By Otto F. Wahl
Winner of the 1996 Gustavus Myers Award for a very good booklet on Human Rights in North the USA "Media insanity is a so much well timed, readable, and worthwhile publication, exposing, because it does, the myths approximately psychological affliction that almost all people reside by--myths which are as damaging as they're pervasive. Wahl is principally strong at exhibiting, intimately, the various ways that fake perspectives of psychological sickness, purveyed within the media, form the methods even the main enlightened people view the realm round us. A such a lot considerate, stimulating ebook, from which I realized a superb deal." --Jay Neugeboren, writer of Imagining Robert: My Brother, insanity, and Survival--A Memoir "An striking booklet . . . well-researched . . . it truly is 'must reading.'" --Laurie Flynn, former government director, nationwide Alliance for the Mentally unwell "The rampant inaccuracies approximately psychological health problems in newspapers, magazines, videos, and books make it transparent that this isn't simply stereotyping, yet fairly a pervasive lack of knowledge. Dr. Wahl's ebook is going a ways to provide an explanation for the place the error are and to teach and sensitize the reader to widespread inaccuracies. moreover, the publication is especially readable." --NAMI recommend "What do the media need to do with one's belief of psychological disorder? Wahl takes an in-depth glance a how negative public photographs of psychological disease are usually erroneous. records express that one out of each 5 humans within the U.S. will event a psychiatric disease. With boldness and sensitivity, Wahl takes a robust examine the wrong stereotypes created by way of the media." --Choice "Extremely good written . . . This e-book is a precious contribution to efforts to beat the stigma of psychological disease and 'media madness.'" --Paul J. Fink, M.D., psychological well-being advisor Otto Wahl is a professor of psychology and director of the Graduate Institute Psychology on the college of Hartford, Connecticut. he's at the advisory forums of the nationwide Stigma Clearinghouse and the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for psychological health and wellbeing Journalism, in addition to a specialist for the source middle to deal with Discrimination and Stigma linked to psychological disorder (ADS Center). he's additionally the writer of Telling Is dicy company: psychological future health shoppers Confront Stigma (Rutgers college Press).
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Virtually all slang terms for mental illness have undertones of disapproval or negative judgment of some sort. In addition, many of the slang terms are residuals of past unflattering conceptions of mental illness (for example, "lunatic"), leftovers of a time when people with mental illnesses were seen as little more than insensate beasts, when they were chained in dungeons and treated as objects of amusement for nobles who paid to view them as if in a human zoo. Terms with such a history cannot help but convey a lack of sympathy and respect for people with mental illnesses.
30 For those personally affected by psychiatric disorders, mental illness is no laughing matter. And as other disability groups have pointed out, it is one thing to tolerate joking about and comic depiction of your group if that group nevertheless has high standing and acceptance in the community, but quite another when your group is not respected or valued. The comments of James Gashel, an official of the National Federation of the Blind, about media depiction of people with visual disabilities apply equally well to those with mental disability: "If we were at a point where blindness was not regarded as a negative and if we had achieved equal opportunity, then we could laugh and say this is not a realistic portrayal of a blind person.
Those millions of people with mental illnesses come from all walks of life; they are doctors, lawyers, teachers, grocers, mechanics, pilots, construction workers, and psychiatrists. " Moreover, no amount of economic privilege, brains, talent, or courage can make one immune to mental illness. Those afflicted, for example, have included a winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, the second person to set foot on the moon, the Oscar-winning star of Gone With the Wind, a Super Bowl winner, a famous painter, a senator and vice presidential candidate, the psychology director of a large psychiatric hospital, and a recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics.