Essay on Mental Illness And Its Effects On Society

1965 Words Oct 28th, 2016 8 Pages
Mental illness, when the general public hears the words mental illness they tend to think of someone who is ‘crazy’ but is that really the case? Mental illness has had a negative stigma, most of the time when you hear of someone having a mental illness a negative tone is attached to it. Many people’s only association with the mentally ill is through the media and popular culture. Oftentimes the media portrays violent criminals as mentally ill without an actual diagnosis, thus perpetuating the stigma. In popular culture, such characters as the Joker from Batman (DC Comics) are portrayed as unstable and ‘crazy.’ The popularity of such characters only furthers the stereotype of the mentally ill being violent. This leads to fear both by those who need help and those who do not understand what it means to be mentally ill. We need to educate people and help change the face of mental illness, to one of hope rather than fear. NAMI is the organization that is leading the way in changing the way people understand just what mental illness is.
One way we can start to understand and to educate is by changing the way we refer to the condition. The people who face these diversities daily are not, ‘broken’ that is why they have chosen a better, less stereotypical name for them to go by, neurodiverse or neurodivergent. Another way to help is to make diagnosis easier. For example; when a patient is diagnosed with diabetes, they have many tests to prove that is the disease they have. They…

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