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FORREST GUMP

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Transcript of FORREST GUMP

DSM axes
Axis I - N/A
Axis II - Intellectual Disability
Axis III - Forrest had difficulty moving his leg when he was young so he had to walk around with a cast.
Axis IV - Forrest didn't grow up with his dad, so he didn't receive the fatherly love a child needs. He also faced bullying and exclusion at school. Kids throwing rocks at him and not wanting to sit beside him in the school bus. These factors could of impacted his confidence and socializing skills with others.
Axis V - 90/100 : He was genuinely a happy man. He didn't show any signs of sadness or distress because of his disorder. He really got to live his life to the fullest, doing only what he likes. However, Forrest misses 10 points because of his experience with Jenny always seeming to leave him and his mothers death and also Bubba.
FORREST GUMP
CLIPS
Intellectual Disability
CAUSES
- Genetic conditions. These include things like Down syndrome and fragile X syndrome
- Problems during pregnancy. Things that can interfere with fetal brain development include alcohol or drug use, malnutrition, certain infections, or preeclampsia.
- Problems during childbirth. Intellectual disability may result if a baby is deprived of oxygen during childbirth or born extremely premature.
= Illness or injury. Infections like meningitis, whooping cough, or the measles can lead to intellectual disability. Severe head injury, near-drowning, extreme malnutrition, exposure to toxic substances such as lead, and severe neglect or abuse can also cause it.
Symptoms
CONNECTION
In the movie, Gump does portray his disability accurately for the most part according to the description of the disability. Even without knowing before that the movie is about a man with intellectual disability, when you see Gump, you can tell that something is off and he is a little different. The symptoms listed do match with how Gump acts in the movie, such as difficulty with understanding the consequences of his actions and awkward social interactions with others. However, some characteristics portrayed by the movie does not match the description. Usually, people diagnosed with intellectual disability have troubles with adapting to new environments and learning new skills, but one of Gump's skill seemed to be learning really fast and fitting in with new surroundings.
MOVIE SUMMARY

Forrest Gump is a movie about a man named Forrest Gump that has a mental disorder known as intellectual disability. The movie is introduced with Gump waiting for his bus and sharing his past with complete strangers. Gump was born and raised by a single mother who always reminded Gump that he was no different from the rest. With an IQ of 75, Forrest Gump was enrolled into a public school where he met a girl named Jenny. According to Gump, Jenny never wanted to go home and he wondered why because Jenny had a very caring father who always seemed to kiss and touch her (abuse). The two immediately become best friends and spent most of their time together until college where they were separated due to different buildings. Gump spent his college days as a football star, noticed for his speed, which led him to joining the all-star American team and meeting the president in the White House. After graduation, Gump was sent to the military to serve his duty where he met Bubba, his new best friend. The two got sent to Vietnam to fight for the war and were put under the control of Lieutenant Dane. During an attack by the Vietnamese, Bubba died in battle and Dane lost both his legs. Gump then learned to play ping pong and became an absolute genius at the sport. He becomes a star once again during his service and even got offered $25,000 to endorse a product. After his service, Gump is awarded with a medal of honor which he hands down to Jenny, after their encounter at the Washington Monument. Gump then returned to his home in Alabama where he purchased a fishing boat to become a shrimp boat captain in order to keep the promise he made with Bubba. Along with Lt. Dane, the two become very successful in the shrimp fishing industry and become the owners of Bubba Gump Shrimp Corporation and became millionaires. Gump is then reunited with Jenny but separated again because of the serious problems Jenny had with her past and drug use. Gump then starts his journey for 3 years where he continued to run across the country with absolutely no reason, gaining followers and stardom once again. After he realizes he wants to go back home, he goes to meet Jenny again when he finds out that he had a son which Jenny was taking care of. The two get married but Jenny dies of a disease and Gump is left to live with his son alone, just like his mother.
Intellectual disability – Previously referred to as Mental Retardation, is applied when an individual has an IQ significantly below than the general population’s average (less than 70). It is diagnosed before the age of 18. This disability deters a person’s adaptive functioning such as social interactions, maintaining safety and health and living independently.
In the movie, this disorder is portrayed in many ways. From the way Forrest talks (awkward with low level vocabulary) and how he acts. (Does not act like an average adult male. His actions and intent is very innocent and clueless like a child)
SYMPTOMS
- Failure to grow intellectually or continued infant-like berhavior
- Lack of curiosity
- Problems keeping up in school
- Failure to adapt (adjust to new situations)
- Difficulty understanding and following social rules
- Rolling over, sitting up, crawling, or walking late
- Talking late or having trouble with talking
- Slow to master things like potty training, dressing, and feeding himself or herself
- Difficulty remembering things
- Inability to connect actions with consequences
- Behavior problems such as explosive tantrums
- Difficulty with problem-solving or logical thinking
In clip 1, when the principle tells Gump that he doesn’t talk very much, Gump imitates the noises his principles made during intercourse. This shows that Gump lacked the skills to successfully communicate with others and he chose to make out what he heard because he didn’t know how else to respond. This clip also demonstrates that Gump fails to notice the consequences of his action, which was when he imitated the sounds, he embarrassed his principle.
In clip 2, Gump is being awarded with a medal of honor for his actions during the Vietnam War. When the president asks him if he can take a look at wound on his buttocks, Gump does not refuse and pulls down his pants. This shows that Gump does know how to tell between what is a joke and what is serious. This clip also shows that Gump is not smart enough to realize that he is with the president of the United States and that he may be acting in an inappropriate manner by showing his butt with the entire country watching him through television.
In clip 3, reporters are trying to figure out why Gump is running. The reporter name possible reasons such as world peace and fund raises but Gump replies with “I just felt like running” and narrates that he doesn’t get why people don’t believe he is running for no reason. Obviously, no normal people decide to go for a run for 3 years, especially with no motive. This shows that Gump obviously does not think like an average person and he has a unique way of dealing with things. He does not completely understand that society will think it’s weird for a person to run for 3 years with no reason.
In clip 4, Jenny introduces Gump to his son Forrest. In the dialogue, Jenny says that she named him after his father Forrest, and Gump fails to realize that she is talking about him. When he does realize, he asks if his son has a disability like him. This clip shows that he has troubles with communicating and that he has a hard time picking up hidden messages/hints in simple conversation, which a normal person would of known right away.
Summary
In the movie Forrest Gump, intellectual disorder doesn't seem too have too much of a negative stigma. Other than the school bullies, no one really posed a serious hate towards Gump. However, the movie portrayed this disorder in a very positive light, which may not be true in reality. Gump is showed to be the opposite of the symptoms of intellectual disorder. For example, Gump enjoyed to learn and he was a quick learner (mastered ping pong). He was very social and got along with others (college, army). It is important to know that this movie portrayed this disorder in a very unrealistic way, because in reality,individuals with this disorder may suffer from distress from obstacles like anti social behaviors and difficulty with learning. Rather than trying to focus on the disorder and it's negative stigmas, 's message to the audience was the even though a person may suffer from a disorder, it's still possible for them to live their life to the fullest by doing what they love and even fulfilling their love.
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