Fisher King

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Mr. Withrow
Psychology 281
9 May 2011
The Fisher King
The Fisher King is a great movie and it is full of psychological disorders. Jeff Bridges plays the role of Jack Lucas and Robin Williams plays the role of Perry. Jack Lucas is a radio talk host who is self-centered and cocky. While he was working and on-air he ended up talking to a man who called which had later on committed several murders. A few years later, Jack had been drinking a great deal and was very much depressed, so he attempts to go through with suicide. Jack’s attempt was not successful. A bunch of local people that lived nearby thought Jack was a homeless man and they decided to beat him. Then along come Perry. Perry is a homeless man who is has many psychological disorders. During the whole movie Perry was on a task trying to find the “Holy Grail.” After Perry saves Jack, he entices Jack to come along and help him on his search for the Holy Grail. Jack leaves from Perry and goes his own way. But then later he tries to help Perry out and give him money because he felt bad for him after his wife died. Later Jack feels responsible for Perry when he finds out Perry saw his wife die and her death happened and also because he found out that the man that killed Perry’s wife was the same person who called him on his radio show who later killed several people. Jack takes Perry in and gave him money and helps set him up with a girl named Lydia that he had fallen in love with. Perry and Jack become really good friends and they both learned a lot from each other. There are hundreds of different types of psychological disorders that people have been diagnosed with and there are still several disorders out there that have yet to be discovered. Each of the psychological disorders comes from different parts of the brain. The brain is made of three main parts: the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain. The forebrain consists of the cerebrum, thalamus, and hypothalamus (part of the limbic system). The midbrain consists of the tectum and tegmentum. The hindbrain is made of the cerebellum, pons and medulla. Often the midbrain, pons, and medulla are referred to together as the brainstem.

Jack was suicidal in this movie. He felt sorry for himself and he thought that he was being punished for his actions and what he had said. Jack started talking to the little Italian doll and stated, “Do you ever get the feeling you’re getting punished for your sins?” Jack was soon about to jump off of a bridge but got stopped or attacked by a few local guys that thought he was a homeless man. There are a several DSMs for being suicidal. One example of a DSM is fatigue or loss of energy almost every day, feeling of self worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day. Another example is diminished ability to think or concentrate. And finally, the last example, recurrent thoughts of death, reoccurring suicidal ideation without a specific plan or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide. Suicide comes from a few different parts of the brain. There are a couple of parts of the brain that suicide comes from which are the Frontal Lobe which is associated and connected with reasoning, planning, parts of speech, movement, emotions, and problem solving. The second part of the brain that suicide comes from is the Parietal Lobe. The Parietal Lobe is associated with movement, orientation, recognition, perception of stimuli.

Another disorder that Jack had was depression. It was evident in several places in the movie that showed that Jack was going through depression. The first one obviously comes from Jack thinking about suicide, that’s a huge sign of depression. Another sign of his depression was when he felt he was getting into arguments with his girlfriend. Depression has many parts to it and some are more complex than others. Depression is characterized in nine ways as follows: one, depressed mood most of the day such as feeling sad, empty, or from...
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