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February 17, 2013
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

I firmly believe that our society still has a substantially ingrained stigma, fear, and overall lack of knowledge about mental illness, brain disease, and intellectual disabilities. My opinion is the television and entertainment industry continues to exacerbate the stigma by producing nonfactual and sensationalized shows, movies, and games which erroneously and negatively portray persons with mental illness. As a result, many impressionable young and middle aged adult viewers have established misconceptions about mental illness.



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