Stigma as a Barrier in the Emergency Section for a Patient with Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome: A Case Report

Document Type: Case Report


1 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Addiction Institute, School of Medicine, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran.

2 Department of Psychology, Sari Branch, Islamic Azad University, Sari, Iran.

3 Department of Emergency Medicine, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran


Introduction: Stigma is defined as a set of negative attitudes and beliefs toward specific conditions, such as mental disorders. Mental disorders are among the most stigmatizing conditions throughout the world. In general, the principle of stigma involves the physical health of the patients with mental conditions.
Case: In this article, we presented the case of a 28-year-old single, male patient with paranoid schizophrenia and neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Stigma was a significant barrier in the emergency sections of the psychiatric and general hospitals.
Conclusion: According to the results, the curricula of health education must be revised in undergraduate and postgraduate levels.