This paper is a review of the movie “Conspiracy Theory” featuring Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, and the guy that played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek” after William Shatner. The review will cover the main characters portrayal of a schizophrenic and its consistency with the diagnosis. Conspiracy Theory Review
In the movie Mel Gibson plays the role of Jerry Fletcher, a man who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. The positive symptoms of schizophrenia portrayed in this movie were visual and auditory hallucinations, paranoid delusions and difficulty distinguishing delusions from reality. The negative symptoms portrayed were the inability to function at a “normal” level for the culture, difficulty expressing emotions, a short attention span, and difficulty recalling information. Throughout the movie, Jerry coped with his issues by dumping all of his theories on anyone who would listen and even some that didn’t want to. He also developed a very odd habit spying on and stalking a woman who is later revealed to be an attorney. He has some very odd tendencies that involve locking up all of his food individually, lining his apartment with foil and wiring it to explode in the event of an invasion, buying “The Catcher in the Rye” every time he saw it, never entering or exiting his house the same way twice in a row and having all kinds of crazy escape plans and inventions in place that affirmed his delusions. Jerry received no treatment throughout the movie for his symptoms. He was captured by the agency that his delusions uncovered. It turned out that his delusions were founded and that he was essentially brain washed through a series of electroconvulsive therapy, sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, over stimulation (having his eyelids taped open), and narcotic drug intoxication. The side effects of this were his schizophrenic symptoms. The symptoms affected his ADL’s by causing him to be completely secluded in his personal life outside of his job as...
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