Category Archives: Entertainment

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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In This Webcomic, Mental Health and Hope Share the Stage

Earlier this year, illustrator Vicky Leta launched the webcomic Generic Lottery. It’s a personal look at mental health, or as she puts it, at “depression, dating, and being a dingus in your mid 20s.” In it, she perfectly captures the frustration of knowing that anxiety isn’t rational and not being able to do anything about […]

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Ever Want to Go Toe-to-Toe With Your Mental Health Issues?

According to its creator, Didrik Wickman, Brain Ghost is “a lighthearted film dealing with depression and anxiety, made at Sörängens Folkhögskola.” Specifically, it’s about punching your depression and anxiety in the face. It uses all sorts of nods to video games to tell a story about fear, depression, love and acceptance — and it’s utterly […]

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Love and Anxiety Make a Great Ghost Story

Poet Brenna Twohy performs Anxiety: A Ghost Story at 2015’s National Poetry Slam. It’s a poem about Goosebumps, horror stories, haunted houses, and the dangers and joys of love that’s accompanied by anxiety. You can find more of Twohy’s work over at Button Poetry.

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