1) INTRO (normal news picture)
Attention getter: Normal. N-o-r-m-a-l. Conforming to the standard or the common type. You could say it’s a quite simple term, but what exactly does it mean? Not in a dictionary sense but in a theoretical sense. What is normal? Science says it means free from any mental disorder; in other words, sane. Well, what is sane? And is it really all that common in today’s society? What ever happened to that world where you could be told you’re special, unique, different, and no one would question what that meant?
Claim: mental illness is a serious problem in today’s society and makes the lives of those affected a much different “normal” than most are used to.
Preview: Innocent, lost, and frightened. They walk through life not knowing where they’re going. The universe is altered and distorted. Tasks that seem so simple, such as waking up in the morning, become a mountain nearly impossible to climb. Many don’t seem to understand that.
A) Teens (teen sad statistic pic)
-Mental illness can affect anyone, anywhere, anytime, but its main prey is teenagers.
– According to Ronald Kotulak, writer for Chicago tribune,” teenage eating and emotional disorders are generally under recognized and undertreated”.
-Most parents mistake mental illness symptoms as hormones or just being a teen.
Mental stability or mental health is the way humans react to, think about, and feel about what goes on in their everyday lives. It is a psychosomatic and emotional state of being. Throughout history, people with odd or dangerous behaviors were seen as witches or ones possessed by evil spirits. These people were thrown in prisons or institutions to isolate them from others. Not too long ago, in the ...
– In result to parents being utterly oblivious to their teen’s needs “nearly 60 percent of emotionally troubled adolescents [don’t] receive any type of therapy”.
-To most this wouldn’t seem like a huge deal, but what most people don’t understand is that “the failure to diagnose and treat [these teens] condemns many of [them] to a lifetime of mental problems”.
B) Adults (sad wall man pic)
-Mental illness doesn’t strike only teens. Many adults also live with the weight of a mental illness on their solders.
-In fact according to Sarah Glynn, writer for Medical News Today, “1 in 5 people over the age of 18 in the United States [have a] mental illness”.
-think of that, that may be a bigger number then you realize. Imagine 4 of your friends grown up and in college. One of you is likely to have a mental illness of some type, even if you don’t realize it.
C) Friendship (friend quote pic)
-now that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be friends with people with mental illness. It’s not their fault and you shouldn’t punish them for it.
-The mental health foundation says that “friendship can play an important role in helping someone live with or recover from a mental health problem”
-without friends or family by their side, one can feel even more lost and hopeless than anything they’ve felt before
-the best thing a friend can do for someone going through a rough time is be compassionate and listen without judgment
3) CLOSEING (eyes pic)
-mental illness is a serious and common problem in today’s world, and the obstacles people who are affected by it face make every day just a little bit more of a challenge.
-just because someone has a mental illness does not mean that their crazy or not a good person. Sure they might be different but that doesn’t give anyone the right to judge them.
-To fully understand one’s life, you must live it yourself. It’s not ok to make fun of someone with mental illness under any circumstances.
Discoveries in genetics have helped change the way society looks at mental illnesses such as manic depression and schizophrenia. A generation ago, the leading theory about schizophrenia was that this devastating emotional and mental disorder was caused by cold and distant mothering, itself the result of the mother's unconscious wish that her child had never been born. A nation-wide lobbying effort ...
– it may seem obvious or repetitive, but if it’s so clear and senseless to recognize, then why does it still go on every day.
“Friendship and Mental Health.” Friendship and Mental Health. Mental Health Foundation, n.d. Web. 26 Nov. 2013.
Glynn, Sarah. “Mental Illness Strikes 1 In 5 Adults.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 29 Nov. 2012. Web. 26 Nov. 2013.
Kotulak, Ronald. “Study: Teen Disorders Undertreated.” Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune News, 23 May 1990. Web. 24 Nov. 2013.