Movie Review: Out of Darkness Essays

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Movie Review: Out of Darkness
Letitia Y. Wright
CO 810 – Abnormal Psychology
Katherine James, PhD, LPC, NCC
Ashland Theological Seminary
February 10, 2014

The purpose of this paper is to review the depiction of a person suffering with and living with the mental condition of Schizophrenia in the movie, Out of Darkness. The film has a dynamic cast including: Diana Ross as Paulie Cooper (the individual suffering with schizophrenia), Rhonda Stubbins-White as Zoe Price (Paulie’s sister), and Beach Richards as Ms. Cooper (Paulie’s mother). There are a number of other characters portrayed in the film; however for the purpose of this paper, the focus is on these three. The first portion of the paper gives a brief description of
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Criterion Schizophrenia is a non-discriminatory mental illness that affects every culture, class, race, color and religion and has been ranked amongst the top 10 mental illnesses or causes for disability in the United States and other developed countries. While the diagnosis is important, this mental illness can be elusive and misdiagnosed if a battery of test are not first completed. It should be noted that Schizophrenia has been confused with or misdiagnosed with multiple personality disorder; however, these disorders are not the same. The Criterion for being diagnosed with this condition are as follows: A. Two (or more of the following, each present for a significant proportion of time during a 1-month period (or less if successfully treated). At least one of these must be (1), (2), or (3). 1. Delusions, 2. hallucinations, 3. Disorganized speech (e.g. diminished derailment or in coherence) 4. Grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior 5. Negative symptoms (i.e. diminished emotional expression or avolition) (Lyons, Martin, 2014) These symptoms have to have been present for at least six months and while most common amongst males the condition will manifest amongst females. In the film, we see Pauline dealing with the effects of this disorder. She is delusional seeing changing shapes on the ceiling, hearing voices to which she replies, “don’t mess with me”

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