Paste your Google Webmaster Tools verification code here

Mental Illness in Movies!

It can be extremely challenging when confronted with mental illness in movies.  On the weekend, I watched Blue Jasmine with a friend and I thought it was an excellent movie.  I thought Cate Blanchett did an amazing job with her portrayal of her character.  Nevertheless, I found it extremely confronting with the characters mental illness and my own story.

When the character mentioned the medication that she was on, I could tick and say yep tried them. But when she mentioned ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy) as part of her treatment for mental illness I wanted to run for the hills.  I find that any mention of ECT treatment that is probably a trigger for me to feel all the anxiety I felt with my own journey.  It is never easy to admit that I had this treatment but it was the only way for me to survive going off cold turkey off a hard anti depressant and its withdrawal symptoms.  I have seen this treatment shown in Homeland and in a way I do not think it shed the best light on the treatment as in my case it was dignified.

It would be extremely challenging for actors and actresses to portray a character with mental illness if they have not had any personal experience with mental illness.  Movies need to also make sure that they are representing illness when possible in a good light due to all the stigma out there in regards to mental illness.

Fractured By Dawn Barker | Book Review

Recently I picked up the book titled Fractured By Dawn Barker.  After reading the back of the book, I thought it might be an interesting read because it dealt with the topic of postnatal psychosis.  I have to admit I was worried about opening this book because of my own experience as a survivor of postnatal depression.

The book is about Tony and Anna who has just welcomed into the family a baby called Jack.  The book goes into the events leading up to “the event” and also the aftermath of the event.  What is outstanding about this book is that it is mainly focuses on the effects this event has on the husband and the family.

This book is extremely confronting to people who have gone through similar journeys and it will be confronting to those who do not “believe” in postnatal psychosis/postnatal depression.  The main question is always how could a mother/father kill a child?  The saddest part is that it is a very real illness and unless you have been through personally, it is very hard to understand.  I have also had ECT and it really did save my life.  The Dr had to cold turkey me off an anti depressant that is known to be hard to come off in a slow way and it helped me to adjust to a new anti depressant.  I was also put into a psych ward for 4 months and it saved my life.

This book also highlights what the partner goes through which is extremely important as the partner can be “forgotten” as the focus is mainly on this other partner and getting them well.  It is really important that partners are not forgotten and given as much help as possible.

This book can not be seen as given an excuse to those people who kill children out of revenge but some understanding to those who suffer from the horrible illness.  No one chooses postnatal psychosis or postnatal depression and it can happen to anyone.

I would not recommend this book to anyone who is in the midst of their journey due to how confronting this book is.  But I do recommend this book to those who are unaware of the illness so that they gain more understanding as well as those individuals who may be suffering in silence to seek some help.  You are not alone.

I do recommend a box of tissues.