In this episode of true life there are 2 people dealing with a mental illness called social anxiety. For the female she has complete social anxiety, from paranoia to depression. The male on the other hand has a more specific social anxiety, he feels nervous and even paralyzed around women. These 2 stories were dealt in complete opposite ways. The female was looking for a quick and less social fix to the situation with meds, her narrative was a chaos narrative. If things did not work quickly or if she had to talk to people she was done with the idea. The male on the other hand told more of a quest narrative, he was actively searching ant trying to get over his issue. He tried harmonals which is a type of meditation with music to help with social anxiety along with therapy. He even tried just jumping in to social situations to conquer his illness.
As far as Sick roles goes both the male and female in this video admit that their is something wrong and that they want to change about their social personality. They both were then diagnosed with social anxiety. She also excused herself from social environments. The male excused himself from social environments but still continued to work.
In my perspective the narrative from the females point of view about the illness was more of an excuse for her to keep out of normal social environments (lecture 4.2) and for others to understand and have pity on her. From the males point of view it was more like reaching out to his friends and family to help support and encourage him overcome this situation like in the Firomyalgia article she talks about how when people ask you know they care. They were also more than willing to help him get out of the house and overcome his illness while giving him advice about how to talk to woman.
In the end the female stops taking her meds because they make her feel like a “zombie” and the male continues to push himslef to comminicate effectively to women. To me this shows that if your willing to fight you can always improve a situation but if your going to give up or try to find an easy way out, you will fail.
MTV. “True Life | I Have Social Anxiety | MTV.” MTV. http://www.mtv.com/shows/truelife/true-life-i-have-social-anxiety/1706675/playlist/#id=1706675 (accessed July 21, 2014).
“Fibromyalgia+ The Type “A” Personality= Chaos, Frustration and Near Insanity!.” BlogHer Editors. http://www.blogher.com/fibromyalgia-type-personality-chaos-frustration-and-near-insanity?page=full (accessed July 21, 2014).