How Anxious People Are Portrayed On Television
I was watching one of my favorite shows Blindspot. There was a scene where three people were trapped in an elevator during an FBI lockdown, and one of those people just happen to not like closed spaces. She started getting really anxious and also started to panic.
I love the show and everything, but the way that anxiety was portrayed really irritated me. I understand that people have different ways in which they experience anxiety. It's an invisible illness for a reason! It means people don't freak out the way that character did. The actor portrayed people with anxiety as if people suffering from it are crazy. That's offensive to me.
What's more offensive? Another character told her that she was "overreacting." That really pushed my buttons.
This is one of the reasons why I want to get back into acting. I want an accurate portrayal of people who actually struggle with an invisible mental illness. It's appalling that it's still such a taboo and most people still equate it to being insane.
Having a mental illness doesn't always mean insanity. That's such an ignorant mentality. Hah, mentality.
My mental struggles may seem trivial to some people, but it's very real to me when all I want to do is wish for it to end. If only people were more open-minded...
Anyway, sorry for the rant. I just needed to get that out. Let's all work to end the ignorance against mental illness, shall we?