Seminar in Abnormal Psychology: Mental Illness and the Media
Schizophrenia is the same as “split personality”...or is it? People with mental illness are frequently violent… or are they? Shock therapy is barbaric...or is it? Repressed memories of trauma can be accurately remembered through hypnosis...or can they? The “answers” to these questions as portrayed by the media often reinforce popular myths about mental illness, its treatments, and its treatment providers. These myths can have a tremendous impact on individuals and society. Students who participate in this course will enhance their ability to identify and understand the sources and impact of media representations of mental illness.