Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

Schizophrenia in Entertainment - Film, TV, Novels: Accurate or Insulting?

July 07, 2021 Randye Kaye Season 1 Episode 20
Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches
Schizophrenia in Entertainment - Film, TV, Novels: Accurate or Insulting?
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Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches
Schizophrenia in Entertainment - Film, TV, Novels: Accurate or Insulting?
Jul 07, 2021 Season 1 Episode 20
Randye Kaye

Catch-up chat: re future episodes; people who call us “overbearing moms” and blame the family; patients’ “rights” vs. family caring;   

Themes: What does entertainment media get wrong?

  • Lack of named diagnosis - UnReal, Girl Interrupted
  • Inaccurate/unresearched portrayal of SZ - Words on Bathroom Walls
  • Madness Always Linked to Genius - The Soloist, Beautiful Mind, Shine, Proof
  • Mistrusting Medication and Treatment - Beautiful Mind
  • Lack of Diversity - often male/white - no cultural differences in attitudes/traditions represented
  • Tendency Toward Violence - even serial killers - The Fisher King, Donnie Darko, The Joker
  • Hallucinations as mainly visual/romanticized - Beautiful Mind, Words on Bathroom Walls
  • Long/Lifetime Hospital stays - Love Actually
  • Blaming Family Dynamics/ Bad childhood as only “cause”
  • Treatable with Therapy alone - meds are bad - One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Romantic Love/ A Good Job can “cure” you - Words on Bathroom Walls 
  • SZ    Films “based on a true story” whitewashed for entertainment value - 
  • Those with SZ are “possessed” by supernatural
  • Too Much Hope? Recovery? - Benny & Joon


Some things they get right:

  • Employment can be an important element of recovery - The Joker
  • Medication as often vital part of Treatment  - The Joker, Silver Linings Playbook
  • The mental health system needs so much work - I Know This Much is True, The Joker
  • Family Emotional Reactions/Burdens - Silver Lining Playbook, I Know This Much Is True,



  • Other movies mentioned: The Snake Pit 

Links:

 

 

https://thecinemaholic.com/schizophrenia-movies/

 

Next week’s guest:

Michael Mackniak, JD  , Guardian Ad-Litem Services, Melissa’s Project

Helping Families Control the Chaos of Mental Illness at Home and at Work.



Show Notes

Catch-up chat: re future episodes; people who call us “overbearing moms” and blame the family; patients’ “rights” vs. family caring;   

Themes: What does entertainment media get wrong?

  • Lack of named diagnosis - UnReal, Girl Interrupted
  • Inaccurate/unresearched portrayal of SZ - Words on Bathroom Walls
  • Madness Always Linked to Genius - The Soloist, Beautiful Mind, Shine, Proof
  • Mistrusting Medication and Treatment - Beautiful Mind
  • Lack of Diversity - often male/white - no cultural differences in attitudes/traditions represented
  • Tendency Toward Violence - even serial killers - The Fisher King, Donnie Darko, The Joker
  • Hallucinations as mainly visual/romanticized - Beautiful Mind, Words on Bathroom Walls
  • Long/Lifetime Hospital stays - Love Actually
  • Blaming Family Dynamics/ Bad childhood as only “cause”
  • Treatable with Therapy alone - meds are bad - One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Romantic Love/ A Good Job can “cure” you - Words on Bathroom Walls 
  • SZ    Films “based on a true story” whitewashed for entertainment value - 
  • Those with SZ are “possessed” by supernatural
  • Too Much Hope? Recovery? - Benny & Joon


Some things they get right:

  • Employment can be an important element of recovery - The Joker
  • Medication as often vital part of Treatment  - The Joker, Silver Linings Playbook
  • The mental health system needs so much work - I Know This Much is True, The Joker
  • Family Emotional Reactions/Burdens - Silver Lining Playbook, I Know This Much Is True,



  • Other movies mentioned: The Snake Pit 

Links:

 

 

https://thecinemaholic.com/schizophrenia-movies/

 

Next week’s guest:

Michael Mackniak, JD  , Guardian Ad-Litem Services, Melissa’s Project

Helping Families Control the Chaos of Mental Illness at Home and at Work.