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2015 Changed The Way We Address Mental Illness On TV

It's important for TV shows to convey there's more to someone than their mental illness, freelance reporter Julie Kliegman tells HuffPost Live.

The entertainment industry has been notoriously dismissive of those with mental illness, but according to freelance reporter Julie Kliegman, strides have been made this year for more sensitive portrayals on TV.

Kliegman, who recently wrote about the subject for Vulture, explained to host Alex Miranda on Tuesday that while the progression for more nuanced portrayals of mental illness has been slow, 2015 was a tipping point with shows like "Mr. Robot" and "You're The Worst." 

"It's not necessarily that there are a lot more shows addressing mental illness because that's kind of hard to say," she said. "But there are a lot of prominent shows addressing it and people are talking about it." 

Dr. Paul Puri, a psychiatrist and TV writer, also joined the conversation explaining how mental health is getting more respect on TV. He explained:

"We've really seen the movement from peripheral, secondary or supporting characters to the primary characters and the leads displaying not just more subtitles to it but really the experience of what it's like to be going through different forms of mental illness -- or what the writers think mental illness is or want to represent about it."

Watch the video above for more from Kliegman and Puri and click here to watch the full conversation on portrayals of mental health on TV.

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