Film portrayals of the mental ill, starting with Psycho, have contributed to stigmatizing people living with these conditions. Films known to reinforce stereotypical images of the mentally ill, such as those who are homicidal maniacs or narcissistic parasites. Silver Linings Playbook breaks this mold and is a refreshing break.
Bipolar disorder is often exaggerate in cinematic representations of mental illness. There are periods of depression and episodes of milder hypomania, as well as periods of depression. Bipolar disorder sufferers may think they have superpowers. They might be irritable, talk incessantly, act recklessly, and go without sleep.
Silver Linings Playbook’s main character, Pat, suffers from bipolar disorder and shown with uncommon honesty. Bradley Cooper plays Pat. He has just been release after he violently attack the man having an affair the movie’s shower scene, shown in flashback.
After losing his wife, his home, and his teaching job, he moves in to live with his parents. Tiffany, a grieving widow, plays him. Jennifer Lawrence plays Tiffany. While Pat attempts to reconnect with his family and friends, an unlikely romance blossoms.
Portrays Bipolar Disorder Mental
The film portrays bipolar disorder with skill and accuracy. Pat experiences periods of paranoia and sleeplessness, and he makes wild plans to win his wife back despite her restraining orders. He also resists medication. He screams, has hair-triggered rages, and can have hallucinations when stressed. Any insight into the effects he has on others, and he uses glib therapy-speak with them.
He seems to be desperate for silver linings in his life, driven by the need to avoid and deny the existence of negativity wherever it is present. A novel by Hemingway, who may have been bipolar, is angrily shove through a window because it lacks a happy ending. Pat’s fear and confusion is palpable as he white-knuckles it through his turmoil. He’s not a psychiatric patient, but a fully realized, well-rounded, and sympathetic character.
Pat is also captured with warmth, acuity, and the lives of his family. His best friend and brother act awkwardly around Pat, apologizing cravenly for not visiting him in hospital. Pat Senior, his father, shares his history with violent behavior, has a variety of minor compulsions, superstitions, and is responsible for Pat’s current predicament.
His mother is anxious but does her best to help him find his budding love. Tiffany pulls him in, pushing him away. His therapist is practical and down-to-earth. He can put face-paint on the football, not as an all-knowing oracle.
Silver Linings Playbook
Perhaps the most telling aspect of Silver Linings Playbook mental, however, is its ability to show Pat as a man who isn’t a single sufferer but is a part of a network of relationships (romantic or familial) that offers the possibility for growth and recovery.
Bipolar disorder is often viewed as a brain disease, and medication as the only treatment. However, the condition is closely linked to the person’s social life. Some relationships can help with recovery, while others can make it worse.
It is well-known that relationships are crucial for recovery. Social support is the ability to have a social network that can offer practical advice, help and emotional connection. It improves clinical outcomes for conditions such as schizophrenia and cancer. A sense of belonging to social networks also promotes the health of both school students and those with dementia.
However, relationships can be very destructive. Research on expressed emotion, which measures how people feel, suggests that those with bipolar disorder, such as, are more likely than others to relapse. This is because their family members are more likely be critical of them or to become emotionally attached to them. It is possible to make or break social connections.
Pat feels at home in his new family and finds his love. Others find it necessary to leave the comforts of family and home to embark on a journey for self-discovery.