The DSM Goes to the Oscars: A Look at Psychiatric Diagnoses Featured in Today’s Films

OscarStatueI came across an interesting article ahead of the Oscar ceremony last night.  It takes a look at the psychological issues portrayed within each of the films that were nominated for best picture.  “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” won the coveted Oscar prize.  A dark comedy centers around a character who is dealing with depression and delusions.  Considering that it is a film about the movie industry, it probably has a little narcissistic personality disorder in there as well.

Click here to read about the other nominated films from a psychological perspective. 

During the broadcast of the Oscars last night, I was struck by two especially poignant moments that dealt with the issue of suicide.  The first was from a documentary filmmaker, Dana Perry of “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” who mentioned in her acceptance speech her son who died by suicide saying that we need to talk about it.  The other was from Graham Moore, screenwriter of “The Imitation Game,” when he took his Oscar win as an opportunity to share that, at the age of 16, he attempted suicide.  He urged kids who feel this way to “stay weird,” and have faith that there is a place for them in the world.  I appreciated Perry and Moore using their acceptance speeches as a vehicle to bring up the topic of suicide that continues to be surrounded by myth and stigma.

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