Thursday, June 17, 2010

Nollywood Madness II

I never did write the second post on Mental illhealth a.k.a. Nollywood madness. Was just reminded of it by a brief viewing of another Nollywood drama featuring Patience Ozokwor et al wherein they committed this young lady to a mental institution in other to  rip her of her inheritance. The same bull I complained about. The young lady’s madness was undefined. All I noticed was that she kept screaming “noooo” Noooo”. Then miraculously she gets to meet Lancelot?? and she calms down and becomes okay. Yeah. Right.
So here’s my second post about the different types of mental illness, helpfully Illustrated by movies:
Anxiety disorders: This is chronic and exaggerated tension and worry about everyday life events when there is no obvious cause.Examples include Panic disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): As good as it gets, Matchstick Men, The Aviator.
Panic disorder and specific phobias like Arachnophobia [fear of spiders], Agoraphobia(anxiety about being in places orsia situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing): Nim’s Island, White Oleander.
Mood disorders: These involve persistent feelings of sadness or periods of feeling overly happy, or fluctuations from extreme happiness to extreme sadness. The most common mood disorders are depression, mania, and bipolar disorder: Horse Whisperer, Michael Clayton, Pollock, Sylvia
Psychotic disorders: Psychotic disorders involve distorted awareness and thinking. Two of the most common symptoms of psychotic disorders are hallucinations -- the experience of images or sounds that are not real, such as hearing voices -- and delusions -- false beliefs that the ill person accepts as true, despite evidence to the contrary. Schizophrenia is an example of a psychotic disorder. The Fisher King, Donnie Darko, A Beautiful Mind, Mr. Brooks, The Soloist, Shutter island
Eating disorders: Eating disorders involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors involving weight and food. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are the most common eating disorders. (Celebrities like Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan, Victoria Beckham, Kate Beckinsale, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Kate Winslet have suffered it).

Impulse control and addiction disorders: People with impulse control disorders are unable to resist urges, or impulses, to perform acts that could be harmful to themselves or others. Pyromania (starting fires), kleptomania (stealing), and compulsive gambling are examples of impulse control disorders. Alcohol and drugs are common objects of addictions and the latest cop out: Sex. Just ask Eric Benet, Tiger Woods, David Duchovny and Jesse James.
Amnesia a condition in which memory is disturbed or lost maybe caused by traumatic events like head injuries, psychological disorders, drug induced, electroconvulsive therapy. A popular type of Amnesia Anterograde amnesia in which the ability to create new memories after an event is lost has been explored in movies like: 50 first dates, Memento, Finding Nemo
Personality disorders: People with personality disorders have extreme and inflexible personality traits that are distressing to the person’s social relationships. The person's patterns of thinking and behavior significantly differ from the expectations of society and are so rigid that they interfere with the person's normal functioning. Examples include
Antisocial personality disorder: American Psycho,
Borderline personality disorder: Girl Interrupted, Play Misty for me .
Adjustment disorder: Adjustment disorder occurs when a person develops emotional or behavioral symptoms in response to a stressful event or situation. Eg. an earthquake or tornado; events or crises, such as a car accident or the diagnosis of a major illness; or interpersonal problems, such as a divorce, getting dumped on the altar, death of a loved one, loss of a job. Adjustment disorder usually begins within three months of the event or situation and ends within six months after the stressor stops or is eliminated. (yep, Me, after I was dumped!).
 Dissociative disorders: Dissociative identity disorder, formerly called multiple personality disorder, or "split personality" are examples of dissociative disorders: Fight Club, The 3 faces of Eve, Sybil, Me Myself and Irene, The Hurricane, Sybil, Psycho, The Machinist, Karthik calling Karthik

Other interesting information:
Dr E. Fuller Torrey, a research psychiatrist estimates that four million Americans with the most severe mental illnesses—schizophrenia, bipolar disorder with psychosis, and depression with psychosis—is not an exaggerated figure; the National Institute of Mental Health tots up 8.8 million with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Of Torrey’s four million, some 400,000 are homeless or imprisoned; most of them are unaware they are sick and consequently do not take medication. And then there are those mentally ill with a history of violence—some 40,000. Torrey believes that with medication most of them can live peaceably on the outside.

Errrr, who still wants that American Visa?

This site is a treasure chest of information about mental ill health.
List of films featuring mental illness

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