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Movies and Mental Illness: Using Films to Understand Psychopathology Paperback – December 14, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0889373716 ISBN-10: 088937371X Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hogrefe Publishing; 3 edition (December 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088937371X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889373716
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[T]his book provides plenty of thought-provoking material both for teachers and for students. It is highly recommended. ... [It is] interesting and extremely helpful in developing and delivering curricula using films to teach about specific psychiatric conditions [and] to teach psychopathology to medical students, psychiatry trainees and other mental health professionals. --Dinesh Bhugra, King's College London, UK, in International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Vol. 59, 2013

To the best of this reviewer s knowledge Movies and Mental Illness is the only book of its kind [...] learning psychopathologies through viewing their portrayal as a moving image [...] the full spectrum of psychopathology is covered via the citations of over 1000 films. [...] In short Movies and Mental Illness is definitely worth a place on the bookshelf of the clinician with any interest at all in this area which is probably most of us. --Lt Col NK Cooper, FRCSEd FFOM RAMC, Consultant Occupational Physician Bielefeld, ROHT, in the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Vol. 157, 2011

One of the most significant challenges to teaching [abnormal psychology] this subject matter is facilitating students' understanding of what the experience of mental illness is like. […] In the third edition of Movies and Mental Illness: Using Films to Understand Psychopathology, [the authors] use films as an instrument for increasing students' understanding of how individuals with diagnosable psychological disorders might experience their lives. […] One of the strengths of this book is that it is written such that nonstudents will find the information contained within easily comprehendible. […] Another notable strength of Movies and Mental Illness has to be its inclusion of sample client evaluations presented at the beginning of each chapter […] [which] offer the reader a glimpse into the psyche of the person of interest and provide a level of understanding of psychopathology that core texts of abnormal psychology do not always make available. […] Another strength of Movies and Mental Illness is the authors' willingness to address not only the disorders but also related issues (e.g., stigma). […] a significant contribution of Movies and Mental Illness is its inclusion of appendices that include (in addition to a sample syllabus) an extensive (over 1,000 entries) list of movies that […] illustrate the manifestation of a psychological disorder. --Chammie Austin in PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 55, 2010

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda W. Burr on July 2, 2010
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This book was exactly what it says it is. It gives you hundreds of movies and explains what mental illnesses are depicted or meant to be depicted. It does not go into great detail about each mental illness, its primary focus is on movies. It definitely wanted to make me watch several of the movies discussed or re-watch movies because of things I had missed. Good book overall.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Brandt-Williams on April 24, 2010
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Although I use this book to assign movies for my students in abnormal psychology, I was disappointed that it leaned a bit toward the Hollywood versions of disorders. Several of my students watched 'The Secret Window' and all were led to believe he had a multiple personality disorder, which was definitely not the case. When I looked for how this book labeled it - it just stated "Identity meets the Sixth Sense" - Not too accurate. SO if you will be using this to point out "realistic" representations of mental disorders be careful which movies you choose as plots can be extremely confusing to the general public who begin naming disorders in which they have no background.
Dr Ann
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rep on July 28, 2014
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A good resource for teaching psychopathology ın college. Not a must but useful in demonstrating some of the illnesses. A word of caution: Hollywood does not always depict pathology correctly. However, some movies really do justice to the symptoms listed in the DSM diagnostic manual.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jill on April 5, 2008
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I'm a writer, was looking at this book for research....found it a curious mix of fact, movie lore, and psychology/psychiatry. It's not an in depth analysis on any one kind of mental illnes, but think anyone interested in these topics would find the book readable, interesting, and thought provoking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ana Laura Vides on January 22, 2013
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its such an interesting book, it gives a good review of the relevance of mental illness and how this is taken to a movie
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