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Mental Illnesses Portrayed In A Beautiful Mind And Girl Interrupted.

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Mental Illnesses Portrayed in A Beautiful Mind and Girl InterruptedThis paper will identify two different mental illnesses and how each separate one is presented in a movie. Borderline personality disorder will be discussed in relation to Girl Interrupted and schizophrenia will be discussed in relation to A Beautiful Mind.Borderline personality disorder, which effects only about 2% of the United States population, seems to be one of the most "controversial" mental illnesses today because it is hard to diagnose and know one really knows if it actually exists. The causes of the disorder, by some, is believed to be that people with the disorder are born with an innate biological tendency to react more intensely to lower levels of stress than others and take longer to recover from it, however many borderlines have a history of some kind of abuse or neglect. In other words, their emotional level peaks on less important things and take longer calming down from them. Another cause could be that they grew up in an environment in which their beliefs and image were constantly invalidated and this made them vulnerable. Borderline personality sufferers tend to be passive when inside they are falling apart.Some other characteristics of borderline sufferers are their lack of their ability to perceive reality accurately and they see themselves contradictory to who they really are. They don't have a sense of continuity and consistency about people and things in their lives. They have a hard time experiencing an absent loved one as missing their presence in their minds. They also have difficulty seeing all of the actions taken by a person over a period of time as part of an integrated whole, and tend instead to analyze individual actions in an attempt to divine their individual meanings. They also have a low anxiety tolerance, poor impulse control, and are not able to enjoy meaningful things or events.In some cases a person diagnosed with borderline personality disorder may have a series of psychotic episodes. They also may engage in harming themselves just to be "rescued". Sometimes they may even "attempt" suicide. Many other characteristics include, fear of abandonment, hypersensitive, distorted thoughts, impulsive behaviors, poor social skills, and the tendency to put self in bad relationship. A very common trait in this illness is sexual promiscuity (http://www.palace.net/~llama/psych/bpd.html).The treatment for borderline personality disorder usually can be made up of medication and therapy. Antidepressants usually helps with depression while specific medicines like Prozac and Zoloft should help with impulse control. Mood stabilizers such as tegretol and depakote can help with mood swings and irritability. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the related Dialectical Behavior Therapy are the two most common therapies used in the treatment of the illness (http://www.mental-health-matters.com/articles/dw001.php?artID=54).Girl Interrupted is a story set in the 1960s...

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