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MAY CAUSE increase depression, behavioral changes, thoughts of suicide, increase risks of death or stroke, high fever, stiff muscles, confusion, uncontrollable muscle movements, high blood sugar that may lead to coma or death, decreases in white blood cells, dizziness, seizures, trouble swallowing, and impaired judgement or motor skills. Our society is based on a thought that there is a pill for everything and anything. Many commercials are about medicines that will fix any kind of disease or illnesses that you may have. In the social media commercials, like this one about ABILIFY, almost make you think that just taking the pill will fix your depression. But, if you listen very closely you hear in the warning that it may not only increase your chance of suicide but also increase your depression. Social Media And Mental Illnesses Rachel Wilson, Leah Catalano, Sam Uppleger, Delaney Tepel, Hannah Mathies, and Lindsey Wood (not the safest part of television ) Today, many people think that people suffering from bipolar disorder are crazy and unable to function. There is a stigma that these people go from extremely happy to extremely sad, making them unpredictable. Although bipolar disorder has the same characteristics listed above, it is not completely similar. Being bipolar is not being hopeless. People are able to live normal lives and stay healthy. "A recent study measuring vitamin D deficiency with 12,600 participants aged 1 to 90 showed that those with the lowest levels of the vitamin were more likely to report symptoms of depression compared to people with higher blood levels of vitamin D." -Healthy Life Magazine Common symptoms of Anxiety News is a major source of misleading ideas involving mental illnesses. In reality only a very small portion of people with mental illnesses act out violently. The news has people believing that violence stems from a mental illness. Bipolar Disorder in Magazines Fear of losing control
An urge to pass urine
and hundreds more Crazy, insane, helpless; These are some of the stereotypes placed on people with mental disorders in our society. Many peoples perception of mental disorders are far from the truth of what they really are. These perceptions come from movies, books, and especially magazines. Thousands of people read magazines everyday, believing articles that talk about "crazy people". Many are quick to judge and make their assumptions. Theses assumptions are told by the news reporters, therefore putting a negative connotation on people suffering from mental health disorders. What they forget to tell you is that there is not just one anxiety disorder but multiple types, from general anxiety to phobia and stress related to OCD, all of which can be cured by therapy or with the help from family members. Cases like this contribute to the stigma involved with mental illness. Steps to take instead of just taking commercial miracle pill:
First, talk to your doctor or medical practitioner
Next, know that anxiety is the next most common metal illness out there
Above all, remember to relax and you can over come this disorder without pills, but don't forget you will still need help from a professional. "Erika is a bipolar person, and that is why this happened—not because she was a terrorist,” This statement was taken from an elderly man who witnessed Erica Menedez push a man into a subway. That statement is what most people would say. They jump to conclusions that the person automatically has a mental disorder. Although the woman may have been suffering from a different disorder, society has been taught to assume that if something crazy like that incident occurs, that person must be bipolar or have other major medical problems. Society is extremely quick to put the blame on the "obvious" factor.
Because of the media, people's perception of depression is not only biased but for anxiety as well. When many people think of anxiety they automatically go to the assumption that it is not a real mental problem, that it's nothing more than the stereotype of panic attacks and stress. In reality, it is a serious issue that is closely linked to depression and other mental disorders. Due to commercials, ads and TV shows we see anxiety as a result of stress, and because the media is a tool meant to capture people's attention anxiety is often over exaggerated or made into a joke. The sad thing is is that anxiety is no laughing matter; many people who struggle with depression also have a hard time controlling their anxiety, causing their depression to worsen and even escalate into bipolar disorder. Despite the media's negative portrayal, seeking support and aid from doctors and family members for controlling anxiety is much easier than most people think, and in the end proves the media's comical notions wrong. More recent news stories involving violent acts linked with mental disorders are mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut this past December. The media has a way of portraying depression drastically and unrealistically. Like many commercials including this one, depression is not viewed as a mental illness but rather a dramatic "phase" or feelings a person goes through. The use of limited lighting and extremely emotional acting exaggerates the stereotypical symptoms of depression: moodiness, low self-esteem, and physical tiredness. While this commercial may seem informative, it misinterprets what depression truly is. People with this mental illness do experience these symptoms but depression is not merely feeling tired or ugly; it is an illness that affects a person's sense of self worth and interaction with the world around them.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBDaduA0oYw Anxiety also has the same commercial message that depression has, that if you take the pill all your symptoms and problems will be solved. Today's society not only makes the statement that pills solve all are problems, but try to make people think they have mental disorders. In any commercials see at one point they will say, "if you have the following ... you may have this mental illnesses and call your doctor to get this prescription." In the message of the commercial it never says that help for most mental illnesses can come from therapy or other professional care. The message from most commercials is that the mental illness you have can only be treated by their pill, and to cure yourself you must take their pill. In both depression and anxiety there are a number of other treatment options open to those people, but it is the magical pill that most people believe is the only option. They believe this because commercials are seen more; people are lazy and will believe what they only see and will not got looking for information about treatment options when are already given a treatment that is just a small pill to take. Other options you may not know to be treatment for depression is Psychotherapy, Electric Shock Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and others. Some interesting information is that Electric Shock Treatment is used for severe depression when medication may not work, proving that the magic pill that is advertised may not work. http://www.9news.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2240957103001 When people see stories on the news involving people with mental disorders and violence they start to associate one with the other. Everyone immediately thought that he must have had some sort of mental illness. It was discovered that he had Asperger's and sensory integration syndrome. This started up all kinds of movements to change gun laws to make it harder for people who have mental disorders to get guns. The positives of "A Beautiful Mind." You see that even thought Dr. John Nash has schizophrenia, he overcomes his mental illness and is awarded a Noble Prize in economics. It is a true story about a man who has schizophrenia but is a genius in mathematics. It is great for the side that says not everyone with a mental illness is not smart because it shows that people with mental illnesses are not dumb or uneducated and can live extraordinary lives. In the movie Nash shows many signs of being schizophrenic; the main one being antisocial and later having hallucinations. Nash believes that he is working for the Pentagon as a code breaker and must defeat the Russians, but in our reality none of that is true. Nash's wife tries to help him see what is real and not. It takes Nash's own mind to see that the best friends he thinks he has is only his imagination. He see this by seeing that his hallucinations do not age. It is amazing that Nash could set his reality aside to see in our reality. This is a great step for mental illness to show that despite Nash's schizophrenia he can live in our reality and leave his behind. The negatives of "A Beautiful Mind." The down side of the movie is that it does not show all the treatment options or all the symptoms of it either. The movie forces primary on his being antisocial and hallucinations. Also, it only shows him from an adult and on not as a kid. The movie does not give all the information about schizophrenia. The symptoms are
Losing interest in everyday activities, like bathing, grooming, or getting dressed
Feeling out of touch with other people, family, or friends
Lack of feeling or emotion (apathy)
Having little emotion or inappropriate feelings in certain situations
Having less ability to experience pleasure Also, the movie is that this is one exception; not everyone with schizophrenia is a genius or will get a Nobel prize. Most people with schizophrenia are mentally handicapped and can not live in normal society with out being medicated. In the movie, Nash lives unmedicated and that can be very dangerous. For people with schizophrenia their hallucinations could tell them to hurt others and if they listen to them it can cause innocent people to get hurt. The movie is not a perfect representation of how people with schizophrenia live life. Nash's life was made perfect to be used as a Hollywood movie. The movie left out that Nash and his wife did get divorced. The movie also must have worked Hollywood magic with Nash's hallucinations to make them inserting and over the top. People with schizophrenia do live in their own world, but in their world we can not understand what is going on. An example would be the scene with the car chase. Nash's hallucinated friend was driving and the whole scene seemed real but if his hallucination was driving did any of that really happen? The movie never says what happens and it's hard for us to try and see what goes on in the mind of a person with a mental illness. Mental disorders are often presented in an unrealistic and overly-dramatic way in the media. Schizophrenia is an example of a disorder that can be shown in this way. Schizophrenia is a disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by a deficit of typical emotional responses. Symptoms can include delusions, auditory hallucinations, and disorganized speech and thinking.
A Beautiful Mind presents Schizophrenia in a positive way because it shows that someone can have this disorder and still succeed in their life. In the movie and in real life, John Nash is a math prodigy and has schizophrenia. He overcame having this disorder and won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994.