As Good as It Gets Dsm Diagnosis

Topics: Anxiety, Obsessive–compulsive disorder Pages: 4 (1280 words) Published: May 2, 2011
The movie As Good As It Gets sets in New York City where the main character Melvin Udall (Nicholson) finds his life turned upside down when he is left with the responsibility of taking care of his neighbour Simon’s dog while he is being hospitilized. Melvin is a cranky, rude, bigoted obsessive writer that suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He eats breakfast at the same table in the same reestaurant everyday and brings along his own platsic utensils due to his fear of germs and takes interest in his waitress Carol (Hunt) who appears to be the only person that tolerated his behaviors. Despite disliking the dog Verdell at the beginning, Melvin becomes emotionally attached to him and vuce versa. Melvin offers to pay Carol son’s medical expenses so that way she can return to work to serve him. She also accompanies Melvin along with Simon on a trip to Maltimore where Simon atempts to ask his parents for financial help after his assult and robbery. Simon moves in temoprarily with Melvin and encourages him to detest his love to Carol after she tells him that she no longer wants him to be a part of her life. Carol and Melvin eventually recognises the connection that they have with each other at the end of the movie.

AXIS ONE: Melvin suffers from Obessive Compulsive Disorder which falls under the category of Anxiety Disorders. Melvin pschotherist disgnosed him with OCD because he avoids stepping on sidewalk cracks and touching other people, wears gloves all the time, wipes off door handles, switches the light five times, turns the door lock five times, eats at the same restaurant everyday, sits at the same table, insist n the same waitress, Carol, and always orders the same meal and brings his own pastic untensils at all times. AXIS TWO: Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder.

AXIS THREE: None. Melvin seems not to suffer from any general medical conditions. AXIS FOUR: Social Issues. Melvin seems to be very misogynistic, homophobic, enti-semitic...
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