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Article : Empire Is Finally Giving Us an Accurate Depiction of How to Treat Mental Illness

le 15 avril 2016

[Slate] One part of Empire ’s bizarre Season 1 finale last year was concerning: the depiction of Andre’s bipolar disorder, which had been fairly accurate before that, began wading into some dangerously muddy moral waters. Having gone off his meds and experienced a breakdown, he decided to throw himself into religion and prayer in order to seek treatment. The problem, of course, is that religion and prayer alone are not proven to be able to treat extreme mental illness without some sort of medical attention accompanying them. 

Yet the writers seemed to lean hard into Andre’s commitment to faith as a cure for his mental illness without much skepticism, save for a few tossed-off lines in which his wife Rhonda expressed her own concerns.

His faith has only grown stronger and permeated nearly every aspect of his life in the meantime, though—he signs a rapper based solely on the fact that his stage name is religiously inspired, and he is baptized out of the misguided hope of being washed of his sins. Since Empire  returned from its midseason hiatus last week, however, his bipolar disorder has crept back into the spotlight due to Rhonda’s miscarriage. They’re both devastated, of course, but Andre starts showing erratic characteristics similar to what he exhibited in the past: rash decision-making (in this week’s episode, “A Rose by Any Other Name,” he sells off his unborn son’s trust in order to buy back Mimi’s shares of the company) and an accelerated, stuttering speaking pattern.

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