Movie Review: Out of Darkness

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Movie Review: Out of Darkness
Letitia Y. Wright
CO 810 – Abnormal Psychology
Katherine James, PhD, LPC, NCC
Ashland Theological Seminary
February 10, 2014

Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to review the depiction of a person suffering with and living with the mental condition of Schizophrenia in the movie, Out of Darkness. The film has a dynamic cast including: Diana Ross as Paulie Cooper (the individual suffering with schizophrenia), Rhonda Stubbins-White as Zoe Price (Paulie’s sister), and Beach Richards as Ms. Cooper (Paulie’s mother). There are a number of other characters portrayed in the film; however for the purpose of this paper, the focus is on these three. The first portion of the paper gives a brief description of
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In essence the shoe other drops in your life and the bottom falls out of what has been your seemingly perfect life. In the film, Out of Darkness, Diana Ross, plays the role of Paulie, the young woman described in brief above. The film was originally aired on ABC television as a made for TV movie in 1994. At the age of 23, while her life was seemingly perfect, Paulie was achieving her goals, living her dreams when she suffered the onset of schizophrenia and her life took an 18 year turn. Upon her release from her 47th or 49th stint at a mental hospital, Pauline struggles with rebuilding some semblance of normalcy in her life. With little faith of getting better and yet another episode with her condition, Pauline is offered the opportunity of using a new experimental medication, Clozoril, that gives her hope of getting her back to herself.
Diagnosis
Schizophrenia, also known as dementia praecox, as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders V, is a severe mental disorder/illness characterized by some, but not necessarily all of the following features: emotional blunting, intellectual deterioration, social isolation, disorganized speech and behavior, delusions and hallucinations. In layman’s terms, Schizophrenia is that mental disorder/illness…