The “Pills are Evil” Trope

Although I mostly enjoyed Brooke Soso’s plotline in the latest season of Orange is the New Black, the narrative arc exploring depression had one major flaw: it suggested that a therapist giving Soso a prescription for anti-depressants was dangerous and negligent, and that only therapy could possibly help her. And this is a common problem even in progressive […]

Mental Illness in All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places is the latest “big thing” in contemporary young adult fiction, following in the footsteps of The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor & Park. Like almost every highly-anticipated YA contemporary this year, it’s about mental illness and suicide: two teenagers meet on the ledge of their school bell-tower as they both contemplate jumping. […]