Julia, the Muppet with Autism

Julia is the latest character to grace the big screen alongside pop culture giants Big Bird and Elmo. She is also the first Muppet to have autism. Autism is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. Someone with autism may display inappropriate social interaction, poor eye contact, compulsive behavior, impulsivity, repetitive […]

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/obsessive-compulsive-disorder#1 Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), formerly considered a type of anxiety disorder, is now regarded as a unique condition. It is a potentially disabling illness that traps people in endless cycles of repetitive thoughts and behaviors. People with OCD are plagued by recurring and distressing thoughts, fears, or images (obsessions) they cannot control. The anxiety (nervousness) […]

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Stigmatizing Mental Illness

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: https://ukiskingdom.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/multiple-personality-disorder/ – https://ukiskingdom.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/harley-quinn-offensive/ ] It is important to remember that portrayals in movies can are […]

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What Is a Psychotic Disorder? (Part 2/3)

http://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/guide/mental-health-psychotic-disorders#1 Psychotic disorders are a group of serious illnesses that affect the mind. They make it hard for someone to think clearly, make good judgments, respond emotionally, communicate effectively, understand reality, and behave appropriately. When symptoms are severe, people with psychotic disorders have trouble staying in touch with reality and often are unable to handle […]

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