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    Default Televising Lives Impacted By Psychological Illness: Is this beneficial?

    There is a wave of reality-based television shows out in the past couple of years focusing on documenting people with various psychological illnesses. The merits of any of these shows is debatable. (Celebrity Rehab, Addicted, Hoarders, My Strange Addiction etc.)

    This particular episode is jarring and this is just the intro snippet. Wow...

    anyway...

    What I want to know is, how do you all feel about this new trend? Do you think it does more harm than good? Is the dialogue and awareness it creates sufficient to justify the exploitation of these people, their communities, and their families? Is this just the documentation of the human condition and it doesn't warrant value judgments?

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    Doesn't work. Or rather, it rarely ever works. It is more like 30 minutes of fame (or a 13/26 episode of fame) unless it is something like Mystery Diagnosis where people are trying to uncover what is causing the illness AND trying to put it out there that the people watching might have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Rave View Post
    Doesn't work. Or rather, it rarely ever works. It is more like 30 minutes of fame (or a 13/26 episode of fame) unless it is something like Mystery Diagnosis where people are trying to uncover what is causing the illness AND trying to put it out there that the people watching might have it.
    Do you think it is ineffective for the featured individuals or the viewers or both?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    Do you think it is ineffective for the featured individuals or the viewers or both?
    Most of the time, it is ineffective for the featured individuals. Most of these people get back to their addiction the second they are not televised.

    There is a chance it can be effective for the viewers ("I don't want to be like that guy on TV.")

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    I think it can be informative for those without the syndrome being reviewed (since it's a hands-on look, not an abstracted clinical one), and perhaps maybe someone can recognize the traits in someone else they love.

    Then again, maybe people will be inclined to armchair-diagnosis incorrectly and/or worry without cause; and on some level, it's still kind of pandering to the lowest-common denominator (at core, it's still just Reality TV and putting someone's private emotional drama out there on a public basis, which is why people watch it). It also might lessen the stigma of some of the syndromes, which might be good or bad.

    I always have had trouble watching the alcoholics and the kids of... too close to home. I don't typically watch the shows.
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    It seems rather sensationalistic and not really representative of a typical case in real life outside of TV. The viewers benefit more from an entertainment standpoint than an educational one. Some of the participants probably just attention and their brief moment of fame so they do benefit in that sense, yet they are being exploited in a way.
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    armchair diagnosis like jen said would be the issue.
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    I'm really only familiar with Hoarders. In a lot of those cases, I feel as though it might be better left untelevised as they are very embarrassing and often horrendous situations with lots of psychological distress. It is interesting, but I don't know if it's really worth it being on the entertained end of it. I'd feel better knowing these people aren't being televised. Also, I don't know that they provide enough help to these people. It's usually mild counseling sessions, one or two, and then they're just left with personal organizers. These people often need real help.

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    Too case by case to say if it helps participants or viewers. However, I find it generally disturbing and a gross exploitation of vulnerable people that clearly struggle with basic functionability, let alone the affects of having their problems aired to the world. While some series may increase public awareness I think the ultimate motivation is to capitalize... This has been one of my Fi violations for a few years now and I've stopped watching things like hoarders and intervention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndyAnnaJoan View Post
    I'm really only familiar with Hoarders. In a lot of those cases, I feel as though it might be better left untelevised as they are very embarrassing and often horrendous situations with lots of psychological distress. It is interesting, but I don't know if it's really worth it being on the entertained end of it. I'd feel better knowing these people aren't being televised. Also, I don't know that they provide enough help to these people. It's usually mild counseling sessions, one or two, and then they're just left with personal organizers. These people often need real help.

    As for embarassment and discomfort, participation is voluntary.
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