What does a real psychologist think of how mental illness is portrayed in movies? Dr. Ali Mattu, clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Medical Center, takes a look at how mental illness is depicted in pop culture and tells us how accurate they really are.
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It's unfortunate that antisocial personality disorder (as I was diagnosed with in high school) as well as most other common mental illnesses are constantly portrayed as a prop or setpiece in the life of those affected. It's typically portrayed in media as a stereotypical "heros story" sort of Arc, or a villians story aimed solely at relating an audience to the absolute worst and most extreme cases of said conditions. It creates a stigma around it, even when symptoms are barely noticeable to those outside of practice, people tend to take the worst qualities and generalizations and judge you for them even when you don't express said qualities most of the time, if at all. The label is all it takes. I refrain from mentioning it in social interactions because the last thing someone wants to hear at a party is "sorry that I'm not quite as in tune to people as I should be due to a very narrow and often ignorant mindset I possess, caused by something I have little control over, that I struggle to improve on constantly, which is why I'm even bothering to have the interactions in the first place. By the way I'm technically a sociopath, but I'm trying to improve though." Not exactly something you'd be willing to share right?
Such a great video! I personally aspire to study psychology in the future.
I have some questions about Sociopaths in form of "myths". I would love you tell me if they're right or wrong.
1. They’re nervous and easily agitated
2. They have no impulse control
3. They don’t learn from their mistakes
4. They don’t plan things
5. They’re unreliable
6. They tell lies
7. They’re manipulative
8. They don’t understand emotions
9. They have difficulty forming attachments
10. Their personality may well be from environmental factors
so judjing by these reactions, people know about mental illnesses more than they do about the physics of the world that we're living in. Which probably means, that people are/were more interested in mental illnesses than in physics, which, in turn, means that the majority of people understands mental illnesses better than physics.
Is it just me imagining, or are we living in a world of mentally ill people?
The issue with split, mpd is a very hard disorder to determine if it's actually real or not. If it does exist, it's less than 0.01% of the entire human population, which is another problem with this supposed illness.
- People mistaking DiD for schizophrenia really annoys me.
- That scene where you're talking about confusion seems really spot on for how the paranoia part feels.
- You're right that the realization that it's not real doesn't equate to not having an issue. Knowing my paranoia was about something 'not real' didn't change my body's reaction to it and it was still debilitating sometimes. It's a strange experience to be terrified of something you know isn't real.
He’s so right about the Schizophrenia bit; when I first got my cat I named him Horatio, Prince Hamlet’s close friend and the one who distinguished the ghost of King Hamlet to be, well, a ghost. He helps me when I hear things tremendously, as whenever there’s something REAL to react to, I can watch his eyes perk up, or even look in the direction of the noise.
Good kitty. Best friend.
I love how he said ppl with mental illness are often the victim of violence bc in psychopaths there’s a lack of activity in the orbital cortex and a the aggressive MAOA gene or the warrior gene and that basically determines wether or not ur gonna be a murder which is extremely vague and there’s definitely other factors but the main reason is basically if ur abused as a child that gene is basically triggered and ur ethics/morals are controlled by impulsivity but if ur loved and raised right as a child u understand ethics and morals and it won’t be controlled by ur impulsivity so someone could score really high on psychopathic tendencies but not be a murderer. everyone has psychopathic tendencies but they aren’t harmful in any way. So basically ppl who are hurt will hurt others.
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Talking about the bipolar. “It wouldn’t happen that quickly” boy you ain’t met me when I have a manic episode it happens THAT quickly or it will skip straight to that for me. Doesn’t happen often for me I keep it under control most of the time maybe once a month I’ll have a huge outburst.
I'm trying not to be mean. That upward inflection at the end of every sentence makes you sound super monotonous. And the bad part of it, is that you seem to know what you're talking about. Plus, you have great timbre. So, just think about that friend. Great video. Always been fascinated with mental illness. Grew up with mild OCD and a bit of ADHD. In Lebanon 2006, I feel like I came back with some mild form of PTSD.... Much love to all. be well
Thank you for saying Sherlock seems autistic. That was something discussed as a possibility in 221B Con's 2018 Pannel "Queering Sherlock". And I've been saying he's autistic for years. (Specifically BBC Sherlock)
A beautiful mind is based on the mathematician John Nash and he in fact did “out think” his Schizophrenia. He claimed that he could still hear the voices but that he chose to stop listening. Of course this is not the case for the vast majority of patients so it would be unrealistic to say that it is possible for all patients to out think schizophrenia.
Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.