It only took about ten minutes for the first episode of Apple TV’s new documentary series + The Me You Can’t See before I felt my eyes start to burst. It is difficult to communicate the complicated process by which a vital event is transformed into a trauma, where our best coping strategies available are transformed into mental health struggles. As a therapist and writer, I also know how difficult it is to grasp the precise way in which pain is transformed into recovery. As Lady Gaga, one of the participants in the program, puts it, at one point, “the line is very thin.”
However, about ten minutes into this series, which was co-created and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry and the Prime Ministers on May 21, we were given a montage that captures this process in a way visceral. We see the boy, Prince Harry, who stoically kept his feelings at his mother’s funeral next to a more visibly anxious Harry when he was a young adult trying to fulfill his royal duties and keep his discomfort at bay. most obvious mask load now. These two Harrys are joined by Harry, her husband and father, sitting in an interview room with Oprah. Now, four years into his own therapeutic journey, he eloquently articulates what so many people need to hear: no matter where you come from, we all pay a high price to keep our struggles closed behind a mask. Clearly, this project is part of Harry’s own healing, as he soon says, “The only way to break free and explode is to tell the truth.”
All is well, but why pass this on to millions of people? What’s the difference between telling the truth and exploiting pain for personal gain? Dr. Ken Duckworth, medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and one of the experts on the program, says, “We don’t need a series on high blood pressure … I’ve done a good job in our country and “But cardiovascular disease, drug overdose, are problems in which we are not successful as a country.” And of course, part of the reason is that most people don’t care about receiving a prescription to lower their blood pressure, but rather share that you’re going to therapy or taking an SSRI? Forget about it.
The consequences of stigma and shame around mental health make many people avoid getting help when they need it and cause so many to suffer in silence, which in turn causes more suffering than the disease itself. Undoubtedly, one of the goals of this series is to reduce the shame and stigma surrounding mental health issues. If a royal prince or a platinum-selling pop star struggles with depression and anxiety, it’s probably okay for you to go to therapy as well.
But for me, the most powerful aspect of the show is the way it turns the dynamics of suffering around. “Vulnerability is quite” is a cliché – it’s true, it takes courage to be vulnerable to something that makes you ashamed. But the program also highlights ways in which the vulnerability of mental health struggles is in itself a strength. Unlike some heart diseases, some people with mental health problems thrive because of their struggles.
I’m not sure Lady Gaga would be who she is if she didn’t go through her trauma. The chef of the famous Rashad Olmstead, another participant in the series, would have had such a big heart and a generous spirit if he hadn’t struggled with depression? Think of the painful segment of Olympic boxer Virginia Fuch’s battle with OCD and tell me, she would bring the passion and intensity needed to become a gold medal candidate if she didn’t need the shelter she deserves. provide boxing? sometimes the fixation that consumes all the cleaning?
Lastly, however, the program highlights how vulnerability creates strength. As Dr. Duckworth said, giving others help people who struggle with their own mental health. Sharing your story and making a positive impact helps you overcome your own pain. It also makes it easier for the next person to get help and creates a more compassionate society.
Trauma researcher Bruce Perry, another expert who appears on the show, notes that none of us are “more than a person away from depression, anxiety and trauma.” The more we lend a hand to those we fight by sharing how we have fought, the more we alleviate our own pain and theirs. And in this way, the show encourages us all to maintain the complexity of what mental health really is. Our suffering leads to strength, pain and trauma pointing to a hitherto unknown inner resilience.
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