Mental Illnesses and society

Lately it has come to my attention that society has become so desensitized to the reality that is mental illness. When every commercial on TV seems to advertise the newest miracle drug...the cure to depression...how can people not treat mental illness like it is just a profitable fad? It seems that every teen is on some new form of experimental medication, making them walking zombies, minions to the Medical Corporations.

Now, people use terms like "bipolar" so loosely...not truly understanding the meaning behind the word. Teens use the term to label someone who may be moody that day...yet do they understand that bipolar is in fact a serious mental illness?

Furthermore, the term "emo" has been used to degrade people suffering from clinical depression that have fallen into the habit of harming themselves...some even dare to say it's just a fad and emos only do it for attention...yet, do these people understand what teens with clinical depression go through?

To older generations this new drugged up generation seems to just be a product of drug companies and the new media. According to my parents "these kids just need an ass kicking to set them straight"...And "back in their day kids were happy, none of this depression crap existed"... Well, maybe kids just didn't understand what depression was...surely there was suicide "in their day"...

Maybe my generation is just a product of the drug companies and new media...or maybe we're a step towards further understanding of mental illness... let's hope it's the latter
Posted on December 28th, 2008 at 09:41pm

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