Essay Media Madness

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With the ongoing advance in technology today, it is no surprise that the media is becoming an even greater source in acquiring and sharing information. But exactly how accurate are these reported information? As mentioned in Otto Wahl’s, Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness, Americans tend to retrieve most their knowledge about mental illness through the mass media (Wahl 3). When it comes to mental illness, it is safe to say that much of society views the mentally ill as deviants who are capricious and potentially dangerous. Or at least, that is how they are sometimes portrayed in movies, books, music, magazines, etc. Those who are knowledgeable about the severity and seriousness of mental illnesses often view the
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For instance, as stated earlier, schizophrenia is associated with a break in reality, hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. Dissociative identity disorder, however, do not present with those symptoms. “Me, Myself, and Irene,” a movie starring Jim Carey, is a perfect example of how the media has promoted this misconception. In the movie, Carey plays the role of Charlie Baileygates, a police state trooper identified to be suffering from schizophrenia. When Charlie forgets to take his medication he turns into another character named Hank, who is violent and barbaric. The issue with their depiction of his character is that with his presenting symptoms, he is actually suffering from dissociative identity disorder and not schizophrenia. The movie inaccurately misguides the viewers into thinking that the two disorders can be intertwined when in fact; they are two very different illnesses. The difference lies in the individual’s ability to connect with reality. A person with multiple personalities can still distinguish from what is fake and what is real, although each personality may have their own pattern of perceiving it. On top of the inaccurate depictions, the movie also incorporates comedy into the matter. As stated earlier, Charlie’s other personality, Hank, is very aggressive and strange. His actions and behaviors are disruptive and
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