Wraith in Apex Legends hears a mysterious voice that helped her unlock her powers and tells her what will happen in the future. So is she mentally unwell? Who decides?

In this episode Don, Sachin, Fai and Marcus (mental health doctors) discuss characters who hear voices: Wraith from Apex Legends, Legion from X-Men, and Lain from Serial Experiments Lain. What do they have in common? The voices are real! So are they mentally unwell, and why they still portrayed with mental illness tropes? And what does “real” mean anyway?

We read from the following sources:

About Legion the FX show: https://www.vulture.com/2017/03/marvel-legion-tackled-mental-illness-with-intelligence.html

About biblical Legion: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23858255

About how different cultures view “hallucinations”: https://academic.oup.com/schizophreniabulletin/article/40/Suppl_4/S213/1874317

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