Royce White vs. The Rockets: Just How Real is Mental Illness?

In this lesson, students examine their own perceptions of mental illness to help the class reach a consensus on the following question: Should the Houston Rockets provide Royce White everything he demands, or is White asking too much?

Royce White was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft and picked 16th overall by the Houston Rockets. White has yet to play a single minute in the NBA, however, because he has demanded that the team make special accommodations to deal with his anxiety disorder.

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Intro - Mental Illness In Modern Life

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