Stigmatizing Mental Illness

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I recently saw the movie Split, and I saw that there was some controversy surrounding the portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder. (DID) [formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder; I’ll leave a link to my post on this disorder and the controversy surrounding Harley Quinn and her disorders here: – ]

It is important to remember that portrayals in movies can are dramatic and can be exaggerated and that all movies are not based on true stories. That being said, people who suffer from DID are not all violent like the man from this movie. There are mental disorders and illnesses that can be associated with violence such as adult antisocial personality disorder or psychopathy, however, a 2014 study found that 7.5% of crimes committed by mentally ill people were directly related to the symptoms of their mental illness. (Mental Illness Not a Driving Force Behind Crime: Study)

We should not be looking at someone with such a situation as a threat or outlaw to society. They are people just like us. They are trying to overcome situations just like us. It is time to stop looking at people who are different than us as lesser. They are not lesser, just different.


Don’t let my thoughts stop you from seeing this movie. I thought it was wonderful. 10/10 would recommend.


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