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The Law of 4: You Are the 67 If you have seen the movie Shutter Island, you will notice that topic is according to scrip in this film. Andrew Laeddis was a soldier who joined the World War Two and killed Germany prisoners of war in death camp. Then he became a U.S. Marshal in Boston, and became alcoholics and ignored his suicidal-wife. Her wife burned their apartment then drowning their three kids in the back yard. Andrew killed his wife to “set her free” and burned their house. According to what Dr. Cawley explain his symptoms at the very end: “You crime is terrible, one you can’t forgive yourself for, so you invented another self. You create a story which you are not a murderer, you’re a hero, still a U.S Marshal, only here because of a case”. This movie is based on a mental hospital/prison, so most of people in it have one kind or another abnormality. But I only focus on Andrew’s disorders. Most mental illness patient will hold multiple disorders, like he also has persecution mania and proclivity for violence.
Before diagnosis his disorder, I think the background knowledge and social factors introduction for that period is necessary. The World War Two was end by 1945 and this story happened in 1954. During that time, biological perspective and psychopharmacology perspective for abnormal psychology’s treatment had a debate/war. Former emphasized use surgical intervention: psychosurgery, like Tran’s orbital lobotomy or chlorpromazine drug, to solve the problem thorough and quick. But the latter believe that spend time and money to make people “unless happy and peace” is worthy. Andrew is a serious DID patient who suffered the war and fratricidal, also with propensity to violence and paranoia. This movie describes the last psychopharmacological treatment, role play treatment, which cued him finally. According to the DSM-IV-TR 5-axis to diagnosis his symptom: l Axis I: Schizophrenia and PTSD. DID, single episode. This is obvious in the whole movie.
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