Stop Romanticizing Things That Hurt
by kaylaleonard on December 3, 2017 - 11:25pm
You would like to think that mental health was taken seriously, wouldn’t you? For years, the idea of romanticizing mental illness has come to play and Dawnie Cheung explains more on the issue. She starts off by explaining how mental illness is hard to understand unless you’ve experienced it. She goes on to explain how mental illness was taught to her to be frightening and scary, although now in this generation, it’s viewed as normal and “cool” to have. If you look through any feed or dashboard on social media, you could see for yourself how mental illness was indeed being seen as “beautiful”. She explains how people romanticize the idea of being saved by someone, and wanting the perfect relationship. She explains how this was the start of glorifying mental illness. She goes on to point out that it’s even seen on TV, and not just in books. If you’ve watched the show “The Big Bang Theory”, you would know the character, Sheldon Cooper. She continues on by saying that he’s viewed as “cute and hilarious”, and these traits are less tied to mental illness and more tied to an interesting personality quirk. She concludes with a point of asking content producers to show mental illness for not what it is, and not to glamorize it. She reminds us that 12-year-olds watch TV, and if they see things like this, they would want to be someone with a mental illness to be like their favorite character, and that’s exactly what Dawnie is warning against. I agree and disagree with some points. I can’t explain how many times I’ve gone to Indigo and picked up a book that romanticizes the idea of mental illness, where the girl is in need of saving and the boy is always there to pick her up when she falls. This most of the time never happens and I agree that the media, TV, and authors should be writing more realistically about this issue. I disagree with the fact that mental illness is seen as beautiful. I don’t think anyone could ever think mental illness is beautiful, and if they do it just means they aren’t educated on the subject. I see how people can romanticize the idea of it, but I can’t see how they could see it as beautiful. I also agree on the aspect that content producers should be more careful and should tell it how it is, because a lot of children do watch older shows, and I could imagine how a child could want to be like one of their favorite characters and pick up certain mannerisms that could have been avoided. All in all, people shouldn’t beat around the bush and mental illness should be portrayed as what it is, an illness.