It’s difficult to get people to talk about touchy feely subjects, like health problems and mental disorders, in comfortable environments. However, talking to the general public on TV is generally a step beyond that no comfort zone.
Psych Week on Discovery Health brings some of the more willing sufferers out into the open for others to watch from May 2 to May 7. This week most likely ties into May as Mental Health Month, which began in 1949, according to Mental Health America.
According to a news release on prnewswire.com, Psych Week is the “first-ever week long programming event dedicated to mental health.” It has episodes discussing severe anxiety disorders, uncontrollable anger or rage, dissociative identity disorder, schizophrenia, addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.
The fact that it’s the first weeklong TV event discussing mental health issues that severe is almost saddening. Society and culture has made it taboo to talk openly about struggles like mental disorders, though it does seem to be getting better. Some people still may fear losing their jobs or even friends, relationships and respect if they talk about their mental disorders.
I think it’s a benefit to society to have these types of mental disorders honed in on to create more awareness, but the program is also focusing on severe cases from what I can tell and possibly will make these disorders seem scary.
I haven’t seen the shows yet, since the first one airs on May 2, but I’m hoping they don’t show only people with severe forms of these disorders and who can’t handle them correctly. Everyone handles disorders differently, so that would be an unfair view. There are also less severe forms of certain disorders that may be more common. As a side note, just because a person can’t handle a disorder as well, that doesn’t make them a bad or scary person or incapable of living a normal life.