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Special Episode: Mental Health in Pop Culture

December 8th, 2017

For this special episode of The Pop Culture Lens, co-hosts Christopher J. Olson and CarrieLynn D. Reinhard address a question: are representations of mental health issues in pop culture helpful?

Their answers delve into the many different mental health issues represented in television and film, from bipolar disorder and depression to mental health facilities and addiction. They discuss texts from Shock Corridor and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to BoJack Horseman and Pi.

In the episode, they make several recommendations, which are included here:

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website