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3 Unpopular Psychological Disorders That Are Affecting Thousands

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As sad as it seems, it isn’t bizarre for one to know at least one person who is diagnosed with a certain mental disorder. A study reveals that approximately 18.5% of adults living in the US experience mental disorder. While this percentage doesn’t even reach a quarter, there is no doubt that this percentage sums to a large quantity of the population. Mental disorder awareness grows throughout each year, spreading awareness through social media, billboards etc. The main goal for mental disorder awareness being spread is to show that a mental illness is not something that should be held as a secret and to message those who suffer that they shouldn’t be afraid to seek help. Even with all the awareness going on, there seems to be a “mainstream” of mental disorders that are known much more to the public than other mental disorders. Schizophrenia, Major depressive disorder, and psychosis are examples of “mainstream” mental disorders that seem to be among the popular disorders that are known the most. There are thousands out there, affected by unpopular mental disorders that inflict damage to one mentally and even physically! Spreading the message about these unpopular mental disorders is just important than the more known ones, which is why we will be discussing 3 examples of unpopular mental disorders.

 

Trichotillomania

The names of these disorders come as chilling as they affect one’s body. Trichotillomania is a mental disorder where one has an unstoppable urge to pull hairs off of his or her body. The urge can come when one is overwhelmed by a negative emotion, under stress, and under anxiety. Some get the urge to pull hairs without even realizing it, causing this mental disorder to be often misinterpreted and underrated as a bad habit. The damage is mostly physical and has to do with personal appearance, leaving some with large patches of hair on the scalp, as opposed to their bald spots.

 

Alice in Wonderland syndrome

Just as it sounds, this mental disorder affects one’s perception, just like the main character in the Disney film, Alice. One diagnosed with the Alice in Wonderland syndrome experiences abnormal visual perceptions of the world around him or her. Objects that seem to be smaller or larger than they really are and size distortions are common examples of the effects of this mental illness. Common causes for the disease come from brain tumors, lack of sleep and migraines. People diagnosed with this mental disorder can often experience disturbances in their hearing perception and sounds being misinterpreted, often causing paranoia.  

 

Aboulomania

People diagnosed with Aboulomania experience trouble making decisions, ranging from the simplest of decisions to the more serious ones. This disorder is often associated with stress, anxiety, and Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Anyone trying to live a normal life comes across times where they have to make a simple decision, as simple as taking the dog for a walk or staying at home. As simple as they come, people diagnosed with Aboulomania are mentally handicapped at making the simplest of choices, causing a major effect on the way they live their lives.

SUICIDE AWARENESS MONTH: WHEN AT RISK TEENS NEED HELP

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It’s one of the most uncomfortable conversations you can have with your teen, but it’s also one of the most important to have: suicide. There has been a lot in the news recently about suicide, and in recent years we’ve lost a lot of great entertainers who ended their lives much too early.

 

While it’s a hard subject to talk about with your teens, now that it’s Suicide Awareness Month, this could be a good time to speak with your kids about how they’re feeling, and if they’ve ever had suicidal thoughts.

 

Opening Up the Discussion Around Teen Suicide

 

There’s a stigma among suicide and people experiencing suicidal thoughts. Many people are afraid to get help because they don’t know how to ask for help. Just like many are trying to destroy the stigma around addiction, others are also trying to get rid of the stigma around suicide.

 

Dr. Renee Solomon, a clinical psychologist, says, “A lot of times people worry that if you talk about suicide, we’re going to make people do it. I find it’s the opposite. If you make it taboo, your kids will get the information another way…[Teens] need to know that they can talk to someone, and that it’s okay to talk about.”

 

While there has been a lot of awareness about suicide in the news with many celebrities recently taking their lives, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that over 40,000 regular people a year take their lives, and it’s the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.

 

Solomon continues, “Increasing awareness of these issues by putting them in the spotlight for a month is important and helps society see this as a real issue. People go through their day and don’t think about it, but if there’s this awareness, it might make them reach out, or it may create an avenue for people who are depressed to reach out and not feel alone.”

 

Accessing At Risk Teens

 

While it’s important to keep an open dialog with your teens, parents can’t spot every signal or sign that their kids are in trouble. It’s a good idea to get your teen to a therapist that can assess if they’re really in trouble. “Has the person attempted suicide before?” Solomon says. “Do they have the means or a plan? That affects the level of intervention There is help available; it’s just a matter of finding it.”

 

At the most basic level, it’s important to talk to your kids and get them help when they need it with the right doctor or therapist. Solomon also lists these important keys to keep in mind with the mental health of your teens:

 

Ask. Keep them Safe. Be there. Help them connect.

 

Keep the dialog open with your teens, make your home a safe place where they can discuss anything with you, and let them know there’s help if they need it. There is a strong world-wide effort right now to reduce the stigma around mental health problems and suicide, and reducing the stigma can start right at your home.

 

ROCKERS AND MENTAL HEALTH: LIFE AFTER CHESTER BENNINGTON

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With a lot of high profile celebrities ending their lives, there has been more emphasis than ever on people at risk for suicide. For many rock fans, it was a big shock when Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington ended his life.

 

Bennington committed suicide several months after Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell ended his life, and Bennington ended his life on what would have been Cornell’s fifty-third birthday. A year later, the families and bandmates of both musicians are still trying to pick up the pieces.

 

Linkin Park Mike Shinoda Paying Tribute to His Fallen Comrade

Linkin Park guitarist Mike Shinoda is currently on a solo tour where he’s hoping to celebrate Bennington’s memory, and he told The Guardian, “Each night we’ve been creating this forum for people to get together,” and as this report explains, “Striking a balance between reflective and celebratory [on Chester’s life] is important to [Shinoda].”

 

The fact that Shinoda still carrying on creating music is important to the fans. When he meets fans backstage, “The sentiment is usually, ‘Thank you for the music, thank you for carrying on, the new album is helping me, seeing you on stage let’s me know that I can carry on…Different people deal in different ways. My coping style is staying in motion, through music and art.”

 

Raising Awareness

Earlier this year, Bennington’s widow Talinda launched her own mental health awareness campaign, and one of her biggest goals is to help break down the stigma that many have about mental health issues.

 

She told the New Music Express, “The passing of my husband cannot be in vain. His passing was a catalyst for opening up dialogue with respect to emotional and mental health…It’s up to us to change the way we think of mental health, to acknowledge that everyone has their own mental health to care for, and to end stigma and shame when we need to seek help for it.”

 

The Music Business Reacts and Musicians Seek Help

Thankfully anxiety, depression and addiction no longer have to be a secret shame, and these days more musicians have been speaking out than ever.

 

For far too long, the mental health of musicians has been overlooked. But with many musicians struggling with their mental health and succumbing to depression and addiction, the industry can’t look the other way any longer.

 

In recent years, there have been efforts made to get musicians the mental health help that they need. After two hip-hop artists died, Avicii and Lil Peep, music manager Nick Jarjour told Variety, “The music industry needs to do a better job at treating mental illness among musicians, artists, writers, producers and professionals.”

 

An organization formed in England, Help Musicians UK, also found that out of 2,000 musicians they polled, 71% of them have trouble with anxiety, and over 68% of them struggle with depression.


Awareness if the first step. A lot of artists have been very candid with the public about their mental health struggles, and this will hopefully continue to reduce the stigma, and embolden more people to get help and get better.

HOW DEPRESSION CAN AFFECT A FAMILY, AND HOW THERAPY CAN HEAL EVERYONE

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Depression isn’t just tough on the people who are suffering from it. It can be especially hard on families when one of your children is dealing with mental health issues. Depression can be inherited through heredity, and it can also creep into a family’s psyche from a troubled environment. Yet when someone finally gets help for depression, families can heal as well.

 

Healing Yourself and the Family

As a new article in The Atlantic explains, “Early evidence suggests that treatment has a ripple effect in families.” The writer of the article, Angela Lashbrook, explains she was in therapy as a kid for depression. “On and off until I graduated high school, I’d ‘hang out’ in the doctor’s office, playing [board game] Connect Four before begrudgingly consenting to more intense discussions. The effect of these sessions was undoubtedly helpful for me. But one thing my self-involved teen brain never considered was that the treatment could improve my parents’ mental health as well.”

 

And new research backs Lashbrook up on this. The American Psychological Association just reported that when teens get help for depression, depression symptoms in their parents can heal as well. “The finding, based on a study of 325 American teens and their parents, points to what might seem obvious in hindsight: happier kids make happier parents.”

 

The Heredity of Mental Health

In researching this article, Lashbrook noted that 87% of the parents in this study were mothers. An earlier study of women who suffered from depression showed they were more likely to have children with behavior problems. Another study revealed that even if a depressed parent adopts a child, a parent’s depression affects a natural or an adopted child.

 

It’s hard to see a troubled child going through depression or mental health issues, and as a source at Columbia University says, “Relationships are reciprocal. If one child isn’t doing well, if they’re having mood problems, if they’re more irritable – it’s affecting their behavior that impacts the rest of the people in the family.”

 

The Collateral Effects of Depression

The collateral effects of depression can affect a person’s surrounding environment as well. One professor told The Atlantic that in schools “teachers report that one of the greatest stressors is mental illness within the student population, so I can’t imagine that if these things aren’t treated, that it won’t affect the overall classroom environment and climate.”

 

Apparently, there is still more research that needs to be done about how overcoming depression can affect a family. Again, depression isn’t just tough on people that are suffering through it, it can be hard on the people around you as well. But kids and parents getting treated together can be very beneficial, and it can help everyone heal together.

 

As Lashbrook concludes, “I know my depression and anxiety impacted my parents, but the extent to which my mental-health care has affected them is hard to quantify.” The current research states “it indeed make some difference, and that mental health, both good and bad, has a ripple effect – through families, through communities, and maybe even beyond.”

 

TOM HARDY OPENS UP ABOUT ADDICTION AND ANXIETY

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Tom Hardy is the British movie star of such films as The Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk, and the upcoming Marvel spin-off Venom. He’s also currently celebrating thirteen years of sobriety and has been speaking out about his battles with addiction.

 

Wrestling With the Beast of Addiction

As Metro reports, Hardy had a troubled youth. Your Tango reports that Hardy started experimenting with drugs at the age of 13. He was kicked out of boarding school, and he did several stints in jail as a youth.

 

Hardy also struggled with anxiety. “I’m just a frightened bloke,” he told Your Tango. “Everything scares me. Not being in control, not knowing, anticipation, waiting for something to go wrong.”

 

Hardy turned his back on drugs in 2003. His marriage collapsed, and he did a stint in rehab to get himself together.

 

Like many suffering from addiction, Hardy had a bottom, and he said at his lowest he was willing to “sell my mother” for cocaine. He went “entirely off the rails” after a movie he starred in, Star Trek: Nemesis flopped at the box office. While he wound up passed out in a pool of puke before getting sober, he says, “I’m lucky I didn’t have some terrible accident or end up in prison or dead – because that’s where I was going.”

 

Hardy calls addiction a disease and “my beast.” He says, “Now I know my beast and I know how to manage it. It’s like living with a 400-pound orangutan that wants to kill me. It’s much more powerful than me, doesn’t speak the same language and it runs around in the darkness of my soul.”

 

The Turning Point

Hardy came to a point where he says he became “a shameful suburban statistic. I was told very clearly, ‘You go down that road, Tom, you won’t come back.’ That’s it. All you need to know. That message stayed with me clearly for the rest of my days. I am fucking lucky to be here.”

 

Not that his journey has been easy. “It was hard enough for me to say, ‘I’m an alcoholic.’ But staying stopped is fucking hard.”

 

When Hardy first went into rehab, he says he “went in thinking I’d do it for a little bit until I can go out and drink and people forgive me. I did my 28 days, and after listening to people who had been through similar circumstances I realized I did have a problem.”

 

Hardy told GQ, “I’ve been sober longer than I’d been drinking now. It’s a nice place to be. But I don’t turn my back on it – it doesn’t mean for one minute it can’t bite me in the ass. It’s part of ‘the story’ that I used to be Bad Boy Tom – because that’s not true either. Just bog-standard drunk – got lucky, got recovery, stuck to it like fucking glue. Really grateful.”

 

Hardy’s fans are grateful he pulled himself together and became one of the most versatile and unique actors in the business. While Hardy is certainly glad he’s a successful actor, he’s clearly more proud of being sober and a good family man.

STYLES OF FIGHTING ANXIETY AND IMPROVING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

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Anxiety can be a very hard mental health problem for many to fight. There isn’t one right way to deal with anxiety, and you can come up with your own techniques and things to tell yourself to calm yourself down when you feel anxious. Now Forbes has taken a look at how people deal with anxiety differently, and what the different kinds of reactions to anxiety there are.

 

Your Personal Style in Dealing With Stress

 

Paula Davis-Laack teaches an online course about dealing with anxiety at Stanford University. She has also written a book called The Upside of Stress, which may seem like a funny title, but learning how to deal with your anxiety can be incredibly helpful.

 

As she writes in Forbes, “Just knowing that there are a variety of ways to respond to stress was enormously helpful for me in terms of thinking about my own stress response style. Being able to view adversities as challenges (rather than threats) and knowing that your stress response is meant to help you connect with others can really make a difference in how you process stress moving forward.”

 

Stress Responses

 

Knowing how you react to stress and anxiety is important to your mental health. As Davis-Laack continues, “Consistent stress sensitivity and lack of stress resilience have been shown to predict future mental-health outcomes.”

 

Davis-Laack then listed the five common ways that people deal with stress and anxiety. There’s the freeze response, where you are paralyzed by anxiety. Then there’s the fight response, where you get into a self-defense mode to combat stress. Flight response is when fear makes you want to flee or escape. Then there’s the challenge response.

 

As Forbes writes, “How you think about stress matters enormously in terms of how you process it. Some people view stress as a threat, while others are able to view it as a challenge.”

 

When you look at stress and anxiety as a challenge, “you get additional energy, your heart rate rises, and your adrenaline goes up.” When you know how to deal with anxiety in a positive way, you’re more focused, and “you are more easily able to access your mental and physical resources…People who are able to think about stress more as a challenge and less like a threat report less depression and anxiety, higher levels of energy, work performance, and life satisfaction.”

 

How to Reach Out For Help

 

While it’s important to have the inner strength and resources to deal with anxiety and stress, it’s okay to ask for help as well. This is what Davis-Laack calls a “tend-and-befriend response.”

 

Opening up to a friend where you can mutually confess your anxieties can be very helpful. “Being able to reach out to close friends, colleagues, and family members is central to resilience, flourishing, well-being, happiness, and just about every other positive metric of human functioning.”

 

So before your next stressful moment comes, look at how you can respond to it. Ask yourself how would you prefer to respond to stress, and how would you like to improve how you currently respond to it? And it’s good to think of different ways you can respond to stress in the future.

 

None of this comes overnight, but if you start improving your stress and anxiety responses now, it should benefit you greatly in the long run.

 

 

 

STEVEN TYLER REFLECTS ON ADDICTION

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Steven Tyler is the famed lead singer of rock legends Aerosmith. Like the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith is just as famous for years of drug and alcohol abuse as they are for their incredible music. Tyler and his bandmates were lucky to get help before it was too late, and Aerosmith enjoyed a hell of a comeback in the eighties. Tyler has been outspoken for many years about his struggles with addiction, and he recently spoke out about going down “the worst path.”

 

Down the Rabbit Hole of Addiction

Tyler described addiction in Alice in Wonderland terms, telling The Fix, “I went down the rabbit hole.” And like many who have suffered from addiction, his deadly habits become more important than anything in his life.

“I have an addictive personality so I found certain drugs I loved and didn’t stop to the point of hurting my children, hurting my life, hurting my family, and hurting my band. There was a point where I didn’t have a band I didn’t care.”

 

The Mythos of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

Many musicians buy into the mythos of sex, drugs and rock and roll, which today has become a very hoary cliché after many musicians have overdosed and died. “I think rock stars…I felt like I had an obligation to keep that alive,” Tyler said. “I certainly had my way with women and women had their way with me.”

Many often wonder just how much money a rock star can waste on drugs, and Tyler said he blew somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 to $6 million on narcotics, primarily cocaine and heroin. In those days, a lot of rock stars used cocaine to keep going during grueling tour schedules.

“If it wasn’t for cocaine, I don’t think the band would have played every state in the United States nine times in seven years. Because there was no MTV back then, Peruvian marching powder, it was like, ‘Iowa, three in a row?’ Give me that. It’s what we did, but you know there is no end to that. It’s death, jail, or insanity.”

 

Making it to Seventy Through Recovery

Tyler is currently seventy years old, and he recently came to a drug court graduation in Maui, telling the grads in attendance, “You’re my heroes here today because you have come from somewhere that I lived myself. To come out through the wormhole like you’re doing today is a true beyond-belief miracle. I’m so proud of you, each and every one.”

While many rock stars have fallen by the wayside through addiction, Tyler knows he’s lucky to be alive today and wants to speak out and help others. “I want to be in touch with what it means to be in this band and stand for something in the rock and roll community or you fall for anything. I don’t want to do drugs anymore for that reason…That place lost me my kids, a marriage, a band, a lot of things and it’s for real. That’s how dangerous that is. So I take it seriously.”

 

 

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HOW TO HELP FRIENDS COME DOWN FROM ANXIETY

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When people suffer from anxiety, depression or other mental health issues, it always helps to have a good friend that can help you through. While a good friendship can’t solve all of your mental health issues, it’s important to have support when you feel down.

 

How we talk to our friends who are suffering from anxiety is important. The wrong words or phrases can be harmful, so how do you speak to a friend or family member who has anxiety issues?

 

Key Phrases to Speak

 

As Self explains, if a friend’s anxiety is going through the roof, a good question to ask is, “What can I do to help right now?” Yes, it’s a very simple question to ask, but a key question for someone suffering from anxiety. As one psychiatrist explains, “Without knowing what the person wants, it’s hard to know what to do. Some people may want support, some people may want advice, some people may want people to just leave them alone.”

 

As Carolyn L. Todd writes, “In general, asking is a better way to support someone than diving in under the assumption that you know how to help…Even better: If your friend mentions their anxiety on a day when it’s not skyrocketing, take the opportunity to [ask] how best to support them when it does feel unmanageable.”

 

And When Not to Speak

 

Sometimes not saying anything can help with anxiety. You can ask, “Would it help if I just sat here with you?” Many times with anxiety and other mental health disorders, people have a hard time articulating what they’re experiencing.

 

It can be very difficult for people to understand what they’re going through when they suffer from anxiety, and sometimes just being there can be very helpful. As one psychologist explains, “Offering a consistent, calm and reassuring presence speaks volumes. [It] communicates that they are loved and supported.”

 

Body language is important too. You want to make sure that your facial expressions are empathetic and sympathetic, that you don’t look irritated or annoyed by a friend’s anxiety.

 

Other Key Phrases That Help

 

As Self continues, other key phrases that can help include, “I love you and I am always here for you, no matter what’s going on,” as well as, “Do you want me to come over?” Texting a phrase like this to a friend can be very reassuring.

 

Carolyn L. Todd writes, “The specifics of what you say will vary based on your friendship and what exactly the person in question is dealing with. The point is to let them know they have your unwavering support, even when you’re not together in real life.”

 

What Not to Say

 

There are also key phrases you should refrain from when your friends suffer from anxiety. Don’t say, “There’s no reason to panic,” or “Just stop worrying and you’ll feel so much better.” This is obviously easier said than done, and sometimes trying to make a panic attack go away can make things worse.

 

Anxiety is a tough beast to get a handle on, and if you suffer from it you should seek professional help. At the same time, being a good and sympathetic friend is at least one step towards helping and healing someone who is suffering.

 

SHOULD WE REALLY WORRY ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION?

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Lately, there have been screaming headlines all over the net about social media addiction. There are some people that believe that social media and video games are truly addictive, but there are also some people who believe the moon landing was faked. Should we truly be concerned about social media addiction? Or is this just hysteria?

Experts Speak Out

A recent headline even asked, “Is Social Media As Addictive As Cocaine?” Well, that might be stretching it, but as The Fix explains, “One expert suggests that media-stoked fears about addictive technology only serve to divert attention from pressing problems like online privacy and user consent.”

Citing a report in Business Insider, scientists from the Oxford Internet Institute believe it’s irresponsible to compare social media to hard drugs. A report on the BBC even claimed that some social media is “deliberately” set up to keep people hooked, which almost sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie.

Harmful or Hysteria?

One engineer melodramatically said, “It’s as if they’re taking behavioral cocaine and just sprinkling it all over your interface and that’s the thing that keeps you coming back and back and back. Behind every screen on your phone, there are literally a thousand engineers that have worked on this thing to try to make it maximally addicting.”

One trick this engineer came up with is “infinite scrolling,” where you can scroll through content endlessly without having to click anywhere else. But is this trying to keep kids hooked, or is it just making social media easier to traffic? It’s certainly hard to believe that there’s truly something sinister going on behind the scenes when many tech people are trying to streamline technology.

A Big Difference Between Social Media and Addiction

As sources tell The Fix, comparing the buzz you get from social media to the high you get from a drug is stretching it. For example, your brain can release dopamine when you look at Facebook, but it’s nowhere near the high you can feel when you ingest cocaine.

As one source explained to Business Insider, “Dopamine research itself shows that things like video games and technologies, they’re in the same realm as food and sex and learning and all of these everyday behaviors, whereas things like cocaine, really you’re talking about 10, 15 times higher levels of free-flowing dopamine in the brain.”

In some parts of the world, there are rehabs that deal with video game addiction, and some people would scoff at this. Some feel it an addiction to tech can be a serious disorder, while many feel there are far more serious addictions in the world to be dealt with.

Is This Worth Getting Concerned About? Probably Not

People can get addicted to practically any substance, whether they’re harmful or not. And there are certainly many who would think it’s ridiculous to compare social media to cocaine.

Funny enough, many people reach out to each other on social media when they need help with addiction, so if social media is indeed addictive, maybe they’d have to find a low tech way to reach out for help. (Are there any pay phones still around?)

 

CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ANTI-COCAINE CLASSIC SCARFACE

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There’s a lot of ways you can look at Scarface, and while many rappers look up to Tony Montana as a hero, the film stands as one of the best anti-drug stories ever made. It’s a classic story of how a man gains the world and loses his soul to cocaine and greed, and it still packs a powerful wallop today.

*Oliver Stone wrote the screenplay for Scarface, and it was his way of saying goodbye to his cocaine habit. He sobered up to write the script and as Maxim reports, “some scenes were even inspired by his own experiences” with the drug. He also researched the drug trade with the DEA, which inspired the infamous chainsaw scene. (Stone was told of a drug lord who chopped up a snitch this way.)

*In making Scarface, director Brian DePalma wanted to show the brutal truth of the drug trade, which is why the film was so violent. In fact, Scarface was initially given an X rating for violence, but it finally won the R on an appeal. (The head of the MPAA, Jack Valenti, voted for the R, and said he would allow his daughter to see it because it had a strong anti-drug message.)

*To play a woman emaciated by drugs, Michelle Pfeiffer also lost a ton of weight from a diet of “tomato soup and Marlboros,” to the point where the crew was worried about her health and brought her food.

*Scarface was not a success when it was originally released, but it proved very influential over time, and it can be applied to a lot of areas of life, including the business world. While the movie is now thirty-five years old, it still has a strong anti-drug message, and it still has a lot to say about addiction and the war on drugs today. As Oliver Stone said, “Scarface was definitely on the money, it was right on. It was exaggerated, but it was close to the truth and nobody got it at the time. Miami Vice plunged in right where we left off.”