#9 When Interviewing Becomes Complicated With Bias


Questions –

When dealing with this disorder, how does it affect you in everyday life when interacting with others? Are there any hateful comments/slurs?

Has there ever been huge misunderstandings or bullying at school/work places? How did they/you handle it?

How should we deal with people who are stubborn with the fact of mental health? How would you teach someone about this?

What are somethings you would like people to know about this issue? Anything you really wanted to say, but couldn’t?

Can you describe what everyday activities are like? What are some challenges you face?

Are you currently receiving some sort of health care? Do you see any changes with medical care over past years? Is it costly?

What was the initial reaction of learning about their/your diagnosis? How did you/others cope?

What advice would you give someone going through the same situation?

Are these questions in any way offensive or harmful to people dealing with or supporting those with mental health? Is there a way we can improve?

What’s the hardest part you’ve encountered from this disorder?


Furthar Reseach –
For the past week I was pondering over what I should ask for future interviews. I really didn’t know what to write and it super complicated once you get started. I try not to get to pushy or be to soft, but if we don’t nudge them at least be a little, we won’t be able to get precise information.

I personally have a friend who’s dealing with mental health issues them self along with a few others in their family. I know their family is one bored with them and has a tremendous support system. I just still feel weird and awkward when talking about it to them. And this is what I have a problem with. It’s not just that they, the people we’ll interview, feel uncomfortable it’s me. I don’t feel disgust that’s actually on the other side of they spectrum it’s just hard to talk about it when there’s so much bias circulating around it. With this WtS project I can see us helping others be more open to mental health.

Going off what I wrote with bias and other things going about the mental health community Donald Trump said some controversial thing (Obviously). In an interview with CNBC he said “I feel that the gun-free zones and, you know, when you say that, that’s target practice for the sickos and for the mentally ill,” All in all theres a stigma that people with mental health people issues make up the majority for many shootings. Which I might add is wrong the percentage of mass shootings committed by someone with a mental health problem are very low.

Citations –

Koren, Marine. “Donald Trump and ‘The Sickos'” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 29 Oct. 2015. Web. 13 Nov. 2016. <http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/10/donald-trump-gop-debate-mental-health/413023/>.

Markfollman. “No, Mental Illness Is Not the Main Cause of Mass Shootings in America.” Mother Jones. Foundation for National Progress, 27 Oct. 2015. Web. 13 Nov. 2016. <http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/10/mental-health-gun-laws-washington-post-poll>.


Rex Ross

One Response to “#9 When Interviewing Becomes Complicated With Bias

  • Rex:
    Good questions and good thinking. Your struggles are normal and natural. We’ll definitely talk about how to work through these struggles when we get together in December.

    What are you planning on doing this week?

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