Relection on Movie "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" Essay

1218 Words Oct 31st, 2008 5 Pages
In the movie, What’s eating Gilbert Grape, Arnie is a seventeen-year-old Caucasian male who appears to be suffering from brain damage. Although, no specific information was given about Arnie’s condition, it should be noted that the doctors did not expect him to live beyond the age of twelve. Based on observations of Arnie’s behaviors, he appears to have a language deficiency, poor social skills, disruptive behaviors, and impairment in his cognitive and intellectual functioning. According to the DSM-IV-TR, Arnie meets the criteria for an Axis II diagnosis of mental retardation.
Included in the DSM-IV-TR Axis II categories are personality disorders and mental retardation. Mental retardation is not considered a cognitive disorder or a
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The Grape’s family functioning has been quite dysfunctional for many years since the death of their father. Mr. Grape committed suicide more than ten years ago in the basement of the families’ home. Since the suicide, Mrs. Grape has not left the home. She appears to be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due the lost of her husband. PTSD is a response to a specific stressor that lasts longer than thirty days and is characterized by intrusive memories of the traumatic event and emotional withdrawal. People suffering from PTSD try to avoid anything that may remind them of the event, therefore they may withdraw physically and emotionally. Mrs. Grape’s daily activity consists of sitting on the sofa eating and watching television. Mrs. Grape has gained a significant amount of weight, which has resulted in her being severely obese due to poor nutrition and lack of activity. Mrs. Grape appears to have low self-esteem due to her weight issue and feels as though she is a burden to her children.
The family is supported by Gilbert, and his two sisters, Ellen and Annie. The grapes had a total of five children, however Larry, the oldest of the children, no longer visits the family. The family has become quite dependent on Gilbert, especially financially, since the death of their father. Gilbert believes that it is his responsibility to take care of the family now

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