– submitted by Ruth Levine, MD, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
This summary was derived from several of the articles listed in the resource list, from the suggestions of our ADMSEP colleagues, and from our own personal experience. We have not personally reviewed all of the movies on the list, and suggest you view any film before choosing it for teaching purposes.
Axis I Disorders
|Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders||Bipolar Disorder/Mania|
|Copycat (panic/agoraphobia)||Mr. Jones|
|As good as it gets (OCD)||Network|
|The touching tree (Childhood OCD)||Seven Percent Solution|
|Fourth of July (PTSD)||Captain Newman, MD|
|The Deer Hunter (PTSD)||Sophieís Choice|
|Ordinary People (PTSD)||Sheís So Lovely|
|Faithful||I Never Promised You a Rose Garden|
|The Seventh Veil||Clean Shaven|
|The Shrike||Through a Glass Darkly|
|Itís a Wonderful Life (Adjustment disorder)||An Angel at my Table|
|The Wrong Man (Adjustment disorder)||Personal|
|Dissociative Disorders||Man Facing Southwest|
|The Three Faces of Eve||Madness of King George (Psychosis due to Porphyria)|
|The Singing Detective|
|The Long Weekend (etoh)||The Days of Wine and Roses (etoh)|
|Barfly (etoh)||Basketball Diaries (opiates)|
|Kids (hallucinogens, rave scenes, etc.)||Loosing Isaiah (crack)|
|Reefer Madness||Under the Volcano|
|Long Day’s Journey into Night||Ironweed|
|The Man with the Golden Arm (heroin)||A Hatful of Rain (heroin)|
|Synanon (drug treatment)||The Boost (cocaine)|
|The 7 Percent Solution (cocaine induced mania)||Iím Dancing as Fast as I can (substance induced organic mental disorder)|
|The Best Little Girl in the World (made for TV)-Anorexia||Kateís Secret (made for TV)-Bulemia|
Axis II Disorders
|Cluster A||Cluster B|
|Remains of the Day- Schizoid PD||Borderline PD|
|Taxi Driver-Schizotypal PD||Fatal Attraction|
|The Caine Mutiny- Paranoid PD||Play Misty for Me|
|The Treasure of Sierra Madre -Paranoid PD||Frances|
|Cluster C||Looking for Mr. Goodbar|
|Sophieís Choice-Dependent PD||Histrionic PD|
|The Odd Couple-OCPD||Bullets over Broadway|
|Gone with the Wind|
|A Streetcare Named Desire|
|A Clockwork Orange|
|All that Jazz||Taxi Driver|
|Stardust Memories||Single White Female|
|Zelig||The King of Comedy|
|Jerry Maguire||Triumph of Will|
|Citizen Kane||Best Boy|
|Lawrence of Arabia||Bill|
|Patton||Bill, On His Own|
|Family||Early Adult Issues|
|The Field||The Graduate|
|Kramer vs Kramer||Spanking the Monkey|
|Diary of a Mad Housewife|
|Betrayal||Latency and Adolescent Issues|
|Whoís Afraid of Virginia Woolfe||Stand by Me|
|The Stone Boy||Smooth Talk|
|The Great Santini|
|Doctor/Patient Relationship||Boundary Violations|
|The Doctor||The Prince of Tides|
|Idealized “Dr. Marvelous” Psychotherapy|
|Spellbound||Suddenly Last Summer|
|The Snake Pit||Captain Newman, MD|
|The Three Faces of Eve||Ordinary People|
|Good Will Hunting|
University of Texas Medical Branch
summary was derived from several of the articles listed in the resource list, from the suggestions of our ADMSEP colleagues, and from our own personal experience. We have not personally reviewed all of the movies on the list, and suggest you view any
In early times, evil spirits were thought to possess people and make them act in strange and frightening ways. By the 1800′s, the study of this hysteria led some doctors to believe one person could have separately functioning personalities.
In this rare research film from the 1920′s, a woman has different personalities who believes they are separate people. One is a male that is not comfortable in women’s clothes. Another is a small child. The affliction has been known by different names, but recognized for centuries. Today it is called multiple personality disorder.
Why have they become tormented and broken into different personalities? What is the childhood pain that lies buried in the unknown depths of their mind? How can they search for the deadly memories that holds the secrets of their paths and the promise of their healing?
Watch the full documentary now
- multiple personalities (violetray1.wordpress.com)
- Living with Multiple Personality Disorder (damilolaniyi.wordpress.com)
- Childhood Trauma: Does ‘Multiple-Personality Disorder’ Exist? (childhoodtraumarecovery.com)
I want to dedicate this to my blogger-friend: brokenbutbeingrepaired, since she had a tough day. Just wanted you to know that I am thinking about you, and sending some extra strenght your way. When it`s dark, it feels hopeless, but remember that when it feels better, you have overcome another day and fight. It`s okay to feel down once in a while, but I promise, it won`t be like this forever.
Here is a reminder of some good things in life and some words I want to share with you:
Take care of yourself.
Patients with amnesia usually know who they are, but they have problems storing new memories. You wouldn’t realise this from the movies. Films like The Bourne Identity show us the opposite pattern — characters who have forgotten who they are, but who have no trouble with their everyday memory. This mismatch has led to criticism of Hollywood, most notably by Sallie Baxendale in her entertaining BMJ paper published in 2004. “Most amnesic conditions in films bear little relation to reality,” she wrote.
However, a psychologist and a neurologist in Switzerland have made the case in a new book chapter (from Literary Medicine: Brain Disease and Doctors in Novels, Theater, and Film) that while Hollywood and many novels certainly present a distorted view of a typical amnesiac, there are in fact many historical real-life cases of amnesia that are just as outlandish, or more so, as those found in fiction. Moreover, these authors — Sebastian Dieguez and Jean-Marie Annoni — argue that fictional portrayals of memory and amnesia are a useful scientific resource for understanding people’s conception of memory, and they point out that fictional portrayals can feedback and influence the manifestation of memory disorders in real life.
- Amnesia: cinema’s greatest device (telegraph.co.uk)
- Amnesia: The Dark Descent – Scariest so far! (inhandable.wordpress.com)
- Amnesia on Film: The Vow (2012) (drmetablog.com)
I have written some posts on dissociation, and even if people might feel this song has nothing to do with it, it still highlights one fact about dissociation: Dissociation means that we have different parts with their own unique abilities, weaknesses and strengths. Aguilera sings about the strong ones, and together they make an army. You have the wise, strong and the fighter. The point is also that when you are one of them, the others are in the background. A “fighter” would be in that mode, ready for attack with all that means in form of thoughts, feelings and actions. When you go from one mode to another, you “switch”. We all do it, so it`s not as otherworldly as the word dissociation suggests.
Enjoy the song, your time and yourself.
Lyrics to the song. Notice the “parts” she sings about in the chorus.
I’ve been standing where you left me
Praying that you’d come and get me
But now I’ve found my second wind
Now I found my second skin
Well I know what you were thinking
You thought you’d watch me fade away
When you broke me into pieces
But I gave each piece a name
One of me is wiser
One of me is stronger
One of me is a fighter
And there’s a thousand faces of me
And we’re gonna rise up
For every time you broke me
Well you’re gonna face an army
Army of me
Welcome to my revolution
All your walls are breaking down
It’s time you had a taste of losing
Time the table’s turned around
I see a glimpse of recognition
But it’s too late, yes it’s too late
And what you though was your best decision
Just became your worst mistake
So how does it feel
To know that I beat you?
That I can defeat you ?
Oh. how does it feel ?
It sure feels sweeter to me
Army of me
A therapist discussing dissociation and also gives encouragement for those affected with it now this eastern. Remember: you’re all butterflies just waiting to transform
It’s the Easter weekend — a complicated and conflictual weekend for most dissociative trauma survivors. So many layers of your inside levels will be awakened, aware, involved, wondering, waiting, going, sitting, thinking, watching, feeling, remembering, refusing, believing, fighting, crying, calling, hiding, etc. Its a time of being pulled in dozens of different directions all at once.
Lots of headaches, that’s what that means.
And lots of pain. Ouch, ouch, ouch.
So yes… I am thinking of you all, and wishing peace for you. I know it’s difficult. Really difficult.
The Easter season is typically overloaded with the triggers, external pulls, family complications, and spiritual battles. The inside battle within your system may be raging at full intensity.
As best you can, remember to sit with each other, and learn what you can about the others that you see nearby. What struggles are they having? What thoughts are in…
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I have started to write about one of the psychological terms I really love to work and help people with, dissociation. The following entry is from the blog Mad in Vermont and might clarify a bit what dissociation really is, because she has experienced it herself. I really recommend this for everyone who like to know more about the world and care about the people in it!
Have a wonderful Sunday!