Describe background information on the character, such as demographic information, family history, social history, medical history, academic and occupational history, etc.

For this paper, select a character from a movie from the list below and write a case description of the character, including a DSM-IV-TR diagnosis.  This paper should be two to three pages, not including title and reference pages, and include the following:

  1. Describe background information on the character, such as demographic information, family history, social history, medical history, academic and occupational history, etc.
  2. Describe the presenting problem, current symptoms, and current social functioning.
  3. Create a multi-axial DSM-IV diagnosis for the character.
  4. Analyze your differential diagnosis, including what other diagnoses you considered and why you ruled them out.
  5. Evaluate how accurately the movie’s depiction of the given form of abnormal psychology was based on what you’ve learned about the disorder.

The following is a list of possible films you may select from.  If you are unable to access one of the films below, you may select an alternate video from the Ashford University Library with approval from your instructor.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Adaptation (2002)
American Beauty (1999)
As Good As It Gets (1997)
The Aviator (2004)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Clean and Sober (1988)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Hours (2002)
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Falling Down (1994)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Fight Club (1999)
The Fisher King (1991)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Identity (2003)
K-Pax (2001)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Memento (2001)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Monster’s Ball (2002)
Ordinary People (1980)
Primal Fear (1996)
Psycho (1960)
Rain Man (1993)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Shine (1996)
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Sybil (1976)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Trainspotting (1996)
When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
Vertigo (1958)

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