Paper2 - Gallaway 1 Shannon Gallaway Professor Christopher Huggins Sociology 101-18 4 December 2013 The Power of Stigma Imagine yourself in the shoes of

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GallawayShannon GallawayProfessor Christopher HugginsSociology 101-184 December 2013The Power of StigmaImagine yourself in the shoes of a second grader, nervously waiting for the teacher to pass out the dreaded multiplication time’s table test. You get your paper, shakily have your pencilready, and wait for the one word you now despise: go. Two and a half minutes are on the clock and you must finish this entire sheet: beep. You do not finish before the stopwatch goes off. The kids who finished in time do not have to take the test again but you have to retake it each and every day until you can finish it in time. As a second grader, you feel extremely frustrated and embarrassed. As years pass, you always seem to struggle with math but can ultimately pass. Once you reach college though, forget it. That’s when you find out all along you have a slew of problems: a math learning disability and ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder). The consequences of not getting treated for those all these years added on two secondary conditions: depression and anxiety. Why didn’t anybody catch this before?There are several factors that contribute to why mental health conditions are often not caught until later ages. The stigma of mental health not only affects people being diagnosed much later than they should be, but their quality of life. I think the way knowledge is passed through the media is the biggest influence on creating this powerful stigma epidemic and shapinghow our society deals with mental illnesses. We are influenced by the information the media chooses to share with us. As I analyze these articles on ADHD in college students, I will examine1
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2[Type text][Type text][Type text]how the social institution of mass media uses power to help shape how our society perceives not only ADHD, but also mental health in general.When looking for articles about college students and ADHD, one of the first headlines that popped up was, “Study finds students tweet about Adderall. A lot.” This article is from USA Today, and it frames ADHD within the college population in a negative or harmful way. The
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