Category Archives: Entertainment

Fandoms Are Fun, but Are They Healthy?

Hank Green (Vlogbrothers, SciShow) just launched SciShow Psych, a new YouTube channel devoted to answering questions about psychology. For one of their first few videos, they tackled a question that’s near and dear to me, and probably to many of you as well: is fandom a healthy obsession, or is it a problem? The answer, […]

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A Psychological Look at ‘Logan’

If you’ve seen Logan, you know it delves into some pretty dark territory. Wolverine is a character with a long, painfully history, and the film isn’t afraid to explore the consequences of that. In this video for Shrink Tank, Jonathan Hetterly, LPC takes us through some of the traits, situations and mental health issues that […]

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‘Rueben Leaves’ Is an Award-Winning Animated Short About Obsessive Thoughts

RUBEN LEAVES from Frederic Siegel on Vimeo. If you’ve ever dealt with obsessive or intrusive thoughts and the anxieties that come from them, the award-winning short “Rueben Leaves” may be familiar. Created by Frederic Siegel, it’s the story of a man who tries to leave his house to attend a meeting at the office, but […]

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How TV’s ‘This Is Us’ Impressed Viewers With a Panic Attack

Television shows don’t always do a great job of portraying mental illnesses. A few particularly horrendous examples come to mind. Lately, though, mental health issues are being portrayed with increasing care. Take last week’s episode of This Is Us, which has gotten rave reviews from people with anxiety and panic disorders. One of the show’s […]

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“Trapped Fish” Says a Lot About Loneliness

“Trapped Fish” was created by designer Yuwei Qiu as a senior capstone project at Washington University. Qui describes it as an autobiographical work on homesickness, but anyone who’s ever been alone in a crowd will probably find many of its evocative scenes familiar.

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In Yuri!!! On Ice, Mental Health Takes a Lead Role

I’m a little late to the Yuri!!! on Ice party — it took a few weeks of my entire Twitter feed turning into heart-eyes emojis and squealing before I gave it a look. From everyone’s reactions, I’d assumed that it was a fluffy, adorable sports anime without much depth — not a deterrent, because those […]

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Reaching Out Can Be Scary, But This Short Film Reminds Us It’s Worthwhile

Hey Mari! from Linda Fong on Vimeo. Animator Linda Fong created this adorable short film for her 4th-year project at CalArts. It captures the existential terror that sometimes comes along with reaching out to someone when you’re not sure how they’ll reply — but reminds us that it’s often worth it in the end, too.

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Need a Pep Talk? This Comic Has You Covered

http://delusioninabox.tumblr.com/post/102574236012/daily-696-feeling-a-bit-down-so-this-aggressive Laura Kajpust is an illustrator who posts autobiographical comics about mental health that are sometimes painful and sometimes wonderful. Here’s one of the latter, in case you need a pick-me-up today.

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This Poem Captures The Challenge of Explaining Our Mental Health Issues

Sabrina Benaim’s “Explaining Depression to My Mother” is a powerful piece about trying to explain something as big as mental illness to someone who doesn’t understand. Mom says, “Where did anxiety come from?” Anxiety is the cousin visiting from out-of-town depression felt obligated to bring to the party. Mom, I am the party. Only I […]

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