Lost Along The Way Essay

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Lost Along the Way
Hundreds upon hundreds of films release each year, but when there is a picture where the film itself is just as much a mystery as the characters involved, that is something that will get me hooked from beginning to end. The movie Shutter Island is one such film that is just that, and the characters in question are one Teddy Daniels, and the remote and ghost-like Andrew Laeddiss. They are two different characters, but one and the same mysterious person, struggling to find his way. Having gone through some traumatic events in his life, he ended up developing mental illnesses, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Delusional Disorder. Dealing with multiple ...view middle of the document...

In the film, you are most likely to not recognize that Teddy Daniels has any notion of any kind of Delusional Disorder, or that of any mental illness of any kind unless you have some sort of background with psychology. The reason for this is because during his role as Teddy Daniels, “He functions just as normal and efficient as any regular functioning U.S. Marshall would,” according to (Gabriella, 2012). This is evident as he conducts his search for the woman pretending to be the Rachel Solando. Additionally, all of his anger flare-ups are all short and isolated, according to (Gabriella, 2012). This is evident when he wakes up from an apparent dream violent and angry, when he begins to fight and harm the man whom he apparently believes is Andrew Laeddis, and also when a car belonging to Dr. Cawley was set on fire with the apparent help of a tie, which was given to Teddy by his wife Delores. The car being set on fire came as a result of a Dr. Naehring attempting to inject a fluid of some kind into his body, but Teddy countered him by taking the needle and then injected the Dr. with the unknown fluid intended for him. It is these instances that make them some of the traits that can acknowledge that a person has some type of Delusional Disorder.
According to (Gabriella, 2012), Teddy Daniels is actually suffering from what is known as a mixed type of Delusional Disorder. This mixed combination of Delusional Disorders is Grandiose Delusional Disorder and the Persecutory Delusional Disorder according to (Behavenet). The Grandiose type of Delusional Disorder is,” A delusion of inflated worth, power, knowledge, identity, or a special relationship to a deity or famous person.” according to (Behavenet). In the film, Teddy Daniels experiences this type of delusion when he is convinced...

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