The Book That Changed The Way I Saw My Mental Health

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Oftentimes, fictional characters with mental illness seem to be unable to find a healthy or stable relationship. Usually, shows involve heartbreak for depressed characters or plotlines revolving around their inability to sustain marriages, friendships, or relationships.

"You're The Worst" changed that.

One of its biggest characters, Gretchen Cutler, admitted that she was clinically depressed in an emotional episode that also addressed her relationships, both in a romantic and platonic sense.

Though Gretchen lamented about the tough circumstances of her "broken" mind and its effects everyday life, she eventually decided to admit and accept her illness, but in a way that emphasized normalcy, instead of marginalizing her or making it a master status for her character.

"So the only thing I need from you is to not make a big deal of it and be OK with how I am and the fact that you can't fix me," Gretchen said.

People with depression don't need to be fixed. There is nothing "wrong" with them. This is one of the biggest breakthroughs a show could have because it validates the fact that mental illness isn't a defect, but simply a biological occurrence. No one can "fix" a person with mental illness, no matter how much they love them.

Showrunner Stephen Falk told INSIDER that the writers' room is a place of discussion when it comes to how the show deals with mental illness.

In the end, all writers' rooms need to engage in these discussions, no matter their genre. Accuracy is key, especially as pop culture aims to tell more of these kinds of stories.

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