Silver Linings Playbook Essay

831 Words 4 Pages
Though a relationship between melancholy and mania can be traced back to as early as the first century AD, the classification of bipolar disorder was first seen in the 1952 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and was referred to as “manic depressive disorder.” It wasn’t until the third edition was published in 1980 that the manual approached mental illness with a biomedical etiology rather than a psychodynamic one, and that the name of the illness was changed to bipolar disorder (Healy, 2010). This mental illness has since been depicted in only a handful of films, contributing to the continued misunderstanding of the disorder by the general population. Silver Linings Playbook, directed in 2012 by David O. Russell, attempted to provide a more …show more content…
It is revealed early on that he has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, has prescriptions for numerous medications (which he often doesn’t take), and regularly attends therapy sessions with a psychiatrist. He moves in with his parents following his discharge, and has two apparent obsessions— jogging and winning his wife …show more content…
The Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition even goes as far as to purposefully situate the chapter on bipolar disorder between the sections on psychotic and depressive disorders in a “recognition of [its] place as a bridge between the two diagnostic classes in terms of symptomatology, family history, and genetics” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p. 123). Clearly the film focuses on only one of the major aspects of bipolar disorder, while completely ignoring the other, possible even more debilitating, element of the

Related Documents