You know… It just occurred to me that before I was diagnosed with ADHD, Anxiety and Depression, my impression of the mentally ill have been colored by what I’ve been exposed to in the media.
The reason I even bring this up is because I saw in a “haunted house” attraction site that one of their attractions is a “insane asylum” with deranged killers and scary “crazy people”. I used to have the impression that those who are mentally ill must be scary and violent. Images of horror movies about “insane asylums” have stuck with me for years.I can’t even tell you the number of nightmares I’ve gotten from movies like House on Haunted Hill and others that I can’t even remember of which feature “haunted asylums”.
And now that I’m on the other side, I realize just how terrible the portrayal is. I just wanted to share a thought here. I don’t think it ever occurred to me until now just how powerful media portrayal of people can really be.
In some ways, I feel almost ashamed to say that I was once one of those who stigmatized the mentally ill.