False Portrayal of Mental Illness in the Media

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False Portrayal of Mental Illness in the Media
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The movie “The Roommate,” revolves around a young girl named Sarah (Minka Kelly) who is starting her freshman year of college. Little does she know that she has a roommate that is diagnosed with numerous mental disorders that she is not treating by taking her medication. When they are initially acquainted as roommates, Sara comes across as being innocent and depicts very normal behavior. However, as soon as Rebecca and Sarah become closer to each other, Rebecca forms an obsession with Sara and strange events begin to occur. Each of Sarah’s close friends or allies becomes hurt, and even killed. As soon as Sara discovers the symptoms of her mental illness, she becomes extremely
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295-296). However, soon after, they experience extreme episodes of depression, especially when they are unsuccessful in attaining goals that are seemingly realistic to them. Similarly, in the movie “The Roommate,” Rebecca portrays these symptoms through the unhealthy obsession she has with Sara. She wants Sara’s full attention in every way possible and goes to any lengths to get this even though the relationship she desires to have with her is impractical. Through her impulsive and reckless behavior, she tries to “get her” by endangering or killing Sara’s friends who get in the way of their relationship. Furthermore, in the process of gaining Sarah’s affection, she displays tremendous hostility, another symptom of bipolar disorder. To explain, she shows extreme disdain to those who take time away from them being together. She then expresses extreme confusion as to why Sara does not have mutual feelings towards her, and experiences severe episodes of depression.
Society’s View of Mental Illness Through Media

After watching this movie, I felt that Rebecca’s character lacked tremendous depth. I would have liked to be given more background information on Rebecca and an explanation of why she was the way she was. Had the movie been revolved around the “crazy” girl and not about the girl who finds out about how she has a “crazy” roommate, the movie could have been

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