Hollow Humour

March 18, 2015

(Nature) – The portrayal of mental-health conditions (or, to be less semantically guarded, mental illnesses) in the media and popular culture has a significant influence on the way that many people view both the conditions and those who have them. Next to lawyers and police officers, physicians are among the most frequently fictionalized professionals, and psychiatrists feature heavily. Despite the well-quoted statistic that one in four people will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives, the medical reality is something more easily viewed at a distance, peeking through the silver screen at the misery of somebody else.