Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness

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Rutgers University Press, 1997 - Psychology - 220 pages
Winner of the 1996 Gustavus Myers Award for an Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America "Media Madness is a most timely, readable, and useful book, exposing, as it does, the myths about mental illness that most of us live by--myths that are as destructive as they are pervasive. Wahl is especially good at showing, in detail, the many ways in which false views of mental illness, purveyed in the media, shape the ways even the most enlightened of us view the world around us. A most thoughtful, stimulating book, from which I learned a great deal." --Jay Neugeboren, author of Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness, and Survival--A Memoir "An outstanding book . . . well-researched . . . it is 'must reading.'" --Laurie Flynn, former executive director, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill "The rampant inaccuracies about mental illnesses in newspapers, magazines, movies, and books make it clear that this is not merely stereotyping, but rather a pervasive ignorance. Dr. Wahl's book goes far to explain where the errors are and to educate and sensitize the reader to frequent inaccuracies. In addition, the book is very readable." --NAMI Advocate "What do the media have to do with one's perception of mental illness? Wahl takes an in-depth look a how unfavorable public images of mental illness are often inaccurate. Statistics show that one out of every five people in the U.S. will experience a psychiatric illness. With boldness and sensitivity, Wahl takes a powerful look at the inaccurate stereotypes created by the media."
 

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Contents

Chapter One Madness Madness Everywhere i
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Chapter Two Words and Laughter
14
United Schizophrenics of America
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Nutty psychiatric patients are THE DREAM TEAM
23
Lobster Lunacy
24
Certifiably Nuts
25
Where Crazy Glue comes from
31
Kudzu cartoon Rev Will B Dunn
33
Friday the 13th
72
Maniac
73
Freed Mental Patient Kills Mom
77
Chapter Five So What?
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Chapter Six So Why?
110
Chapter Seven Future 1mages
132
Language about Mental 1llness
139
Crazy People Are Coming
142

Just plain nuts
34
Chapter Three A Breed Apart
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This offer could get you committed
39
Things from 1panema
40
Animaniacs
41
Chapter Four Murder and Mayhem
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Nightmare on Elm Street
57
S is also for Stanley
64
You wanna laugh tonight?
143
The worlds first schizophrenic lawnmower
149
Promise
160
Chapter Eight Exit Lines
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Appendix B Television Shows about Mental 1llness
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Novels about Mentally 111 Killers
189
Notes
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