schroedingerscas asked: (cont.) Popular comedy: Shrink, Analyze This, As Good As It Gets. A bit less mainstream: Control, Bronson, Willbur Wants To Kill Himself. Non-Anglo perspective: Elling, Englar Alheimsins, Dzien Swira. I belive when discussing mental illness in pop culture, you need to take the most popular and prevalent portrayals. The foreign language films I listed were all popular in their countries. An example...
schroedingerscas asked: I think the question wasn't about accurate portrayals - it was about mental illness in pop culture. And mental illness in pop culture is mostly misrepresented, you can't cherrypick. IMO Girl, Interrupted was inaccurate but it is NOT possible to make a project on MI without mentioning it. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a must too, so is K-Pax since they all deal with the psych...
goldenheartedrose asked: The person portrayed in Rain Man, Kim Peek, didn't even have autism. He had something called FG Syndrome. Extremely stereotypical, and yes, I agree it would be a great movie to play "autism stereotype bingo" with.
j0ltc0la asked: As an Autistic (self) advocate, I would only watch Rain Man if I wanted to play a drinking game of stereotypes about Autistic people.
lunasspecto asked: Ordinary People (depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and complicated grief), Mr. Jones (bipolar disorder), Matchstick Men and As Good as it Gets (anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder). The Sixth Sense has scenes dealing with Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Oh, and some older ones: Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (dissociative fugue) and Sybil, with Sally Field...
Anonymous asked: The United States of Tara is a television series featuring a woman with DID. I haven't seen it but I've heard it's pretty bad as far as accuracy is concerned. Movies: Benny and Joon (possibly schizophrenia), Fight Club, "Me, myself and Irene", Phoebe in Wonderland (Tourette Syndrome)...
Anonymous asked: In all honesty I wouldn't automatically go to Rain Man for these things, I've been told it's a horrible and often insulting portrayal. Do Other people have more experience/input on this?
Anonymous asked: Girl Interrupted (borderline personality disorder), Prozac Nation (depression, supposedly - a horrible portrayal in my opinion), Thin (documentary on eating disorders), It's Kind Of A Funny Story (depression, mental hospital - both a movie and a book, book was more accurate IMO), Lars and the Real Girl (delusional disorder i think? good movie but idk about the portrayal), Rain Man (autism)
sexsocialismandscifi asked: Hey, I'm working on a video about mental illness in pop culture, and I was wondering if you or any of the other mice had any good links, or examples of particularly accurate or inaccurate portrayals.
Anonymous asked: So I know the whole "Tell us a bad psychologist story" was ages ago but I just had THE WORST session i've ever had in three years. My suicidal tendencies feel out of control and I told my therapist how utterly hopeless I felt and i just didnt know what to do anymore, and she said that she didn't really know what to say, then we sat in silence for ages, then she broke the...
Facts and Stats on Mental Illness
onlinecounsellingcollege: 1. 1 in 5 people in the Western world will battle mental illness. The other 4 in 5 will have a friend, relative, classmate or colleague who suffers from mental illness. 2. Mental illness affects a person’s mood, thought processes and actions. It is usually a source of considerable distress. 3. Symptoms vary depending on the person, and range from mild to...
And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact...– The Perks of Being A Wallflower (via justbreathe831)
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.– Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (via psychotherapy)
Re: Similar memes post
If you followers know of any other memes that you would like added to the list in the previous post, please leave a message in our box :] thanks! -safet
Similar memes and Advice Animals
Like the posts here on mentalillnessmouse, posts on these other tumblrs may be triggering, so peruse and enjoy at your own risk. ADHD Aardvark Anxiety Cat Aspie Fawn Aspie Wolf Autistic Axolotl Autistic Eagle Autistic Hedgehog Autistic Kitten Avoidant Coyote Bipolar Owl Bipolar Owl [new] Body Dysmorphic Disorder Lion Borderline Scorpion Chronic Illness Cat Clinically Depressed...
How To Talk To Someone About Their Eating Disorder
Be careful to avoid critical or accusatory statements, as this will only bring out your friend’s or family member’s defenses. Instead, focus on the specific behaviors that worry you.
Focus on feelings and relationships, not on weight and food. Share your memories of specific times when you felt concerned about the person’s eating behavior. Explain that you think these things may indicate that there could be a problem that needs professional help.
Tell them you are concerned about their health, but respect their privacy. Eating disorders are often a cry for help, and the individual will appreciate knowing that you are concerned.
Do not comment on how they look. The person is already too aware of their body. Even if you are trying to compliment them, comments about weight or appearance only reinforce their obsession with body image and weight.
Make sure you do not convey any fat prejudice, or reinforce their desire to be thin. If they say they feel fat or want to lose weight, don't say "You're not fat." Instead, suggest they explore their fears about being fat, and what they think they can achieve by being thin.
Avoid power struggles about eating. Do not demand that they change. Do not criticize their eating habits. People with eating disorders are trying to be in control. They don't feel in control of their life. Trying to trick or force them to eat can make things worse.
Avoid placing shame, blame, or guilt on the person regarding their actions or attitudes. Do not use accusatory “you” statements like, “You just need to eat.” Or, “You are acting irresponsibly.” Instead, use “I” statements. For example, “I’m concerned about you because you refuse to eat breakfast or lunch.” Or, “It makes me afraid to hear you vomiting.”
Avoid giving simple solutions. For example, "If you'd just stop, then everything would be fine!"
Adapted from: National Eating Disorder Information Center and National Eating Disorders Association
Therapy isn’t curing somebody of something; it is a means of helping a person...– Rollo May (via psychotherapy)
Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even...– Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (via psychotherapy)
A Look at Borderline Personality Disorder
onlinecounsellingcollege: BPD is listed in the DSM as a newly recognised personality disorder. Having five or more of the following symptoms is a prerequisite for being diagnosed: · Experiencing a roller coaster of emotions (eg. Feeling happy and confident one day and desperate and despairing another). Note: Key emotions associated with the disorder are a sense of emptiness and intense...
onlinecounsellingcollege: Delusional disorder, previously called paranoid disorder, is a type of serious mental illness called a “psychosis” in which a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined. The main feature of this disorder is the presence of delusions, which are unshakable beliefs in something untrue. People with delusional disorder experience non-bizarre delusions, which...
billierain asked: hey, it made me sad to read your comments about conspiracy theories. some of them are theories and some of them are true. i've been through some things that a lot of people think are just conspiracies, and they were horrible, awful things. but i feel like i can't talk about them because people don't want to believe me because my history gets discounted as conspiracy theory....
Anonymous asked: How do all of you feel about the illuminati and new world order stuff? Because my sister is all obsessed with it and it's got me fucking paranoid. I try to avoid conspiracy theories because I overthink it, and get too crazy and scared.
psycho-wrath asked: Thanks for the ocd handwash mouse. This is me. Thank you so much
Accepting help is brave - Hotlines/crisis lines
Depression: Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (2433) – Can use in US, U.K., Canada and Singapore Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-999-9999 National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8245) National Adolescent Suicide Helpline: 1-800-621-4000 Postpartum Depression: 1-800-PPD-MOMS NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group: 1-800-826-3632 Veterans: 1-877-VET2VET Crisis Help Line – For Any...
Anonymous asked: hi! Just my 2cents- the onlinecounseling is really important and should be continued to be reblogged! From my perspective as a poor hard of hearing person who cant access therapy right now, or crisis hotlines. But with that, I'm sorry the anon had bad mental health professional experiences :/
Anonymous asked: onlinecollegecounseling is one of the most helpful tumblogs I've seen. Please don't stop reblogging. I'm sorry the previous anon has had negative experiences with mental health professionals, but they're not all like that, and I hope they can find peace of mind.
Anonymous asked: I hope they're useful to some of your followers, but I'm finding most of the onlinecounsellingcollege reblogs kind of triggery. I've had years of bad experiences with mental health professionals and it's a little upsetting to have generic and paternalistic therapist handouts shoved at me when I'm hoping for peer commiseration.
Have you Thought of Contacting a Crisis Hotline?
onlinecounsellingcollege: Crisis and suicide hotlines provide immediate, free and ready support to those who are facing a crisis in life. They’re a wonderful resource when you’re feeling overwhelmed as there’s always someone there, at the end of the phone - to listen, and provide you with emotional support. So what you can expect from a hotline volunteer: · He or she will have undergone...
When you're feeling sick and tired ...
onlinecounsellingcollege: Ignore those who say that they never feel fed up. We’re bombarded by messages on positive thinking because most people battle with discouragement. So what can you do when you’re living in a cloud, and everything seems pointless, grey and negative? 1. Ask someone you respect if they ever feel discouraged. You’ll be surprised by how common, and how normal, it is. 2. ...
The worst and best ways to deal with depression
onlinecounsellingcollege: Depression ‘Treatments’ That Bring Self-Harm Using unhealthy coping mechanisms often starts out fairly innocently, with people repeating something that brought them pleasure and relief in the past. But since these approaches can’t actually treat depression, the depression symptoms persevere, sometimes worsened by the efforts to self-medicate. Some of the harmful ways...
I don’t forgive people because I’m weak. I forgive them because I’m strong...– (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
Anonymous asked: Although some doctors do let "labeling" get out of hand, it is important to remember that it is there for a reason. It is an important tool. Psychology and the medical community operate on a disease model for everything from drug addictions to behavioral issues to mental illness. That helps clinicians and staff make sure the client or patient (depending on level of care) gets what they...
Anonymous asked: It's GREAT if a doctor doesn't believe in labels; it means they care more about treating you as a person than they care about treating a disease. They shoukd still diagnos you if possible, but doctors should never make the diagnosed disorder a primary concern.
Public Service Announcement
To all followers, anons, and the ilk whom have submitted messages in the past two weeks and have NOT seen them published or answered yet, we are trying to get to them ASAP! We have not forgotten you or deleted your messages. :] Apologies for the delay and thanks for your patience! -safet
thecrossroadsangel asked: You can post at your own discretion, but I really felt the need to just comment. I won't be insulted if you don't decide to post it. To the last anon -- people are different than animals. People aren't left to die like an animal in pain. It's not the same.
Anonymous asked: My best friend has severe depression and every type of anxiety in the book (literally). She's seen quite a few professionals in the past. Recently she told me that her entire life is pain, and that if an animal was in this much pain, you'd let it die. The scary part for me is that...well, she's right. You wouldn't keep a suffering animal alive. If she's in this much pain,...
Overcoming Feelings of Hopelessness
onlinecounsellingcollege: Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness? Do you feel as if you’re trapped and backed up against a wall? Are you battling depression, and feel you’re spiralling down into a pit of emptiness and hopelessness? If you feel that way, there are things that you can do to help pull you back from the whirlpool of despair: 1. Questions your feelings of hopelessness: If...
What is Dissociation?
onlinecounsellingcollege: Dissociation is defined as being “the disconnection of thoughts and memories from your normal consciousness”. These thoughts and memories are not simply erased and may resurface later on when events or experiences trigger them. Mild, common forms of dissociation (which are not viewed as being a form of mental illness) may occur when we are watching a movie, are sleep...
FAQs about Counselling
onlinecounsellingcollege: 1. What is counselling? Counselling involves the development of a relationship between a client and a trained professional (e.g., psychologist) that focuses on the client’s concerns and difficulties. It is a process in which individuals have the opportunity to improve upon their understanding of themselves, including their patterns of thoughts, behaviours,...
messyoffice-deactivated20121210 asked: I think most people know this isn't a professional advice blog; however, some people may feel anxiety about getting professional help. A blog community like this (with people who can give some real-life, non-clinical experience) is important for two reasons. First, it's a good outlet for those who don't know, "What now?" once they've realized something might be wrong....
lapetitemorty asked: I was wondering why you post text descriptions of the images? I think you've answered this before, but I'm not sure why someone couldn't/wouldn't just look at the actual image.
Anonymous asked: You sometimes give advice you aren't qualified to give. The blog is great, but please leave some things to the professionals.