Recently, A friend of mine performed a song from Jekyll and Hyde, a musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s book, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Whoever had the idea to turn that horror/drama into a MUSICAL was either crazy, or brilliant, or both. Quite like Dr. Jekyll, actually.
Quick Plot Synopsis: Dr. Henry Jekyll is a scientist who believes that people have two sides to them, a good and a bad. He decides to test his theory on himself, and winds up bringing out an evil version of himself, dividing his consciousness into two parts. He names his other half Mr. Edward Hyde. Jekyll had good intentions when he began this experiment, but when Hyde asserts himself, his actions take a different course than he intended.
In short, Dr. Jekyll is suffering from self-induced multiple personalities disorder (dissociative identity disorder, DID).
Since I adore theater, and I also love helping worthy causes, I decided that I would use this week’s blog to help spread the word about Mental illnesses such as DID.
There are more than 200 classified mental illnesses, according to MHA.
32.4%, or 75 million Americans suffer from a mental disorder each year.
So think of 10 of your closest friends or family members.
Statistically speaking, 3 of them are currently suffering or soon will be from a mental disorder. 3.24 of them, actually. But I sincerely hope that there isn’t just 0.24 of a person in that group, because that would be quite odd.
So, If 3 of your friends have mental disorders, it would probably be beneficial for you to know how to act around them. I know it can be awkward and difficult to communicate, but I have included this helpful informational video to make your life easier.
I know that video was mainly about physical disabilities, but the concept still applies. People are people first. And, if you don’t know what to do, just ask.
Thank you for reading! If you want to learn more about mental disabilities, check out Mental Health America’s Website. For a list of mental disabilities and their symptoms, go to PsychCentral’s page. For more information on how to treat people with mental disabilites, try Say No To Stigma.
Catcha later alligator,