Essay on Analysis Of The Movie ' Ordinary People '

1581 Words Nov 17th, 2015 7 Pages
In the movie Ordinary People, the main character, Conrad Jarrett, suffers from what appears to be either Major Depression or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The diagnostic criteria for Major Depression in the DSM-5 is: depressed mood most of the day, diminished interest or pleasure in most activities, significant weight loss when not dieting, insomnia, psychomotor retardation, fatigue or loss of energy, feeling of worthlessness, diminished ability to concentrate, and recurrent thoughts of death (Oltmanns & Emery, 2015) . Conrad displays many of these criteria. He experiences diminished interest or pleasure in most activities that he once enjoyed. This can be seen when Conrad quits the swim team because he no longer enjoys swimming, something that he enjoyed before his brother died and before his suicide attempt. Conrad also exhibits insomnia, one of the first scenes of the movie that shows Conrad he is suffering from a nightmare and once he awakens from the nightmare, he is unable to fall back asleep. Conrad also exhibits feeling worthless, he feels that he is not good enough in comparison to his brother Buck who died tragically in a boating accident, part of the reason that Conrad quits the swim team is that he feels that he is not good enough. He is not as good as his brother Buck was and he will just spend all season on the bench, so why bother trying. Lack of energy is also apparent in Conrad, he mentions this to Dr. Burger, his therapist in a session that he lacks…

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