Research into stigmatizing attitudes towards behavior, published in Early Intervention in Psychiatry, finds that most study subjects did not spontaneously apply diagnostic labels to behavior but when such labeling occurred (“paranoid/a”). Respondents exhibited stronger stigmatizing attitudes compared to those employing non-psychiatric labels (“weird”).
Anglin, D., Greenspoon, M., Lighty, Q., et al; Spontaneous labelling and stigma associated with clinical characteristics of peers ‘at-risk’ for psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry. Article first published online: 18 APR 2013 DOI: 10.1111/eip.12047