Effects Of Mass Media On Mental Disorders

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Malcolm X, a human rights activist, once said, “The media´s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent, and that´s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Through numerous studies and considerable amount of research, it has become clear that the media has a significant effect on society and its perception. This applies to all topics, but mostly to issues that are difficult for the mass to experience for themselves. For example, our views of government and social institutions are largely based on the medium’s reports, not our own experiences. The subject of mental disorders is one that is particularly difficult for the mass to come across or experience directly. This makes the primary source of information on mental disorders the mass media’s depiction of it, and these depictions affect the media’s perception of the mentally ill and mental health practitioners. Unfortunately, the media does not always represent the subject of mental disorders in a positive light. There are copious amounts of examples that portray the mentally ill as violent and dangerous. These create negative misconceptions about mental disorders and cause discrimination and stigmatization of the people suffering from mental disorders along with the community that strives to help them. This essay will be discussing the consequences of the media’s depiction of mental disorders by highlighting how the mass media is the primary source of information to the public, observing how the media depicts mental disorders through examples and the effects of it, and emphasizing the negative consequences the portrayal of mental disorders in the media has to the mentally ill and mental health practit... ... middle of paper ... ...ill and mental health practitioners. The fact that mental illness’ are habitually belittled and lampooned corroborates with this notion. To some, this may not seem like a serious issue. However, it has been concluded that negative consensus that is formed through misconceptions and stereotypes created by inaccurate reporting and exaggerated portrayals can condone discrimination against the mentally ill and even affect the actions governments take to support communities that work to help the mentally ill. We, as a society, have the obligation to disseminate positive images of the mentally ill, and fight to portray them and mental health practitioners in a more optimistic light. It is important that the public is able to access accurate information on mental disorders more easily, and that they completely understand just how much they can do for the mentally ill.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that we live in a world that is constantly flashing and creating images. the main sources of information for the public are the mass media.
  • Explains that mental illness is considered a taboo, and the media is the main source of information to the public.
  • Opines that since mental illness is a topic that is not usually discussed, the source of information is the public.
  • Opines that books, films, and tv shows influence the public perceptions of topics.
  • Analyzes the danger of romanticizing mental illness by portraying the character with an aptitude for things to an abnormal degree.
  • Opines that the common stereotype that all mentally ill people are vehement is a misconception forged from
  • Explains that their work ethics are clear: respect confidentiality, patient needs, and patient safety first and foremost.
  • Opines that less support for mentally ill affects social provision for individual rights. governments will create legislations permitting involuntary admissions to sanatoriums and treatments.
  • Concludes that negative depiction of mental illness perpetuates negative reactions towards the mentally ill and mental health practitioners.
  • Opines that the media has a significant effect on society and its perception. the primary source of information on mental disorders is the mass media's depiction of it.
  • Defines mass media as'means of communication involving the transmission of information in any shape or form to a mass.'
  • Explains how the media portrays the mentally ill and mental health practitioners play a substantial role in moulding the mass’ view.
  • Opines that the majority of media coverages of mental illness are one-sided, trivializing and demeaning the people with mental disorders. the misuse of medical terms can have deplorable consequences.
  • Explains that the organization used the medical term'schizophrenic' to describe a football match. the football commentators undermined the gravity of the illness and belittled it.
  • Opines that the media's use of demeaning and victimising language has been an issue for the mental health community.
  • Opines that hollywood dramatizes plots and character traits to keep the audience's attention. the film "the maniac cook" portrays a mentally ill character as homicidal.
  • Analyzes how david o’russell’s ‘silver linings playbook’ was adapted into a film in 2012. the film portrays the mentally ill characters, pat with anger management issues and tiffany with bipolarity, as selfish and completely unreasonable.
  • Analyzes how raymond, a character with autism, has the gift of being an ‘human calculator’, and an superb memory in the film ‘rain man’ and the bbc television drama series ‘sherlock’.
  • Opines that the misuses of official medical terms trivialize mental illness, and the demeaning lingo used by journalists in news or magazine articles exacerbate stigmatization.
  • Analyzes the negative effects of media's depiction of mental disorders, such as the portrayal of mentally ill characters as childish and irascible.
  • Opines that the media's inaccurate depiction of mental disorders affects the mentally ill and mental health practitioners.
  • Explains that media portrayal of mental disorders is negative, exaggerating the issues and damages caused by the mentally ill, and downplaying the magnitude of the illness.
  • Explains that the media's depictions of mental disorders are not always negative and/or inaccurate. in 2001, rosie o'donnell and her guests, rosemary clooney and mary wallace, discussed the symptoms and difficulties of being clinically depressed.
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