1. What are the major differences between a personality disorder and
an Axis I disorder?
2. Can a person have several different personality disorders at the
3. What are the 3 clusters of personality disorder and the characteristics
of each cluster?
4. Which personality disorders would you consider to be more seriously
5. Which seem less a cause for professional concern?
6. Why is sexual acting out so common in people with borderline personality
7. Is it useful to treat personality characteristics as if they were
diseases (i.e., do they belong in the DSM IV)?
8. What lines do you draw between "evil" and "antisocial personality?"
9. Do you think you know someone with a personality disorder? How do
you differentiate between a disorder and just the unique characteristics
of that person?
1. What are some of the effects of misrepresentation that the author
says it is important to pay attention to the images of mental illness that
are put forth in films?
C. Someone else's problem
E. Self-concept of those with mental illness
What does the author say about the following reasons why inaccurate
and harmful images persist?
E. Psychological Reassurance
F. Lack of consumer feedback
1. As you watch this film, think about how you would diagnosis her?
Make notes regarding symptoms for each disorder that are present and absent
. The two major possibilities are bipolar disorder and borderline personality
2. What characteristics of her parents do you think were important in
the etiology of her troubles?
3. If her mother were to be diagnosed, what disorder would you most
4. What images of the psychiatrist and of the hospitals are present
in this film?
5. Compare her first hospitalization with the second?
6. What changes to her physical appearance occur throughout the film?
7. What was similar and different about the way shock treatment is portrayed
in this film and the others we have seen?
8. What effects did the lobotomy have, if any?