Posted Monday, October 30, 2006 12:26 PM | Contributed by Jeff
This Halloween, mental-health advocates have a simple request. Scare people with ghouls and goblins. Fill your haunted house with trap doors and tombstones. But leave out the "psychiatric wards," the "insane asylums" and the bloodthirsty killers in straitjackets. Such themes, which have become as much a part of Halloween as pumpkins, reinforce negative stereotypes and a stigma that discourages people from seeking treatment, say activists who wage a yearly fight to remove the images from holiday events.
Read more from The Chicago Tribune via The Star-Telegram.
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That made me laugh, because if you are a "bloodthirsty killer" you are not looking for treatment before or after you visit a haunted mansion! What a lot of bull!
I can see the point where the haunted houses are to scare the heck out of you and to face your fears about such things.
But the people who don't want to get help usually have other aversions:
-They think the therapist will tell them how to live.
-...how to think.
-...that they're wrong.
Of course, none of those are the case. The only legitimate fear that I hear from people is that they'll be forced to deal with their issues, and that's a totally valid reason to be scared.
I guess I am from the "old school" of Halloween. Give me Vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, ghouls, zombies, mummies, skeletons, mideavil torture devices, Frankenstien's monster, Edgar Allen Poe, Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, Quasimodo, Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, rats, etc etc etc... you know, the CLASSICS...
But you can keep your modern Freddie's, Jason's, chainsaw weilding maniacs, etc. Doesn't take any imagination to have someone in a goalie mask jumping out at you from behind a tree and reving a chain saw. To me, that's just laziness.
Amazing gore movie right there... Saw 3 was just, beyond gore. Great movie :)
I am very "old school" Halloween as well. Give me chainsaws, crazy psychos running after me with machetes, blood and guts everywhere. Give me the most insane "psycho wards" with people screaming in straight jackets and stobe lights all over the place. THAT is what haunted attractions are meant to be, at least for anyone who can handle them. There is nothing more hilarious than the "Psycho path" or "trail" at PKI. I think it's a riot! Who on earth takes this seriously?
What a bunch of bull***. It's all FAKE and it's all FUN! They pick on music, movies, video games, old school Looney Tunes, Barbie Dolls, coasters with "demonic" names, and now they are trying to to wussify Halloween.
What's this world coming to? Is Halloween becoming politically correct now? Who's next? Santa Claus and the Eater Bunny?
JUST when you think you have heard it all.........
I didn't really care about any of the "Saw" movies (I am more into the psychological thrillers than the slasher movies, although the Saw movies had plenty of both) although an attraction based on the movies would be interesting. I would see it!
<---getting off the soapbox now.
*** This post was edited by coasterqueenTRN 10/30/2006 5:35:38 PM ***
Is Halloween becoming politically correct now?
One could argue that compared to the original Celtic origins, it already is.
(and as it's midterms time in grad school)Larry Davidson in "Living Outside Schizophrenia" wrote:
"[One of the] major barriers to defining and expanding on the self in relation to others described by people with schizophrenia [is] posed by stigma."
That means that people with schizophrenia often say that one of the major things stopping them from seeking treatment/developing normal relationships is stuff like these haunted houses and horror movies.
From the same article:
"The U.S. surgeon general's (1999) report[...] cited stigma as the number one barrier to acess to care"
so the US surgeon general's office agrees. Or at least they did in 1999.
So yeah, I agree with getting rid of the asylums. It's hard enough for someone to live with a serious mental illness without having people afraid of them going on murderous rampages and other spook house crap. It's not hard to have a haunted attraction without them. Look at the haunted houses at Knoebles or Indiana Beach.
Okay I guess it's back to midterms :/
People with schizophrenia have serverly impared reality testing; and even if the public does not believe these images, the mental health patients may internalize them which would make it that much harder for these individuals to interact with real people.
This could increase paranoia, delusions, and greatly impare the individuals desire to seek treatment; and if in treatment it could impare the ability to get better (schizophrenia does not have to be a dibilitating illness).
Okay sorry for getting on my clinical soapbox.
If a friend of mine had a serious condition like schizophrenia I wouldn't expect them to go into a Halloween attraction with strobe lights and actors running all over the place screaming, just as I wouldn't expect someone with a serious heart condition to ride a rollercoaster.
If a patient with mental problems feels that they can't develop relationships because of haunted houses or scary movies then they should ignore them, plain and simple. That doesn't mean the rest of the public should go through sugar-coated versions of Haunted Houses.
I have severe claustrophobia. Do I expect everything to change just to satisfy those who have claustrophobia? No, I just avoid closed-in places. Granted, it's a phobia and not a serious condition like schizophrenia but you get my point.
As far as being PC, well I think that got way out of hand a LONG time ago.
*** This post was edited by coasterqueenTRN 10/30/2006 11:00:08 PM ***
EDIT: and to Bob O: People with serious mental illness most likely are already in treatment, and if they are not it's a possibility things such as this and movies are why.
People with serious mental illness lack the ability to cope with things in the same way that you and I can.
And also when else have you ever heard of a lobbyist group doing something in an attempt to benefit the mentally ill in america? I'm emersed in this stuff and from my experience it is between very rare and nt at all.
Is the loss of insane asylums in haunted houses that big of a deal to people?
*** This post was edited by mike okay 10/31/2006 3:53:23 AM ***
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