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CANDIDO, Maria Rosilene et al. Concepts and prejudices on mental disorders: a necessary debate. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2012, vol.8, n.3, pp. 110-117. ISSN 1806-6976.

Mental disorders have gained Brazilian's media space for discussion and, currently, there is a lot being said on the subject. This paper has dealt with a group of professionals' concepts of a higher education institution on mental disorder, in order to verify the existing stigma and to produce debates on its reduction.  This is a qualitative, action research study, developed with eighteen technical-administrative professionals of a public institution of higher education in Piauí, in 2009. The declarations revealed no clear definition of mental disorder. We have verified that the connection between prejudice and psychological distress remains within society, requiring that the subject continue to be discussed in social groups.

Palavras-chave : Mental Health; Knowledge; Cognition Disorders; Concept Formation.

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