TV portrayals of the Mentally Ill has a negative effect on how we see them.

In a recent article published by Deseret News National, the conventions of portrayals of people with mental illness are brought into play. Initially, it talks about a woman who, due to the unpopular portrayal of people with depression and anxiety, chose to hide all of it from her family and her friends, even her long term boyfriend. This shows that this portrayal through media can often create unhealthy views, or create unhealthy situations just based on what we see on TV. While the article does note that some newer shows, like the show “Homeland,” have become better at this portrayal, people are still stuck in their old ways of the fear of those with mental illness, or the social separation, just because of what we saw on TV. 

Original Article:

http://national.deseretnews.com/article/1316/How-TV-is-changing-perceptions-of-mental-disorders.html

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