Sybil: Movie Analysis [Multiple Personality Disorder]

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A. DSM IV CRITERIA
DSM-IV-TR Criteria for Dissociative Disorders:
Dissociative identity disorder. Presence of two or more identities or personalities that take control of the person’s behavior; loss of memory for important personal information. B. DESCRIPTION OF THE CHARACTER INFLICTED WITH THE PSYCHIATRIC DISORDER

Sybil Dorsett, the character in the movie inflicted with the psychiatric disorder Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), is a very simple woman who due to her love for painting teaches in an art school. Since she does not have any siblings, her father is the only relative she has since her mother died. She lives in a small New York apartment on her own wherein she would never have any visitors. She is kind of aloof with other people thus not having any close or intimate relationships. As she gets older, peculiar things happen to her like she would have what they call as “black-outs” or it seems that she lost track of time, or wake up somewhere or did something that she could not even remember. During this “black-outs”, other facets of herself would go out and take over her that is why she does not have any memory of what happened. Moreover, as I watched the movie, I have noticed that she could not concentrate and is irritable. She is someone who is not really fond of talking about her childhood and is very self-controlling and self-protective. C. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS AS DEPICTED IN THE MOVIE, INCLUSIVE OF THE SCENES 1. Changing levels of functioning.

It is depicted in these scenes that Sybil can no longer perform her responsibilities and job properly. Her mental illness is already intervening in her daily life, slowly taking away her normal life. She can no longer function accordingly. Moreover, she cannot maintain any relationships anymore, even Richardson left her after knowing her real state. It is depicted in these scenes that Sybil can no longer perform her responsibilities and job properly. Her mental illness is already intervening in her daily life, slowly taking away her normal life. She can no longer function accordingly. Moreover, she cannot maintain any relationships anymore, even Richardson left her after knowing her real state.

2. Anxiety, nervousness, or panic attacks.

3. Depersonalization (episodes of feeling disconnected or detached from one’s body and thoughts)

3. Depersonalization (episodes of feeling disconnected or detached from one’s body and thoughts)

These scenes show that certain stimuli could cause anxiety, nervousness or panic attacks on her. These scenes show that certain stimuli could cause anxiety, nervousness or panic attacks on her.

4. Amnesia (memory loss) or a sense of "lost time"
5. Suicide attempts or self-injury
5. Suicide attempts or self-injury
Scenes showing instances wherein Sybil would have temporary mental escape and once ‘she” comes back, she could not remember what the dominant alter did. Scenes showing instances wherein Sybil would have temporary mental escape and once ‘she” comes back, she could not remember what the dominant alter did.

D. KEY NURSING INTERVENTIONS WITH RATIONALE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SAID CONDITION 1. Be nonjudgmental and honest; offer empathy and support; acknowledge any unfairness or injustices related to the trauma. Rationale: building trust might be difficult for patients. 2. Assure patients that their feelings and behaviors are typical reactions to serious trauma. Rationale: patients often believe that they are going crazy. 3. Help patients identify possible causes of their feelings. Rationale: to assist patients in connecting their feelings with earlier experiences. 4. Listen carefully for patients’ expressions of helplessness and hopelessness. Rationale: to asses for self-harm; patients might be suicidal because they want to escape their pain and do not think that they will ever feel better. 5. Help patients recognize the connections between the trauma experience and their current...
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