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Mental Illness: Portrayal and Representation in Popular Culture Megan Mosher

Mental Health

According to the American Psychiatric Association (2014), 1 in 5, or 18.5% of adults in the United States experience a mental illness in a given year. Based on this high prevalence, it is shocking that mental illness remains a hush-hush topic rarely being discussed for fear of stigmatizing and shaming. This lack of a conversation stems from an overall lack of understanding about the topic.

Mental Health in Popular Culture

Considering mental illness affects a great amount of individuals, it is no surprise that mental illness is frequently featured in main stream and entertainment media.

It appears across all various multi-media outputs including movies, television shows, books