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From The CriticsReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Abbott Laboratories)
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!