Mental Health Disorders on Television

Representation Versus Reality

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About the Book

  In past decades portrayals of mental illness on television were limited to psychotic criminals or comical sidekicks. As public awareness of mental illness has increased so too have its depictions on the small screen. A gradual transition from stereotypes towards more nuanced representations has seen a wide range of lead characters with mental health disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD, autism spectrum disorder, dissociative identity disorder, anxiety, depression and PTSD. But what are these portrayals saying about mental health and how closely do they align with real-life experiences?
Drawing on interviews with people living with mental illness, this book traces these shifts, placing on-screen depictions in context and demonstrating their real world impacts.

About the Author(s)

Kimberley McMahon-Coleman has a PhD in literature from the University of Wollongong, where she currently works as the Academic Director of Regional Campuses at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research interests include the Gothic, Indigenous literature, popular culture, and academic language and learning.
Roslyn Weaver has a PhD in literature from the University of Wollongong and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical humanities at Western Sydney University. Her research interests include apocalypse, popular culture, children’s literature, and speculative fiction.

Bibliographic Details

Kimberley McMahon-Coleman and Rosyln Weaver
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7215-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4020-4
Imprint: McFarland