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CARLIN MORRIS

My current body of work addresses the pedagogy and politics involved in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. From a young age I have been prescribed medication to remedy the symptoms of ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. Having become reliant on prescription medication and feeling exasperated I studied practical therapy techniques used in children and adolescents with similar conditions. In this research I have found that the lines that define justifiable prescription are tenuous, moreover that the politics of diagnosing mental illness –in an age of perpetual overstimulation- has served to create a large group of peoples who are being negatively impacted by the notion that their symptomatic behaviors can only be alleviated by drug use. This trope of modern medicine is most pervasive in young adults experiencing high levels of stress and prolonged exposure to audio-visual stimuli.