Mental Health

The issue of mental illness is a health concern that faces a great challenge: Stigma

STIGMAA mark of shame or discredit; a strong feeling in society that being in a particular situation or having a particular illness is something to be ashamed of.

For a long time, mental illness was seen as a defect or a character flaw, rather than as a variety of legitimate acute and chronic health conditions. The medical technology and techniques available for treating those with mental illnesses have advanced dramatically in recent years, but the old stigmas associated with mental illness remain. In this section, you will find information on all of the following mental health concerns:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

The power of the entertainment industry can be utilized to help reduce this problem by incorporating accurate depictions of mental illness into productions that dispel the false impressions spread throughout the media.

Some common misconceptions about mental illness are debunked on these pages, along with fact sheets relaying the most current science-based information on various mental health-related issues. Also check out EIC’s depiction suggestions, which are provided as a launching point for creative stories that are both entertaining and accurate.

If you would like to speak to an expert on any mental illness or other mental health concern, or to set up a free briefing for you, your production or studio, contact EIC’s First Draft service.

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