Black Swan Schizophrenia

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  • Topic: Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Psychology
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Mental disorders are health conditions characterized by alterations in mood and affect, behaviour, thinking and cognition and are associated with various degrees of distress and impaired functioning (Austin & Boyd, 2010, p. 23). In the movie Black Swan (2010), Nina, the main character is depicted as an individual living with schizophrenia. This paper will focus on the impact schizophrenia has on individuals by defining schizophrenia, discussing the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia as displayed by Nina, discussing the key dimensions of the Tidal Model (TM), explaining how these three domains are illustrated in the movie, applying the domains to Nina, exploring how they would aid Nina in her recovery process and discussing how the TM commitments : value the voice, know that change is constant and reveal personal wisdom can be applied to Nina’s recovery process from schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is characterized by symptoms that disrupt the patient’s cognitive process and perception of the environment. Positive symptoms include delusions, hallucinations and disorganized speech or behaviour; and negative symptoms include the absence of normal mental behaviours. Although some patients are able to live independently and keep gainful employment, this is not the case for many due to the reoccurrence of symptoms. The patient’s altered reality can harm their well being, altering social interactions, diminish functional status, and decreasing economic capabilities (Lee & Schepp, 2009), making living with schizophrenia very challenging. In the movie Black Swan, Nina experiences delusions, hallucinations and disorganized behaviour, all signs and symptoms of schizophrenia. Nina shows signs of delusion, a firm fictitious belief. Delusions are categorized as paranoid, grandiose, religious, somatic or reference. In a paranoid delusion, the patient believes that someone is plotting against them (Hales, Yudofsky, & Gabbard, G.O.,2011, p. 114). Nina believes that Lily...
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