Stereotypes, Stigma, and Stories of Resilience: Changing Perceptions of Addiction and Mental Illness

"Media coverage of addiction and mental health problems too often plays to the stereotype, depicting those who can’t lick their problems or have tried and failed. In what’s been called a ground-breaking study (see details below) about the impact of how addiction and mental illness are portrayed, Johns Hopkins researcher, Emma McGinty, Ph.D. and colleagues note, 'Studies analyzing the content of news and popular media have shown that the majority of individuals with mental illness and drug addiction depicted in the media exhibit deviant or abnormal behavior… In contrast, few news stories, television programs or movies portray individuals who undergo successful treatment for mental illness and addiction.”'

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