Analysis Of The Movie ' Black Swan '

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This paper, broken into two sections, includes a mock case study of a young woman, from the movie Black Swan, who meets criteria for a Schizophrenia spectrum disorder, followed by current research on schizophrenia and recommended treatment. Because specific temporal information is unavailable and the key difference between schizophreniform disorder and schizophrenia is duration, the diagnosis made for the purpose of this paper is schizophrenia. The research portion will cover current research and treatment of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a disorder defined by a heterogeneous set of irregularities across multiple modalities, including “cognitive, behavioral, and emotional dysfunctions” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p.100). This mock case study is an important reminder for counseling students: Client symptoms may not always be transparent to clinicians. Clients may purposefully withhold information, lack insight to report, or may have sufficient factual insight to avoid the perceived stigma of reporting.

Case Conceptualization of Nina Sayers in Aronofsky’s Black Swan
The following case conceptualization has been inspired by Aronofsky’s Black Swan, a movie about a young woman (played by Natalie Portman) who experiences first-time psychosis. For the purposes of this paper, the character, Nina Sayers (played by Natalie Portman), will be treated as an actual client, and all reference to the movie Black Swan will be deferred to the conclusion.
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