Question: do your patients draw pentagrams on the walls like in tv shows
mental health, patient, stereotype
Asked by MASON to Ed - Mental Health Nurse on 5 Feb 2019.
answered on 5 Feb 2019:
I’ve seen some very ill people but never seen that. What you see on TV is rarely the reality of mental health – remember the TV is there to “entertain” by shocking or scaring you, not to offer up the facts.
Psychiatry Ward Team commented on 5 Feb 2019:
Totally agree with Ed – TV and newspapers give a very skewed picture of mental illness. One common thing you’ll see is that mentally ill people are all violent, when this is not true. In fact, people who are mentally ill and more likely to be the VICTIM of violence, but the odd isolated cases are blown up in the media.
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Arts Therapy Team commented on 6 Feb 2019:
Richard: Both Ed and Emma are right, what you see on TV or in Films is just entertainment and is a heightened reality purely for entertainment. That being said in Art therapy we do see pictures that contain disturbing imagery, often created by very frightened and timid individuals who struggle to understand why they experience what they experience because of their illness, they tend to more frightened of themselves and what’s in side them, often it may be a by product of being an abuse victim when very young, “they may have been told, that they are being punished because they are evil ” Its how an abuser will justify their actions to an innocent person, you make it their fault that something bad is happening to them. ….. its all very sad….
Arts Therapy Team commented on 7 Feb 2019:
they might ! might do anything…