Why Joker’s depiction of mental illness is dangerously misinformed

With films playing a key role in shaping attitudes to mental health, two doctors say Joaquin Phoenixs troubled supervillain perpetuates damaging stereotypes As doctors who work on acute inpatient psychiatric wards, serious mental illness is our daily reality. We have, therefore, watched the controversies around pseudobulbar affect also known as emotional incontinence perhaps caused by his childhood head trauma. Joker may make an attempt to unpick the difference between the psychiatric and the neurological between a mental illness and a medical disorder but it runs the risk of conflating the two with a haunting, stigmatising and problematic image. Whether intentionally or not, Arthur comes across as a hysterically laughing supervillain, stereotypically mad to the untrained eye; a murderous clown laughing …

I know antidepressant withdrawal symptoms are real. Why didnt doctors? | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Like many, Ive experienced severe side-effects from withdrawal, says Guardian columnist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett Its something of a relief to see before you, written down in black and white, what you have known to be true for a long time: in this case, that antidepressant withdrawal symptoms arent, well, all in your head. In a significant shift in position, the Royal College of Psychiatrists now accepts that it has Lancet Psychiatry paper co-authored by David Taylor, the director of pharmacy and pathology at the Maudsley Hospital in London, who has himself experienced withdrawal, describing it in a recent 7.3 million people in 2017-8 were given a prescription, 70,000 of whom were under 18. These pills are often prescribed in consultations …