Option 1: Media and Mental Illness

  • Option 1: Media and Mental Illness
  • Find a source of information in the media (e.g., newspaper,  talk shows, TV programs, films, etc.) that deal directly with mental  illness
    • You will need to cite this media source in your References page
  • Discuss the quality of the coverage, the accuracy/inaccuracy  of the images presented, the assumptions made about mental illness, and  an overall evaluation of the coverage.
  • Be scientific, back up your arguments with the research  literature. How does this coverage affect those suffering from the  particular form of mental illness covered?
    • Could you present the information in a better way? How?
  • Your paper will need to be 2 to 5 pages in APA format, not including  a title page and reference page. The rubric will be posted on Canvas.
    • MUST include a Title page
    • MUST include a References page – site the media article, TV show, movie, documentary, magazine article, website page
      • Refer to the APA Purdue Owl website


Paper Option 1: Media and Mental Illness

Movies/TV Shows Featuring a Mental Illness Disorder & Characters with Mental Disorder

Movies (not an exhaustive list)

Lights Out

Donnie Darko

Perks of Being a Wallflower

A Beautiful Mind


Hide and Seek

Girl, Interrupted (trigger warning)

A Star is Born

Welcome to Marwen

Love & Other Drugs

Silver Linings Playbook

The Notebook (Alzheimer’s Disorder)

Black Swan

The Soloist

Rain Man

Little Miss Sunshine

To The Bone

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

American Sniper

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Love & Mercy

Benny and Joon

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Coco (Alzheimer’s)

Glass (2018)


American Psycho

Still Alice

On My Block

The Three Faces of Eve

George Jung character in the movie Blow


What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

A Clockwork Orange

Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil, and Vile

The King’s Speech

What About Bob?

Temple Grandin

Rain Man

T.V. Shows (not an exhaustive list)

This is Us: Randall

Black-ish: Rainbow (Bow) Johnson

Chapelle Show: Tyrone Biggums

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Schmidt

The Simpsons: Barney Gumble

You: Love and/or Joe

House: Dr. Greg House

Girls: Hannah Horvath

Saved by the Bell: Jessie Spano

Insecure: Molly

Netflix Jessica Jones: Jessica Jones

One Day at a Time: Penelope

BoJack Horseman

You’re the Worst: Gretchen

Grey’s Anatomy: Owen Hunt

Shameless: Ian

Grey’s Anatomy: Christina Yang

Psych: Shawn Spencer

Grey’s Anatomy: Richard Webber

The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon Cooper

Grey’s Anatomy: Miranda Bailey

The Big Bang Theory: Raj Koothrappali

Grey’s Anatomy: Arizona Robbins

Hulu’s show Dave: GaTa

Grey’s Anatomy: Amelia Shepherd

Euphoria: Rue Bennett

Mr. Robot: Elliot

Empire: Andre Lyon

Monk: Adrian Monk

Criminal Minds: Spencer Reid (short time)

Grey’s Anatomy characters (can focus on 1 episode, character, patient, etc.)

Criminal Minds characters (can focus on 1 episode, character, killer, etc.)

The Good Doctor: Shaun Murphy

Atypical: Sam

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