Mental Health on TV: 2017 Highlights

With a brand new baby, I haven’t had much time for blogging. But I’ve watched a lot of excellent TV. In particular, portrayals of mental health problems have been getting better and better. Here are my top 3 of 2017. 1) Borderline Personality Disorder in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, despite it’s shocktastic title, is a musical comedy about a lawyer who moves from New York to California to chase down a man. She’s also struggling with her mental health, particularly as this manifests in her relationships. In episode 6 of Season 3, Rebecca is given a new diagnosis (and sings about it, naturally). This is the culmination of a dark arc in the show where Rebecca loses everything and everyone, before taking an overdose on her flight home. The diagnosis is Borderline Personality Disorder (also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder). At first, Rebecca resists this label after reading about it on the internet, but then comes to understand how it might explain her feelings...
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Freudian Script: Emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD)

Freudian Script: Emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD)

Emotionally unstable personality disorder: balance, understanding and acceptance This week's Freudian Script concentrates on a mental health problem that is not often in the public eye. As opposed to correcting stereotypes about this condition, I will instead look at what emotionally unstable personality is, common stigma problems, portrayals in fiction, and how writers can consider the condition in their work. WARNING: This post contains discussion of self-harm, suicide and abuse. DISCLAIMER: Freudian Script discusses mental health problems for writers of fiction, to encourage accurate and sensitive portrayals. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health problems, please seek help from a doctor. What is emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD)? Perhaps a better starting question is: what is a personality disorder?. A personality disorder is when an adult has a set of personality traits that cause problems for them in their lives. These have likely developed from difficult early life experiences and were at one time useful to help survive those situations. However, as the...
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