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Description of the Project

My project is about mental illness. In today’s world, most people do not understand what people with mental illness go through. My object shows that someone who is shot or hurt receives sympathy from others. However, people with mental illness are always blamed for it or is accused of “making excuses”.

List of Ideas

#1 Sociological Idea: Maladaptive Fallacy
Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Geel, which is a Belgian town, is a church dedicated to Dymphna, a saint believed to have the power to cure mental disorders. For over 700 years, people in Geel have been accepting people with severe mental disorders into their homes and caring for them. The people are not called patients. They are called guests or boarders. There are about 250 boarders in Geel. This has become a popular tradition in Geel. In conclusion, they do not have a maladaptive fallacy.

#2 Sociological Idea: Demedicalization/Societization of Deviance
Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Since 2009, The U.S. Army has kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers for “misconduct”. However after they returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, they were diagnosed with mental health disorders and traumatic brain injuries. That means many of those soldiers are not receiving the crucial treatment or retirement and health care benefits they would have received with an honorable discharge.

#3 Sociological Idea: Blaming the Victim
Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Ruby Wax talks about how people with mental damage are always accused of being an act of imagination. She questions why every other organism in your body can get sick and people feel bad, but never when something happens to the brain.

#4 Sociological Idea: Stigma as Death Camp Singularity
Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Tom Harrison talks about how mental illness should be talked about all the time just as if you were talking about breaking your arm. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of and talking about it can really help a lot.

#5 Sociological Idea: ‘Schizophrenic’ (& Drug) Strategy
Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Gordon’s book “Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey out of Depression” talks about people who are depressed and do not need drugs to feel better. However, people who are depressed use drugs to self medicate their own trauma.

#6 Sociological Idea: Patient-Objectification
Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: The 1940s is known for the developments in medicine and psychiatry. During this decade, scientists developed a new technology to cure mentally ill adults. The minds of these adults were wiped clean giving them a fresh start using electroshocks.

#7 Sociological Idea: Medicalization of Deviance
Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: The White House said that it supports efforts to ban therapies aimed at conversion therapy, which are therapies that are aimed to convert gay and transgender minors into heterosexuals. They support it now because of a 17 year old, Leelah Alcorn, who committed suicide after writing on her Tumblr post that her parents forced her to go to conversion therapy.

#8 Sociological Idea: Vicious Circle
Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Prison Guards have tortured, killed, and driven to suicide the mentally ill in Florida prison. They gave them vicious beatings, scolding showers, and severe food deprivation. As the mentally ill revolted, conditions worsened every time.

#9 Sociological Idea: Socially Produced Psyche
Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Over the past 10 years, states cut a lot of money from their mental health budgets resulting in clinics shuttering across the country. The result is a lot of mentally ill people ending up in jails right where they started. They are locked up in facilities that are not equipped to help them.
#10 Sociological Idea: Degradation Ceremonial
Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Realizing that you yourself are mentally ill and going to see a psychiatrist who conducts therapy sessions with you and gives prescribed medications as a result.
How did you make it?

I was browsing the internet and saw an image showing someone that was shot and someone with mental illness. So, I took the two heads I used from my first project and made them into one person that was shot and one person showing they had a mental illness. I wanted to show the difference between the two.

Advice to Others

The best thing to do is pick a topic you are most interested in because that will help you put more time and effort into it. A tip for understanding the readings is actually read it and then take notes while reading it. DO NOT procrastinate and take your time.