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    DescriptionWinner of the 1996 Gustavus Myers Award for an Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America "Media Madness is a most timely, readable, and useful book, exposing, as it does, the myths about mental illness that most of us live by--myths that are as destructive as they are pervasive. Wahl is especially good at showing, in detail, the many ways in which false views of mental illness, purveyed in the media, shape the ways even the most enlightened of us view the world around us. A most thoughtful, stimulating book, from which I learned a great deal." --Jay Neugeboren, author of Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness, and Survival--A Memoir "An outstanding book ...well-researched ...it is 'must reading.'" --Laurie Flynn, former executive director, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill "The rampant inaccuracies about mental illnesses in newspapers, magazines, movies, and books make it clear that this is not merely stereotyping, but rather a pervasive ignorance. Dr. Wahl's book goes far to explain where the errors are and to educate and sensitize the reader to frequent inaccuracies. In addition, the book is very readable." --NAMI Advocate "What do the media have to do with one's perception of mental illness? Wahl takes an in-depth look a how unfavorable public images of mental illness are often inaccurate. Statistics show that one out of every five people in the U.S. will experience a psychiatric illness. With boldness and sensitivity, Wahl takes a powerful look at the inaccurate stereotypes created by the media." --Choice "Extremely well written ...This book is a valuable contribution to efforts to overcome the stigma of mental illness and 'media madness.'" --Paul J. Fink, M.D., mental health consultant Otto Wahl is a professor of psychology and director of the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford, Connecticut. He is on the advisory boards of the National Stigma Clearinghouse and the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, as well as a consultant for the Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Associated with Mental Illness (ADS Center). He is also the author of Telling Is Risky Business: Mental Health Consumers Confront Stigma (Rutgers University Press).

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    Media Madness
    Public Images of Mental Illness
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Otto Wahl
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 91 g
    ISBN 13: 9780813522135
    ISBN 10: 0813522137

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: MED
    BIC subject category V2: KNT, JMH, JFFG
    BISAC V2.8: SOC052000
    BIC subject category V2: JFD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    DC21: 362.2
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    BIC subject category V2: MBPK
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.5
    B&T General Subject: 670
    Abridged Dewey: 616
    LC classification: RC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27300
    BISAC V2.8: PSY022000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A67260000
    DC22: 362.2
    B&T Approval Code: A34300000
    Thema V1.0: JBCT, JMH, KNT, JBFM, MBPK
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Rutgers University Press
    Imprint name
    Rutgers University Press
    Publication date
    31 October 1997
    Publication City/Country
    New Brunswick, NJ
    Back cover copy
    From Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, Kojak, and Melrose Place, from books, music, cartoons, advertising, and newspapers, we all derive our images of mental illness. These omnipresent media portrayals are at the least insensitive, inaccurate, and unfavorable and at the worst stigmatizing and pernicious. In this important book, Dr. Otto Wahl examines the prevalence, nature, and impact of such depictions, using numerous examples from film, television, and print media. He documents the remarkable frequency of these images and demonstrates how the media has stereotyped the mentally ill through exaggeration, misunderstanding, ridicule, and disrespect. Media Madness also shows the damaging consequences of such stereotypes - stigma, rejection, loss of self-esteem, reluctance to seek, accept, or reveal psychiatric treatment, discrimination, and restriction of opportunity. The forces that shape current images of mental illness are clarified, as are the efforts of organizations and individuals to combat such exploitation.