How CNN Butchered a Report on Mental Illness

Good evening/afternoon fellow readers. It is late evening where I am at and I just came across a CNN article of Creed’s Scott Stapp and his bipolar disorder. I’ve talked about stigmatization and how people in the general population treat mental illness like leprosy. Places like CNN is why:

Stapp now has an explanation for that period of upheaval. The singer revealed to the magazine he’s been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The events of last year were related to substance abuse and mental illness.

“I had a psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse,” he said. “I was hallucinating. I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car.”

They were not clear about what bipolar disorder is. They used words like “psychotic break” instead of defining it as mania and depression. Not to mention, they used words like “hallucinations” without clarifying that people with bipolar disorder do have have hallucinations. People who read this might automatically feel as if bipolar disorder is correlated with hallucinations, which is completely untrue. The DSM-5 criteria does not contain hallucinations within the diagnosis. The article should have defined what bipolar disorder is and how it is ruining his life. To clarify, they should have assessed what type of bipolar disorder it is. For example, the article mentioned that alcohol and drug abuse resulted in a psychotic break, so he could have a substance abuse bipolar disorder coupled with some psychotic symptoms (i.e. hallucinations).

This article did not properly address bipolar disorder and used the term interchangeably. There are so many types of bipolar disorders brought on by different characteristics. There are various symptoms that some people exhibit and others do not. The reason why there is so much stigma about mental illness is because people are ill informed. People tell half a story and leave out necessary aspects, because now people are going to have the impression that alcohol and drug abuse can result in bipolar disorder, as well as hallucinations.

Read the article here and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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