Against the advisement of the prison warden (Dennis Hopper), psycologist Diana Purlow (Dina Meyer) attempts to map the mind of serial killer Jesse Mowatt (Pavan Grover) and discovers images so twisted and horrific, she can't begin to explain them. But when Mowatt later escapes death from the electric chair and begins a lethal rampage, she is faced with a terrifying question: Is he merely a talented serial muderer... or something fare more unspeakable?
Psychiatric Treatment For Mental Illness Often Avoided Due To Stigma Those suffering from mental illness have historically been stereotyped as weak, incapable or defective. Though there are hundreds of disorders under the broad category of "mental illness," our society has put them all in one basket, assuming everyone suffering is defective. This has led to societies where those with these struggles live in fear of losing jobs, friends and social standing due to their illness. This stigma and the fear it creates forces sufferers to hide their mental illness and reject the idea of seeking treatment - a very isolating and potentially harmful way to live life.The stereotyping of the mentally ill in film, television and media has framed our perceptions, leaving many in our society in fear of the so-called delusional and dangerous people lurking among us. Even though someone who may be depressed after the loss of a loved one will seek different psychological treatment than someone who was born with schizophrenia, we tend to view them all the same. While most mental illnesses are due to issues during brain development or chemical imbalance, it is important for people to know that most are treatable.Admitting you have a problem to yourself or loved ones can be difficult enough, but taking the steps to get professional help can be crippling. Even in the 1950s, those dealing with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, were often subjected to unspeakable abuse in state hospitals and institutions - sometimes perishing after barbaric or experimental treatments. Though mental health professionals today take incredibly caring and holistic approaches to their patients' treatment, this history keeps a lot of people from seeking help.Another barrier for those who finally seek treatment is actually finding the services they need. Searching online for a psychiatrist or psychologist can seem daunting; if you find someone you like and trust, you have to confirm that they're covered by your insurance - if you even have coverage. A large number of America's homeless are dealing with mental health issues and lack the resources to pay for the services that could help them keep jobs, find housing and truly succeed.The World Health Organization estimates that by the end of 2020, mental illness will be the second leading cause of death and disability. This statistic is no surprise to those working with members of our armed forces, who deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and drug or alcohol abuse when they return to the states. Many of these soldiers deal with the fear that they are somehow weak for admitting their issues, leading them to struggle alone - after serving their country bravely. Due to these increased numbers, the U.S. government has made an effort to provide new resources, promote research and stop the stereotyping of those with mental health issues.Though the cloud of stigma that has been forming for over 100 years has begun to lift, it is important that those suffering from depression, dissociative disorders or anxiety understand that normal life is possible. With medication and psychotherapy (if needed), people unable to function due to mental health issues might realize they can live the life they've always wanted.Reproduction permitted only when all active hyperlinks are included. 2010 All Rights Reserved.