Choose at least one movie from the list below. Google the disorder associated with the movie or use your textbook as a reference. Answer the following questions on paper (typed or handwritten). I will be looking at these papers so this information needs to be in writing. Your final draft for both sets of questions should come up to about 2-3 pages typed, double-spaced.
1. What are five of the symptoms of this disorder?
2. In what population (meaning what age, what gender etc). is this disorder most common?
3. What are some of its causes?
4. What are some treatments for this disorder?
Watch the movie of your choice and attempt to answer the following questions:
1. What are some examples from the movie of symptoms of this disorder?
2. Is this disorder represented in the movie in any way that is surprising to you or that does not correspond to the official information about the disorder?
3. People who suffer from mental illness often suffer from more than one mental illness. Do the characters in this movie suffer from any other mental illness’s apart from the one you have researched?
Note: It could be very cool to contrast two movies’ representations of the same disorder. So, for example, look at how antisocial personality disorder is represented in No Country for Old Men and Silence of the Lambs.
Silver Linings Playbook A beautiful mind (schizophrenia)–funny, sad, dramatic
Girl Interrupted (Depression, Bipolar Disorder)—dramatic
Silence of the Lambs (Antisocial Personality Disorder)–very very very very very very scary. Only for the very very very brave who never ever have nightmares.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Antisocial Personality Disorder/Conduct Disorder)Sad, dark, little bit scary.
What about Bob? (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder)Funny
As Good As it Gets (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)Funny, touching, dramatic
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (various disorders and lobotomies)Sad, dramatic, beautiful
Prozac Nation (Depression)I haven’t seen this, but I believe dramatic:)
Rainman (Autism)Sad, dramatic
Matchstick Men (obsessive compulsive disorder). I haven’t seen this, but I believe dramatic:)
No Country for Old Men (antisocial personality disorder)Scary, dramatic
Virgin Suicides (Depression)Sad, funny, dramatic.
Deer Hunter (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).I haven’t seen this but I think scary, dramatic
The Machinist (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)Haven’t seen this but I think scary, dramatic.
The Aviator (obsessive compulsive disorder)Dramatic
Benny and Joon (Schizophrenia)Funny, dramatic
The Soloist (Schizophrenia)Dramatic
Some more movies you can watch for your assignment
-American Psycho (Antisocial Personality Disorder)
-Punch Drunk Love (General Anxiety Disorder/Panic Disorder)
-Adaptation (Social Anxiety Disorder)
-The Good Son (Antisocial Personality Disorder)
-The Hours (Major Depressive Disorder)
-Donnie Darko (Schizophrenia)
-Shutter Island (Schiozphrenia)
-My son, my son, what have you done (Schizophrenia)
-Take Shelter (Schizophrenia)
-Taxi Driver (Schizophrenia)
-50 first dates (amnesia)
-The Imposter (this is a fascinating movie–the diagnosis isn’t clear, possible antisocial personality disorder)
-Last Days (Major Depressive Disorder)
***please choose a movie that is new to you!
Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday and doing lots of subtle psychological experiments on close friends and family:) I have added some movies to the movie project and will continue to do so so please continue checking this post for updates!
LOVE YOU ALL!
Notice the language at the beginning of this video as compared to the other video–stigmatization.
I like this documentary about Schizophrenia because it is not stigmatizing. It presents an optimistic and hopeful view of Schizophrenia–this is unusual. Many representations of Schizophrenia are very pessimistic and stigmatizing. It is a serious mental illness, but it is important to hear stories of people who are coping successfully.