Mental Illness And Its Stigma

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Mental Illness and Its Stigma “One in five adults in America experience mental illness,” (Mental Health, n.d., para 1). Many people define mental illness as a characteristic that makes one irrational or delusional and derives a belief that those who have mental disorders are not suffering from a real disease, resulting in a negative view of those who suffer. There are three ways to defy this stigma that everyone, from media producers to the sufferers themselves, must participate in to break down the shame and dishonor surrounding mental illness. Mental illness is a real disease and causes a stigma that those who suffer are dangerous and are the cause of their disorder
What exactly is a mental illness? “Mental illness refers to a wide
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In turn it leads to a hindrance in efficient and effective recovery. There are three main contributors to the stigma surrounding mental illness. The portrayal of sufferers through the media, lack of understanding in our society, and the way sufferers view themselves. Media subtly influences are way of thinking, whether we are aware of it or not. This is effects are view on topics such as mental disorders. The recent release of a movie entitled “Split,” is a representation of how media contributes to the stigma that those who suffer from mental illness are dangerous. The movie follows a man who has dissociative identity disorder, or multiple personality disorder. A mental disorder where a person’s identity is split into distinct separate personalities of two or more, and is usually caused by extreme and severe physical and sexual abuse, (Psychology 2017). In “Split,” a man named Kevin, who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and has over 20 personalities, kidnaps three teenage girls. In the end, he kills two of the girls as well as his therapist, to rid the world of those who aren’t pure hearted and have yet to experience true suffering, (IMDB n.d.). This movie portrays a truly negative and harmful view of those who suffer from this mental illness. Films such as previously mentioned, inform viewers that those with mental disorders are a threat to society. They are harmful to those who suffer from related diseases as they

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