better.

And a sizable group doesn’t view the most common mental disorders as disorders — 33% said that about anxiety and 22% said the same about depression, according to the survey recently released by the American Psychological Association (APA).

In all, 81% said they would be comfortable being friends with someone with a mental health disorder, and