What Does “Stranger Things” Have to Do With Mental Health?

July 6, 2022

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5-15 mins
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Presented by Michigan Medicine
The Netflix hit series, Stranger Things, might have a significant impact on adolescents, according to one expert from Michigan Medicine. Jane Harness, D.O., a child and adolescent psychologist at U-M, reflects on the show’s fourth season, exploring the concept of externalization and substance use in the series. Harness also shares insights on the motif that parents, teachers, and counselors are clueless and unable to help kids, which she explains is pervasive in the media, even for young children. 

Spoiler alert: this piece discusses the plot of “Stranger Things” Season 4.

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