Mental Illness In Pop Culture

Sinopsis

In this podcast, we analyze popular films and other media that feature themes related to mental health issues and professional helping.

Episodios

  • Inside Out: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    Inside Out: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    07/12/2016 Duración: 57min

    "Do you ever look at someone and wonder, 'What is going on inside their head?'" In this episode of Mental Illness in Pop Culture, we take an "Inside Out" look at Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust as they shape core memories and personality development for 11-year-old Riley in this Disney/Pixar film. In this podcast series, we focus on pop culture portrayals of mental health issues and professional helping, believing that media both reflect and influence popular perception.

  • Silver Linings Playbook: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    Silver Linings Playbook: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    29/11/2016 Duración: 01h23min

    In this series, we focus on pop culture portrayals of mental health issues and professional helping, believing that media both reflect and influence popular perception. In this episode, we focus on mental health issues experienced by various characters in Silver Linings Playbook, most notably main character Pat, his dance partner Tiffany, and his dad. We also spend time reflecting on Pat’s relationship with and the therapeutic style of psychiatrist Dr. Patel as well as ethical issues related to their interactions. As the film begins, Pat has recently spent time in a mental care facility, is re-acclimating to family life, and is pining at an almost obsessive level to get back together with his wife, Nikki. Pat befriends Tiffany at a dinner party, where they connect over a bond of social awkwardness and common medications, each with their own idiosyncratic quirks and mental health issues. Counselors believe that change comes from relationships, and we examine how this film’s characters empower and at times en

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    21/11/2016 Duración: 01h11min

    In this series, we focus on pop culture portrayals of mental health issues and professional helping, believing that media both reflect and influence popular perception. In this episode, we focus on mental health issues experienced by various characters in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, most notably but not limited to main character Charlie. As the film begins, Charlie has recently spent time in a mental care facility, is re-acclimating to family life, and has just begun high school. Charlie befriends a group of seniors who are a self-described “Island of Misfit Toys,” each with their own issues and quirks. As Charlie’s relationships within the group unfold, he comes to terms with himself and his past, embarking on a journey of growth and development, finding healing, acceptance, and self-love.

  • Stevie: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    Stevie: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    15/11/2016 Duración: 01h11min

    In this series, we focus on pop culture portrayals of mental health issues and professional helping, believing that media both reflect and influence popular perception. This episode centers around Stevie, who when growing up participated in the Big Brothers / Big Sisters program with documentarian Steve James. The documentary focuses on Stevie's renewed adult relationship with Steve James as well as Stevie's relationship with family members, friends, and girlfriend. Throughout the film, as Stevie and his support circle await his consequences for being charged with a sexual offense, we see juxtapositions of Stevie's backstory intertwined with his current relationships and lifestyle, all framed in a context of rural values, family, and poverty. We also discuss some of our professional experiences working with court-mandated clients as well as rural Southern Illinois culture.

  • A Beautiful Mind: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    A Beautiful Mind: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    08/11/2016 Duración: 01h10min

    In this series, we focus on pop culture portrayals of mental health issues and professional helping, believing that media both reflect and influence popular perception. In this episode, we discuss the portrayal of genius, creativity, social awkwardness, paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis, and medication side-effects for Nobel Prize winning mathematician and Game Theory contributor John F. Nash, as depicted in the biographical drama A Beautiful Mind, based on the biography of the same name by Sylvia Nasar. We also discuss Nash's relationship with his wife and primary caretaker, Alicia, and how she was affected by her husband's mental health issues and taking/non-taking of medication.

  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    The Devil and Daniel Johnston: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    01/11/2016 Duración: 01h23min

    In this series, we focus on pop culture portrayals of mental health issues and professional helping, believing that media both reflect and influence popular perception. In this episode, we focus on the intersection of genius, creativity, and mental health issues for outsider artist and musician Daniel Johnston. We also focus on his interaction with and impact on caretakers -- family, friends, and others' involved with his musical career -- as well as the litany of established musical acts influenced by Daniel and with whom he was involved, from Nirvana to Sonic Youth to Wilco to the B***h*le Surfers, whose name is mentioned during this podcast.

  • Girl Interrupted: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    Girl Interrupted: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    24/10/2016 Duración: 01h22min

    Note: This episode contains quoting of main characters using profanity. In this series, we focus on pop culture portrayals of mental health issues and professional helping, believing that media both reflect and influence popular perception. In this episode, we focus on the mental health issues of Susannah Kaysen and other psychiatric patients in the film Girl Interrupted as well as how helping is portrayed by various professionals and paraprofessionals.

  • Antwone Fisher: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    Antwone Fisher: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    17/10/2016 Duración: 01h23min

    In this series, we focus on pop culture portrayals of mental health issues and professional helping, believing that media both reflect and influence popular perception. In this episode, we focus on the real-life character Antwone Fisher and his mental health issues as well as how professional helping is portrayed in this film.

  • Ordinary People: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    Ordinary People: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    11/10/2016 Duración: 01h15min

    In this series, we focus on pop culture portrayals of mental health issues and professional helping, believing that media both reflect and influence popular perception. In this episode, we focus on relationships in the film Ordinary People that main character Conrad Jarrett has with his parents, brother, girlfriend, friends, and coach. We pay special attention to the therapeutic relationship Conrad has with professional helper Dr. Berger in a film where ordinary people have to cope with extraordinary circumstances.

  • Good Will Hunting: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    Good Will Hunting: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    04/10/2016 Duración: 01h16min

    In this series, we focus on pop culture portrayals of mental health issues and professional helping, believing that media both reflect and influence popular perception. In this episode, we focus on the film Good Will Hunting, giving most of our attention to the counseling relationship between Will and Sean, his counselor.

  • Introductory Episode: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    Introductory Episode: Mental Illness in Pop Culture

    30/09/2016 Duración: 42min

    We focus on mental health issues and professional helping as portrayed in popular culture, with the belief that media both reflect and shape public perception of these topics. In this episode, we introduce ourselves and talk about why doing a podcast on this subject interests us.

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