The interest inventory was a weakness of mine, mainly because I don 't feel that I 'm good at thinking outside the box. It was good for me to collaborate with my peers in order to expand my horizon and find better options. At the time we started this project, I was so locked into writing about concussions in youth sports and the effects that they have. As I worked alongside my peers in coming up with other topics, I was inattentive to what the other possible options could be. I researched quite a bit about concussions, yet, when the time came to write my topic proposal, I realized that I couldn’t care less about concussions.
Research has shown that “instead of being diminished by the stigma, many persons become righteously angry because of the prejudice that they have experienced” (Corrigan et al., 2002). This proves that it is not the illness that may cause an individual to become violent or aggressive as the media portrays, but rather it is the stigma and the prejudice that these individuals experience that push them to become angry and potentially violent. In 1996, a survey was administered to 1444 American adults by the Mac Arthur Mental Health Module to gather information on the stigmatization of mental illnesses. More than half of that sample agreed that they are unwilling to work next to, attend a social gathering with or have a family member marry somebody who suffers from a mental illness (Corrigan et al., 2002). This is a severe problem in today’s society.
Throughout the Great Depression the mentally disabled were treated harshly and were almost constantly being harassed by society. The mentally ill were treated in this cruel manner because they were seen as the cause of some of society’s problems of that day in age. Also, society viewed them as less capable of human being. A physician of that time by the name of Alexis Carrel stated, “The mentally ill should be humanely and economically disposed of in small euthanistic institutions supplied with the proper gases” (Freeman; “Treatment of the…”). Not only did Alexis Carrel feel this way, but so did many other people of the United States way Teel 2 due to the belief that mentally unstable people were incapable and insignificant human beings.
If this is true, everything wrong mental ill people do is caused by our society. Therefore, it would make sense if the society paid some costs in terms of taxes of what they have created. To sum up, I feel like our society is poor in comprehending how mental ill people can dramatically change our lives if they have a bad day and how to help people that suffer from a mental health problem. I believe that we can improve a lot of lives if we obtain a better understanding about this topic. Every member of society and the government should put more effort in providing treatment for the mental ill. A lot of citizens and members of the government realize something has to change about his situation, but it looks like neither of them is going to make a decisive action in the near future.
It is sad because in America today a lot of these abuse by staff or not reported or taken in consideration because a lot of offenders are frightened of what the staff can do to them. In the book “Correction the Essentials” many officer cover their selves by having other co-worker lie to get them out of facing charges of abusing inmates. In reality, it would not matter if inmates in prison try to report abuse or not because it would be their word over
... ... middle of paper ... ... has an overwhelming grasp on the conception's society generates on the mentally ill/disabled. I, myself, aren't a fan of wrestling but can see where people, especially the youth formulate their ideas on these people. But It's not only the WWF that portrays such a negative view on this social group, but other TV shows, such as 'ER', or movies like 'Silence of the Lambs." When it all comes down to it, "violence involving mental illness is even more terrifying, more morbidly fascinating to the public, more likely to receive splashy coverage, and more important more likely to sell than other kinds of violence" (Wrestling 7). It is easy to fall into a negative attitude towards mentally ill people, and if society doesn't view programs such as the WWF critically, then such shows will continue to strive, creating more and more stereotypes.
Some newspapers, TV shows, and websites can be helpful, but most of it is junk and used just for the joy of entertainment. Overall, the mass media negatively affects people on a large basis because of a wrong message, addiction and overload to certain media, and the influence media might have on behavior and the outlook of life. The key to try to avoid the negative influence of mass media is to limit your exposure and to choose what you watch. It’s impossible to avoid the effects of media completely, but we can choose what we believe and not allow the media to influence us. Using our proper judgment and taking a moment to think about the things we see in the media will put our minds in the proper perspective and allow us to inhibit the positive influences the mass media can have on us.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, depression is a mental condition characterized by feelings of severe despondency and dejection. Depression is a mental condition that affects the human in various ways, the person affected by depression can’t snap out of it and be happy. Many people affected by depression have to go through treatment or psychological counseling to get the help they need. In various media, we see stereotypes of people with depression that aren’t true. Due to the media covering the topic of depression a lot, society doesn’t see depression as a real mental illness .
In Psychology Today, Jamie Talan reports on a study by Arnold Ludwig M.D. The article gives the reader the impression that mental illness is linked with creative professions, but that the type of creativity is what is important. By providing Dr. Ludwigs’ results and conclusions, it reports that the prevalence of mental illness is present in both artistically and scientifically creative professions, but is much higher in artistically creative professions. In my review of this article, I’ve found that it lacks information important to understanding the study’s results. Without this information, readers cannot fully understand the implications, and can be easily misled.
In today’s society we have not been able to come up with ways to eradicate the evil that is certain societal views. Before reading this book I created pictures in my head that made me cringe at upon inspecting the cover. I turned a blind eye to all the mayhem going on in this world; it just made life so much easier to not be worried about someone else’s life that had no impact on my own. During this class having assigned readings made the task of reading this book somewhat more tolerable. However, at about the half point of the book something seemed to click inside my head that gave me a different sense of understanding.