Movies and Mental Illness: Using Films to Understand Psychopathology / Edition 3

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The popular and critically acclaimed teaching tool - movies as an aid to learning about mental illness - has just got even better! Now with even more practical features and expanded contents: full film index, "Authors' Picks", sample syllabus, more international films

Films are a powerful medium for teaching students of psychology, social work, medicine, nursing, counseling, and even en literature or media studies about mental illness and psychopathology.

Movies and Mental Illness, now available in an updated edition, has established a great reputation as a enjoyable and highly memorable supplementary teaching tool for abnormal psychology classes. Written by experienced clinicians and teachers, who are themselves movie aficionados, this book is superb not just for psychology or media studies classes, but also for anyone interested in the portrayal of mental health issues in movies.

The core clinical chapters of Movies and Mental Illness each use a fabricated case history and Mini-Mental State Examination along with synopses and scenes from one or two specific, often well-known films to explain, teach, and encourage discussion about the most important disorders encountered in clinical practice.

Each chapter also includes:

Critical Thinking Questions (to consider when viewing the core movie/s)

"Authors' Picks" (Top 10 Films)

"What To Read if You Only Have Time to Read One Book/Paper"

Suggested topics for class discussions Other features of the new, expanded edition:

Full index of films

Sample course syllabus

Ratings of more than 1,250 films (expanded by 25%!)

Other fascinating appendices, such as "Top 50 Heroes and Villains", psychotherapists inmovies, misconceptions about mental illness in movies, recommended websites

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This third edition provides a thorough look into cinematic depictions of psychopathology, the successful as well as the not so successful. Both modern and classic films are discussed and categorized by disorder and accompanied by helpful summaries.
Purpose: The authors believe that movies are a strong medium for illustrating psychopathology, and they convey their love of movies in this book. Additionally, they have provided a tremendous resource and well-indexed list of appropriate and timely films for classroom use. Considering how difficult and time-consuming it is to find the right movie clips or films for class, this book is priceless.
Audience: Students in psychology, nursing, social work, medicine, and counseling, as well as other students studying psychopathology will benefit from this book. Professors will enjoy how organized and thorough the book is. The book can be a standalone text for a course or used as a supplement to a psychopathology or a psychotherapy course.
Features: The book is masterfully laid out with all of the major disorders covered chapter-by-chapter with an appropriate selection of movie clips. The authors provide excellent commentary on the appropriateness of the films as well as an honest and frank discussion of why some films provide an inadequate or erroneous depiction of mental health. The excellent chapter on treatment gives readers a great opportunity to explore various films. Each chapter ends with critical thinking questions as well as the authors' top ten film choices. The appendixes provide a sample syllabus, recommended websites, 12 misconceptions about mental illness, portrayals of psychotherapists in movies, and films illustrating psychopathology. The the price of the book is exceptional considering the depth of content.
Assessment: This is an essential resource for everyone who teaches psychopathology. This book needs to be on the shelf and in the hands of all psychology instructors. Strongly recommended!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889373716
  • Publisher: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/14/2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors

Foreword to the Third Edition John Norcross

Foreword Allan Barclay

Preface, Acknowledgments

1 Films and Psychopathology

2 Anxiety Disorders

3 Dissociative and Somatoform Disorders

4 Psychological Stress and Physical Disorders

5 Mood Disorders

6 Personality Disorders

7 Substance Use Disorders

8 Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders

9 Schizophrenia and Delusional Disorders

10 Neuropsychological Disorders

11 Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

12 Mental Retardation and Autism

13 Sleep, Eating, Impulse Control, and Adjustment Disorders

14 Violence and Physical and Sexual Abuse

15 Treatment

Appendix A The American film Institute's Top 50 Heroes and Villains

Appendix B Syllabus for Sample Course that Integrates Films

Appendix C Recommended Websites

Appendix D 12 Misconceptions About Mental Illness Perpetuated by Movies

Appendix E Portrayals of Psychotherapists in Movies

Appendix F Films Illustrating Psychopathology



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