mental health

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The only instances that cause a debate on mental health is when an individual does something that is criminal or hard to comprehend. The media get experts to look in on the catastrophe, and explain why they did it. Mental Illness is a worldwide problem and is often considered a "Hidden epidemic" as it stretches to institutions like jail, schools, family, and the media. Most mentally ill people are afraid to seek treatment mostly due to the stigma, prejudice, and discrimination that are attached to the label. The Label that comes with being mentally ill often leads to depression. Mental illness is largely misunderstood in the United States and can be treated; the following paragraphs reveal treatment, as well as causes and effects of stigmas on society, poverty, Insurance, the educational system, and the media. In society there are Universal definitions of what it means to be mentally healthy. Mental illness is defined as "all mental disorders, which are characterized by sustained patterns of abnormal thinking, emotions, or behaviors that are accompanied by significant distress and/or impairment in daily functioning.” The most diagnosed illnesses are bipolar, impulse control, and anxiety. The ridicule and embarrassment that is attached to the label strains people from seeking the treatment they need to conquer the problem. Stereotypes play a role to treatment as they enhance stigmas, "People are twice as likely today than they were in the 1950's to believe people with mental illnesses are violent. (Dingfelder 2009).In fact, the mentally ill are almost three times more likely to be victims of violence than people of regular society. The "Hidden epidemic" if goes untreated can lead to numerous problems by effecting educational ach... ... middle of paper ... ...ntial factor of negatively portraying mental illness stigmas is the media. Media is tied to all the previous paragraphs as it influences stereotypes, discrimination, prejudice, schools, society, employment, and cultural beliefs. The images depicted in video games, news, and TV spread isolation, discrimination and fears against the mentally ill in society. These negative labels can prevent individuals from finding treatment and lead them to thinking that there is no way of recovery. However more public education strategies are being implemented in the media today. "Real Men, Real Depression" is a public campaign and education strategy that has public service announcements, radio and TV. Successful anti-stigma awareness does not only erase negative labels of the mentally ill, but also shows that mental illness is misunderstood and the ill have their place in society.

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