The Mentally Ill and Incarceration

This short webinar from PsychU discusses the issues that the mentally ill face in the criminal justice system. They’re often bullied, serve longer sentences, and are more likely to commit suicide than other inmates are. They also discuss the link between homelessness and incarceration and refer to the “revolving door” cycle that they face because […]

Week 13

This week I chose to focus on a theme that has come up frequently this week with Earley. This is the problem of homelessness and mental health. Many of our mental health patients have been neglected to the point that homelessness has become a real problem. Many of the people in homeless encampments face many […]

Mental Illness in Media

Mental Illness is often misrepresented in film and TV, but this video highlights some of the ones that got it right. Crazy Ex Girlfriend makes the top of the list by capturing Borderline Personality Disorder and her struggle to get a diagnosis to finally begin treatment. Rachel finishes law school and finally lands a dream […]

Week 12

My post for this week is about this video on the link between mental illness and creativity. The video discusses the notion of the struggling artist and how this is a trend we have seen throughout time. Mental illness and creativity work in the brain in similar ways and this is why mentally ill or […]

Benny and Joon

Benny and Joon is a sweet, romantic comedy about siblings who lived together and try to deal with Joon’s mental illness. The movie does not specifically state what Joon’s diagnosis is, but I would guess that it was schizophrenia judging by her behavior. Benny struggled with providing the care for her that she needs because […]

Shutter Island

Shutter Island begins with the protagonist, U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule taking a boat to Shutter Island. Shutter Island was the home to Ashecliffe Asylum for the criminally insane. Ashecliffe has a ward system depicted in the movie is very similar to asylums we have read about like Ionia. Teddy and […]

Week 11

DEA warns of sharp increase in fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl and meth ( The resource I have chosen for this week is this article about laced prescription pills. Fentanyl has been a drug that has plagued the United States for quite some time now. Many people do not know that the drugs they […]

My Digital Essay

I have worked on a digitally enhanced research essay this semester on the topic of colonial hysteria (more commonly known as conversion disorder today), and how the symptoms were viewed as signs of bewitchment in the Salem Witch Trials. You can CLICK HERE to view my essay.

Mass Hysteria

This informative video discusses how fear, power, and control can impact your mental health and cause whole communities to believe in delusions. It discusses how it appeared throughout history as well as throughout the twenty first century. There’s also connections with totalitarianism, propaganda, and mass psychosis that I found to be really interesting. It released […]