Throughout the semester, you have been learning how psychopathology is portrayed in our society and how this affects the lives of those with mental illnesses. Because most people don’t have expertise in abnormal psychology, public perceptions about psychopathology are strongly influenced by the media, including popular movies. Information presented in the media can be sympathetic and enlightening, or can perpetuate the stigma often associated with mental illness. This stigma limits opportunities for individuals with mental illnesses and often prevents them from seeking appropriate help. For this assignment, you will critically evaluate the accuracy of information recently presented in the movies on some form of psychopathology, and discuss how this presentation might influence public opinion.
“Abnormal Psychology in the Movies”
One of the most visible places to find examples of abnormal psychology is in movies. This assignment will involve watching a popular film that depicts some form of psychopathology. In your paper, you will provide a comprehensive diagnosis of the character with the disorder, and discuss his/her symptoms, treatment, and as the mental health profession in general. Finally, you will be asked to discuss the film’s characterization in light of the current understanding of this disorder.
A Beautiful Mind
is about Schizophrenia & Therapy
1.Introduce the movie and character you will be presenting-1/2 point
2.Identify the primary diagnosis -1/2 point
3.Brief description of movie and character -1point
4.Use Axis System for Diagnosis:-each Diagnosis according to Axis- 1 point including those that do not apply. All Axis should be included. For example, the character may have an Axis I disorder but not Axis 2, and a medical condition or not. There should be an indication of whether or not the character falls on each Axis. . .
Axis 1 – psychological disorders (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia)
Axis 2 – Personality Disorders and Mental Retardation ( Borderline Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder)
Axis 3 – any medical condition (i.e. diabetes)
Axis 4 – Psychosocial and Environmental Problems (i.e. problems with marriage, financial problems, employment problems)
Axis 5 – overall functioning (very poor, poor, average, good, very good)
5.List symptoms for primary diagnosis (Axis 1 or Axis 2) and explain what character did (i.e. behavior) to qualify to have those symptoms. Were there symptoms or behaviors associated with the disorder that were incorrect according to our text and the DSMIV? -4 points
6.Discuss the portrayal of the disorder in the movie. Was it realistic or not? . Did the person receive therapy? What kind? What was your opinion of the therapist? Was it the right treatment. Was the treatment effective? Did the treatment fit a perspective we studied (psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, behavioral, psychoanalytic? Please describe -4 points
7.If you were a person who was first introduced to the psychological disorder presented in the movie what would be your impression? Was the person suffering from the disorder presented in an sympathetic manner? Was the therapist presented as one who is helpful and professional? Was it a positive or negative portrayal of mental illness?. Did it perpetuate the stigma associated with mental illness? Please describe.-5 points
Please be tense consistant And answer all questions. Dont use words that are to high in professionalism more normal words.
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