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: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Today on Freudian Script, we are exploring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - aka PTSD. Unlike other topics I've detailed, PTSD has a lot of Hollywood exposure - it's dramatic, it's visual, and it can throw your sober sensible "normal" character into a hellish irrational out-of-character orgy of chaos. With this post, I want to highlight the areas that Hollywood often glosses over and which can serve the writer interested in authenticity. DISCLAIMER: This blog post is designed for writers of fiction. If you are concerned that you or someone you know has symptoms of mental health problems, please see your doctor. What is PTSD? PTSD is a stress condition arising after a trauma - a definition which surprises precisely no one. Historically, it was first noted after the First World War, when it was termed "shell shock" or "war neuroses". During the Vietnam War, interest in the condition increased due to the frequency of its occurrence and it was more openly acknowledged and studied....
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