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The effects of stigma have a great impact on the sufferer. There are many social or personal costs, the country loses money, and sometimes stigma can even lead to those who it effects commiting suicide. People are afraid to get help or take medication in fear of being unfairly judged. They might even begin to believe the stigmas themselves. (Wolpert, 2001).Firstly, one effect of stigma and depression is that stigma effects the social and personal lives of those suffering. Stigma is a barrier to health, well being, and quality of life. Stigma contributes to abuse in human rights, less access to jobs and houses, and bad self esteem. (Wallerstein, 2003). People still try to pretend that depression doesn’t exist, or that a depressed person can be talked out of it. The stigmatization of depression does nothing to help or encourage those struggling with depression, in fact treating depression as a personal problem instead of a real illness can lead depressed people to avoid seeking professional help and instead blame themselves for their depression.Secondly, sufferers delaying getting help causes worse problems down the road and then it costs more money to fix them. This is bad for the economy, especially when people can’t work. Depression can make people lose the will and energy to do even simple things, such as getting out of bed. Depressed people are more likely to get sick, have accidents, and not eat or sleep properly. In severe cases, they are also more likely to take their own lives. Depression is already the cause of almost thirty percent of all days taken off work. Experts at the World Health Organization predict that depression will be the world’s second leading root cause of death by 2020. Despite this, it is thought that doctors may fail to diagnose up to half of all cases of depression. Many people are too embarrassed to talk about their problems or seek treatment. Instead, they may suffer in silence for years. This is sad, because in most cases depression can be treated. Suicide also costs a lot of money for the government, as you can see. (Flynn, 2015).A final effect of stigma is the worst; suicide. Stigma can cause mental illness and emotional trauma and often will lead to suicidal thoughts. 6,000 people commit suicide every year and the figure is rising. Currently, that’s one person every two hours, every day. (Clasp Charity, 2017). Experts at the World Health Organization predict that depression will be the world’s second leading root cause of death by 2020. Depression is already the cause of almost thirty percent of all days taken off work. Many people assume that depression is just a part of getting older. According to a 1996 survey by the National Mental Health Association, more than one half of women believe it is normal for a woman to be depressed during menopause and that treatment is not necessary, and more than one half of women believe depression is a normal part of aging. (Willis, 2007).