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Psychology Project: Silver Linings Playbook

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Clare Low

on 28 May 2015

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Transcript of Psychology Project: Silver Linings Playbook

About the Movie
Abnormal Psychology
Treatment methods are discussed through out the movie:
Abnormal psychology is defined as "the branch of psychology that studies unusual patterns of behavior, emotion and thought, which may or may not be understood as precipitating a mental disorder."
Abnormal psychology can be evaluated using Seligman and Rosenhan's "Seven Criteria of Abnormality":

Silver Linings Playbook is about a man with bipolar disorder who moves in with his parents after being released from a psychiatric hospital.
Psychology Project: Silver Linings Playbook
By Clare Low
Bipolar disorder: Early in the film, we find out that Pat (the main character) was diagnosed with bipolar, a disorder that results in episodes of mania and depression.

Depression: Pat's path crosses with that of Tiffany, a widow. Tiffany says in the movie "I was very depressed after Tommy [her husband] died..." As a result of her depression, she engaged in promiscuous activities. Like Pat, Tiffany has difficulty identifying with mainstream society, allowing them to develop a support system.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): In the movie, Pat's father shows clear signs of OCD like intense superstition. He has many rituals that he believes will cause the Eagles, his favorite team to win; this includes positioning the television remote a certain way and holding a handkerchief when watching the game
Psychological disorders in the movie
Pat says: "I used to be on Lithium and Seroquel and Abilify, but I don't take them anymore, no. They make me foggy and they also make me bloated."

Psychology Project: Clare Low
Group Treatment
While at the psychiatric hospital, Pat had a support group which included other patients like his friend Danny.
McDermut et al (2001) Meta-analysis on effectiveness of group therapy for depression:
This study was based on 48 studies published between 1970 and 1998.
Results showed that 45 of the 48 studies reported that group psychology was effective for reducing depression.
Whether or not medication is effective, is widely debated because it only provides temporary treatment.
Neale et al (2011): The study found that patients who do not take anti-depressants have a 25% risk of relapse, compared to 42% for those who have been on medication and then stopped it. According to researchers, anti-depressants may interfere with the brain's natural self-regulation.
Individual Treatment
The film also includes Pat working one-on-one with Dr. Patel.
Other Treatments:
Other treatments include:
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