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24th Nov '16 2:58:25 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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Except for extreme cases such as paranoid schizophrenia, or conditions with sympathetic social connotations (Down syndrome; severe autism), there is a tendency in media to regard mental disorders as some kind of put-on or character flaw that is at best amusing, at worst annoying. (Not that the extreme illnesses are exactly treated like cancer-victims; in fact they can be treated ''worse'' than milder forms.) The two most "comical" conditions are [[SuperOCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder]] and [[HollywoodTourettes Tourette's Syndrome]], both of which can be significant, sometimes disabling problems in real life.

At the very worst, a person is portrayed as being completely able to break out of their illness if they were to simply try hard enough -- in other words they're just plain ''lazy'' in addition to the behavior itself. Depressive? Cheer up! Manic? Just take a deep breath and calm down. Obsessive-compulsive? Relax already. Delusional? Get a grip on that overactive imagination. An eating disorder? Please. You look fine! Hyperactive? Control yourself, my God. Paranoid? It's not all about you, you know! Anxiety with panic disorder? Suck it up, coward!

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Except for extreme cases such as [[TheSchizophreniaConspiracy paranoid schizophrenia, schizophrenia]], or conditions with sympathetic social connotations (Down syndrome; Syndrome; severe autism), there is a tendency in media to regard mental disorders as some kind of put-on or character flaw that is amusing at best amusing, and annoying at worst annoying. (Not that the extreme illnesses are exactly treated like cancer-victims; in fact they can be treated ''worse'' than milder forms.) forms). The two most "comical" conditions are [[SuperOCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder]] and [[HollywoodTourettes Tourette's Syndrome]], both of which can be significant, sometimes disabling problems in real life.

At the very worst, a person is portrayed as being completely able to break out of their illness if they were to simply try hard enough -- in other words words, they're just plain ''lazy'' ''{{lazy|Bum}}'' in addition to the behavior itself. Depressive? Cheer up! Manic? Just take a deep breath and calm down. Obsessive-compulsive? Relax already. Delusional? Get a grip on that overactive imagination. An eating disorder? Please. You look fine! Hyperactive? Control yourself, my God. Paranoid? It's not all about you, you know! Anxiety with panic disorder? Suck it up, coward!



This prejudice contributes to the mentally disturbed being [[AcceptableTarget Acceptable Targets]] for the most merciless cruel humor and parodization. This pertains to sociological stereotypes that most people will tend to blame the victims of misfortunes, in order to take credit for their own ''good'' fortune, rather than owning it up to plain luck of the draw (often because luck runs out, and this means that it's only a matter of time for them).

Note that this also pertains to the illusion of control that society presents regarding one's mental state, vs. one's physical state; i.e. few, if any, will blame victims of cancer (except for lung cancer), leukemia, or similar organic physical illnesses or injuries, telling the person to "toughen up and get over it," or otherwise calling them "weak" or "lazy."

See also: HollywoodPersonalityDisorders, InsaneEqualsViolent, FunnySchizophrenia, CategorismAsAPhobia, BlackAndWhiteInsanity, AcceptableTarget. If the exact nature of the disturbance isn't spelled out it may be a case of AmbiguousDisorder.

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This prejudice contributes to the mentally disturbed being [[AcceptableTarget Acceptable Targets]] {{Acceptable Target}}s for the most merciless cruel humor and parodization. This pertains to sociological stereotypes that most people will tend to [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming blame the victims of misfortunes, misfortunes]], in order to take credit for their own ''good'' fortune, rather than owning it up to plain luck of the draw (often because luck runs out, and this means that it's only a matter of time for them).

Note that this also pertains to the illusion of control that society presents regarding one's mental state, vs. one's physical state; i.e. few, if any, will blame victims of cancer (except for lung cancer), leukemia, or similar organic physical illnesses or injuries, telling the person to "toughen up up" and get "get over it," it", or otherwise calling them "weak" or "lazy."

See also: HollywoodPersonalityDisorders, InsaneEqualsViolent, FunnySchizophrenia, CategorismAsAPhobia, BlackAndWhiteInsanity, AcceptableTarget. If the exact nature of the disturbance isn't spelled out out, it may be a case of AmbiguousDisorder.
15th Nov '16 4:52:08 PM dlchen145
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "Screwloose", a clearly insane patient in the Ponyville Hospital's mental ward, is literally barking mad. Fortunately, in later episode, Screwloose has a cameo that shows she's recovering, now living in a regular house with having a nurse to look after her.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', "Screwloose", "Screwy", a clearly insane patient in the Ponyville Hospital's mental ward, is literally barking mad. Fortunately, in a later episode, Screwloose she has a cameo that shows she's recovering, now living in a regular house with having a nurse to look after her.
13th Nov '16 11:07:32 PM Troperinik
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* Taken UpToEleven in ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', where one episode showed the entire cast to be in need of intensive psychotherapy.
23rd Jul '16 10:13:50 PM jenifer19464
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* [[spoiler: He's still alive, though without his memories...and insanity. Even then, he loses control sometimes. Later on, he regains his memories and slaughters ghouls left and right.]]

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* ** [[spoiler: He's still alive, though without his memories...and insanity. Even then, he loses control sometimes. Later on, he regains his memories and slaughters ghouls left and right.]]
23rd Jul '16 10:13:09 PM jenifer19464
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[[spoiler: He's still alive, though without his memories...and insanity. Even then, he loses control sometimes. Later on, he regains his memories and slaughters ghouls left and right.]]

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[[spoiler: *[[spoiler: He's still alive, though without his memories...and insanity. Even then, he loses control sometimes. Later on, he regains his memories and slaughters ghouls left and right.]]
23rd Jul '16 10:12:36 PM jenifer19464
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[[spoiler: He's still alive, though without his memories...and insanity. Even then, he loses control sometimes. Later on, he regains his memories and slaughters ghouls left and right.]]
19th Jul '16 8:03:08 AM Sapphirea2
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** The Doctor's madness in the Moffat era arguably peaks at the end of Series 9. In the wake of a TraumaCongaLine that includes betrayal, capture and total isolation from anyone save the MonsterOfTheWeek, ColdBloodedTorture, '''and''' [[spoiler: Clara Oswald's unjust death]], the Twelfth Doctor suffers a severe SanitySlippage and in the SeasonFinale "Hell Bent" becomes obsessed with the TragicDream of [[spoiler: saving Clara from the grave]] despite the threat it poses to the continued existence of space and time. A key reason he pulls off the BatmanGambit required to attempt this is because '''none''' of the other characters recognize or care about what he's recently endured, and even criticize him for being angry enough about it to [[spoiler: overthrow and banish]] the people responsible for his suffering. After it becomes clear that he's gone insane, only one character ([[spoiler: Clara herself]]) recognizes the horrors of what was done to him and shows him real sympathy; in the end, returning to his best self requires him to undergo [[spoiler: Mind Rape of his memories of her]] to get rid of the anguish and rage that drove him to this point. ''Ouch.''
16th Jul '16 9:26:10 AM Katsuhagi
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16th Jul '16 9:23:59 AM Katsuhagi
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* In ''Webcomic/MareInternum'' Mike clearly has quite a few mental issues, which eventually caused him to be fired from the expedition, and the comic opens on him trying to hang himself. It just gets worse from there.

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* In ''Webcomic/MareInternum'' Mike clearly has quite a few mental issues, some of which are probably from [[spoiler:being sexually abused by his uncle when he was a kid]] which eventually caused him to be fired from the Mars expedition, and the comic opens on him [[StartsWithASuicide trying to hang himself.himself]]. It just gets worse from there.
11th Jun '16 10:40:42 PM Amaryllis
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* In ''Webcomic/MareInternum'' Mike clearly has quite a few mental issues, which eventually caused him to be fired from the expedition, and the comic opens on him trying to hang himself. It just gets worse from there.
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