Autism Spectrum Disorder
Denver School of Nursing
Autism Spectrum Disorder
What mental health issues do we see in the media? There are mental health issues all throughout the media and in everyday life, but unless you know what to look for, they can be easy to miss. This paper is meant to bring attention to the amount of mental health issues that we have today, and to try and clear up the misconceptions that are presented in the spotlight. It can be hard to identify your own feelings concerning mental health if you aren’t fully informed with true facts.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is based on a teenaged boy, Arnie Grape, who is living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Arnie’s character presents with moods and behaviors that are atypical for his age and where he should be developmentally. According to CRC Health, developmental disabilities are defined as: impaired communication, learning, and independently being able to perform activities of daily living (Developmental Disabilities, 2015).
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), explains that developmental disabilities can occur at any point in the developmental period and can stay with the person throughout their entire life (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). What’s Eating Gilbert Grape depicts how developmental disabilities really are, and how they really do affect the person as well as everyone around them for duration of their lives. It shows the real life struggles and difficulties of what it would really be like to care for a person with this severe kind of mental health disorder, without disguising the disorder as often seen in the media. This movie is unique in that instead of the parents taking on the responsibility of having and caring for...
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...t that his safety was at risk. The one instance where this was a concern and police took him to jail, he was immediately released due to the small town and first name basis of everyone there. In today’s society, this would never occur, primarily because his safety would be at risk.
All in all, this movie gives insight, and displays many of the stereotypical behaviors that are associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It accurately shows the struggles and rewards of having someone close suffer from such a disorder, and puts it into a real life perspective. When the correct information about mental illnesses is available, society will be able to identify their own feelings about the subject. Hopefully in the future the media won’t mask the whole truth. The world will realize the severity of these disabilities and become aware of the issues with all mental illnesses.
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