People with Mental Illness in the Film "Canvas" Film Review by Nicky

Review of the film "Canvas," which deals with mental illness.
# 146121 | 1,903 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper reviews the film "Canvas" which tells the story of a mother with schizophrenia and the illness's impact on her family and friends. A brief introduction to this mental illness is given. Then, the paper describes Mary, the schizophrenic mother, before her illness, showing her as a loving wife, mother and talented artist. Then it depicts her struggle with this illness and her inpatient treatment in a psychiatric facility. The paper concludes by using Mary's treatment as a springboard for discussing the therapeutic options for schizophrenia. According to the paper, various methods should be used as there are many different types of schizophrenia.

From the Paper:

"In general Schizophrenia may present with one or more of the following positive symptoms: Delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, and catatonic behavior. Negative symptoms include affective flattening, alogia, or avolition. ("Schizophrenia Symptoms," 2008). To be diagnosed with Schizophrenia a patient must have one or more of the previous symptoms for a period of one to six months. At one point we hear that Mary, the Schizophrenic mother of the movie, has been dealing with this illness actively for eighteen months and probably had exhibited a progressive increase in symptoms prior to that. Mary is unusual in tht symptoms usually develop in late adolescence (Harrop, & Trower, 2003) and her illness appears to have come about somewhat later in her life. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ackerson, B. J. (2003). Parents with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness: Issues in Assessment and Services. Social Work, 48(2), 187-195
  • Davidson, L. & Stayner, D. (1997). Loss, Loneliness and the Desire for Love: Perspectives on the Social Lives of People with Schizophrenia. The Psychiatric Journal, 20 (3), (Winter), pg. 3-12
  • Harrop, C., & Trower, P. (2003). Why Does Schizophrenia Develop at Late Adolescence? A Cognitive-Developmental Approach to Psychosis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons
  • Meuser, Kim T. (1996) Helping Families Manage Severe Mental Illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills, 1 (2) pg. 21-42
  • Parens, E. (2004). Genetic Differences and Huamn Identities: On Why Talking about Behavioral Genetics Is Important and Difficult. The Hastings Center Report, 34(1), 1-18

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