I use scenes form movies very often when teaching medical students about psychiatry. The benefit of those scenes are that you can see psychiatric symptoms and patients in a very condensed form. Not all movies or scenes can be used. For instance it is hard to use “A beautiful mind” for teaching on Schizophrenia because you’ll have to show a very long excerpt of the movie to make your point. Shine is also an example of a movie which you’ll need to show at considerable length in order to show the students psychiatric disorder. There is even an entire website about Movies and Mental Illness.
With clear instructions some scenes can be used to demonstrate psychiatric symptoms. “As good as it gets” is one of my favorites. All ready in the beginning of the movie the first scenes paint a clear picture of someone with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Showing “As good as it gets” during a lecture a student asked me if “The Aviator” is also about OCD. I hadn’t seen that movie so I purchased the DVD. There are some scenes that clearly shows symptoms of OCD and as such can be used for instructing medical students about psychiatric symptoms. On the other hand seeing the movie also raises the question whether it is OCD or compulsions and obsessions as part of Schizophrenia and that is more difficult to show during a lecture. It requires to show a considerable part of the movie.
Now back to Shine. It is one of the most impelling movies of a psychiatric patient struggling with his illness and overcoming for a great deal his illness. He has also been treated with electro convulsive therapy which can be seen in a short scene. He is doing well these days. In this article in The Japan Times. He is doing a tour in Japan this year.
Good for him
Not only movies but also television shows have psychiatric topics. For instance Brook Shields talking about her post partum depression with Oprah Winfrey. For another comment about psychiatry and movies or television have a look at this article from Lancaster Online: How the media looks at the mind.
“A beautiful mind”
“As good as it gets”
Association of Low Bone Mineral Density With Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Use by Older Men
In my Google Reader it keeps coming up that elderly men and women have Low Bone Mineral density with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRIs) Use. SSRIs are the most used antidepressants. Other antidepressants such as tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) do not have this effect according to the abstract of this article in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The problem is that depression also causes bone density loss, so is it due to the drug or the disease? Other antidepressants such as tricyclic antidepressants do not cause this diminishing of bone density, at least according to this article.Needs to be continued.
Although it is difficult to see how often this blog is updated it hosts a lot of information for medical students. For instance links to sites with free medical text books, useful websites and reference material.
The American Medical Association’s is thinking about recommending the inclusion of “Internet/video game addiction” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (a.k.a. DSM), the standard-setting catalog of mental illness.According to an article in the Wall street journal online.
Luckily the final decision will be up to the American Psychiatric Association, which oversees the DSM. To my opinion a lot of research has to be done to proof it even exists. Is there proof of withdrawal symptoms?
You might have guest this author plays a lot of games, on and offline.
Maybe we shlould make a poll which games are played by which medical specialism?
Shock Documentary The eye opening story about one of the most controversial medical treatments in history
At this site from the publisher of the film you can view a trailer and buy the DVD. Through candid and intimate interviews with patients, doctors, and other experts, the film explores the myths, mysteries, and realities surrounding electroconvulsive therapy, a medical procedure used, most effectively, in treating severe clinical depression. ECT works by inducing seizures in a patient through electrical impulses to the brain. One of the interviewed is Kitty Dukakis, wife of the three-term Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis.
I bought the DVD, will review it when I’ve seen it.
Healthy eating and depression. A publication from the Mental Health Foundation, a UK charity for everyone’s mental health. You can also read it online. Research in this area is still underway so it is not possible to draw any firm conclusions but the evidence does suggest that it is worth trying to follow a healthy diet in order to protect our mental health.
This is a non commercial website with practical information about depression
Beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. Beyondblue is a bipartisan initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments with a key goal of raising community awareness about depression and reducing stigma associated with the illness.