Teaching With This Movie:Bipolar Disorder
Research bipolar disorder. What are the diagnostic criteria and treatment options for bipolar? Why was bipolar renamed from “manic depression”? What does current research say about the diagnosis of bipolar early versus later in life?
Idea #2:Family Dynamics and Social Stigma
Social stigma continues to surround mental health problems and, especially, psychiatric in-patient treatment. How does this movie deal with the family unit’s response to Pat’s mental health struggles? How do other characters deal with knowing about Pat’s hospitalization? How does groupthink affect efforts and attempts to destigmatize mental health treatment?