Shiutter Island Essay

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Edward (Teddy) Daniels also known as Andrew Laeddis, the main character in the psychological thriller, Shutter Island, suffers from an extreme form of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Andrew Laeddis was in War World II and developed PTSD soon after he got home. Andrew is both an alcoholic and a workaholic, this is shown in the movie when he comes home late in the day and as soon as he comes home he opens a cupboard and there are bottles of wine and he takes one out and downs a glass of it in a second. Andrew is a US Marshall, same as his alter ego Teddy. When Andrew is being Andrew, he feels culpability, remorse, and miserable. As Teddy, he feels like he has responsibilities to fulfill and will do anything to do them. His relationships include his wife, Doctor Sheehan/Chuck his partner, and Doctor Cawley. The relationship between him and his wife is difficult to describe since we only see her in his nightmares. But in his nightmares he misses her and always sees her soaking wet and asks “Baby why are all wet?” He wants to be near her and wants her back in his life but that cannot happen. His relationship with Chuck/Sheehan is complicated since we only see them interact as Chuck and Teddy. But Teddy has respect for Chuck even though he is a younger Marshall and is new to this type of investigation. They act like they have been known each other for o long time and get along well professional. His relationship with Dr. Cawley is strained. In one scene Teddy wants to interview the nurses and some of the patients and the Doctor says that he will try his best to get them but can’t promise anything and Teddy gets angry at him and starts yelling. Most of his relationships are normal, he gets mad when it’s appropriate and talks normally.
Teddy interacts with everyone just as any “normal” person would. He asks them questions about the “missing patient” and tries to find out what is really going on in the island, just as any US Marshall should. Teddy’ unusual personality characteristics include him believing that people are out to get him and trying to hinder the truth from him no matter the means. Typical behavior is getting aggravated easily when he does not get his way with the investigation. He gets upset with Dr. Cawley when he doesn’t tell him the whole truth about what is going on. He also continues to call the patients prisoners, maybe because that is how he feels he is as Andrew Laeddis in the mental hospital.
Teddy Daniels/ Andrew Laeddis should be diagnosed with an extreme form of Posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD. The DSM-IV-TR criteria to be diagnosed with PTSD has different criteria sections, the main and first criteria you need is to be exposed to a traumatic event and then meet special criteria described below.
“Criterion A: Stressor
The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following have been present:
1. The person has experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with an event or events that...

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