The Positive And Negative Messages About Mental Illness

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The positive and negative messages about mental illness A positive message Foster, Krasnoff and Wright (2008) portrays is that people with schizophrenia can be functioning and intelligent individuals. Although Nathaniel displays mild symptoms of schizophrenia, he can function well in society, considering the fact that he is homeless. Despite Nathaniel’s disorder, he can hold stable and meaningful interpersonal relationships with others, as observed in his relationship with Steve. Studies have shown that people with schizophrenia do not always act abnormally and can appear completely normal and be perfectly responsible, even with the experiences of hallucinations or delusions (Lake, 2012). Nathaniel is an intelligent individual that tries to deal with his hardships of psychosis. Foster, Krasnoff and Wright (2008) tries to show that a person with schizophrenia can be musically gifted, be geniuses of their own kind, and can still hope for recovery. This provides a positive outlook for others watching the film to offer hope and reduce stigma. Albeit, a negative message that Foster, Krasnoff and Wright (2008) portrays to the public is that people who have schizophrenia are violent. Nathaniel has occasional violent outbursts which may reinforce the myth that people with schizophrenia are violent, dangerous, volatile, and could induce the fear and stigma against this population (Laroi & Linden 2009). However, people who have schizophrenia are unlikely to be violent and are frequently the victims of violence (Walsh, Buchanan & Fahy, 2002). Walsh et al. (2002) explains that often because of the nature of the illness, the minority will turn violent, in which the violence is self-directed either through fear of delusional thinking. Resear... ... middle of paper ... ...th issues cannot not be merely defined as 'crazy ' individuals. The majority of patients are human beings who are sick and are need of help that must be sustained over time. According to those in mental health fields, many people do not seek professional help because of the stigmatisation of mental illness (Laroi & Linden, 2009). Stigmatisation has a number of negative consequences, such as increased symptoms and stress, but more importantly, assimilation into society becomes difficult for people diagnosed with a mental illness (Laroi and Linden 2009). To ensure that the mentally ill can receive treatment and assimilate back into their communities, the stigma and myths about mental health must be addressed to educate the general public, so they can understand the struggles that these patients go through and to offer hope, compassion and support for this population.

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