Sadness is not the same as depression and OCD is not all about cleanliness.
According to research by Time to Change, 63% of references to mental health in TV soaps and dramas were “pejorative, flippant or unsympathetic” terms, such as “crackpot”, “a sad little psycho” and “basket case”. Although almost half of storylines were actually sympathetic portrayals, they often showed the characters as ‘tragic victims’.
Despite a quarter of the population experiencing mental health problems in their lifetime, there is clearly still a distinct lack of understanding around the issues many of us face. Perhaps this is why only 44% of adults and less than 20% of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive needed treatment.