Why a medical school is offering a lesson in Season 4 of Stranger Things
It’s been almost a month since the fourth season of “Stranger Things” broke the internet — and we’re still not over it. Neither does the rest of the world. The scariest season of the hit Netflix show yet, this chapter not only became the most-watched English-language series in Netflix history, but it’s also the first show to reach #1 on Netflix in more than 80 countries, as noted. by means of CNN† Fortunately, we don’t have to wait too long for our next “Stranger Things” solution. Second part of season 4 will premiere on July 1st†
From high school dramas to romantic suspense to highly anticipated reunions, this seven-part season is packed with compelling content. But the main storyline revolved around Vecna, a vicious monster who feeds on the darkness and despair of teenagers in Hawkins, Indiana. The only way to ward off Vecna’s fatal curse? Listening to your favorite song – cue “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush.
In an interview with VarietyDavid Harbour, who plays Hopper in this science fiction horror series, describes the deadly creature as a “psychological horror that I don’t think we actually saw.” “The Upside Down is this wild west world where creatures run around is violence, but we’ve never seen anything psychologically bad like this,” he continued. The psychological element of Season 4 of “Stranger Things” is so interesting and complex, that a medical school has even decided to offer a lesson to this season.
Rutgers professor encourages individuals with mental illness to learn from Stranger Things
If you are a fan of “Stranger Things” and medical student at Rutgers University, then you have a lot to look forward to next semester. Psychiatry professor Anthony Tobia will offer an elective at this New Jersey institution dedicated to the fourth season of this Netflix show. What better way to get your students excited about psychiatry? Tobia disagreed. “Great shows lead to great readings,” he said.
In an interview with Rutgers, Tobia drew several parallels between mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD, and the symptoms experienced by the victims of Vecna. The professor even revealed that the show could be a good wake-up call for teens experiencing signs of mental illness. “Be aware of your surroundings and situations, and if you see things ‘going dark’, don’t ignore that warning sign,” Tobia advised. “When things go dark, metaphorically or literally as they enter the Upside Down, it’s not a time to ignore your surroundings, it’s a time to take action.”
Tobia then recommended several ways to take care of your mental health. “One, with the help of a psychiatrist, identify the risk factors, talk to your doctor and come up with strategies and how to reduce them,” the Rutgers professor shared. “Two: identify your protective factors and make sure you learn how to access them to get out of that darkness.”
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