Mr Jones Essay

1856 Words May 8th, 2012 8 Pages
MR. JONES
(BIPOLAR DISORDER)

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

ABSTRACT

This research paper discusses the movie “Mr. Jones.” It details the character Mr. Jones and tells about his current psychological condition (bipolar disorder). It further discusses the causes, symptoms, treatment, and ethical issues concerning this disorder.
MR JONES

Mr. Jones is a movie about a charismatic man who is diagnosed as bipolar and is committed to a psychiatric institution. He is diagnosed incorrectly at first but then receives the correct diagnosis and becomes romantically involved with psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Bowen. This movie deals with bipolar disorder and displays the signs and symptoms of the disorder, possible causes of the disorder, treatments of
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Mr. Jones starts to spiral into a depression after his manic episode and after being hospitalized for a second time. During his depression, his concentration decreases and he appears listless and sullen. He also wanders around not enjoying anything that usually appeals to him. After this depression period, his mood starts to escalate again. His speech speeds up, and he shows a sense of humor.
Signs and Symptoms Some signs and symptoms of a manic episode are: increased energy, activity, and restlessness; excessively high, overly good, euphoric mood; racing thoughts and talking fast, jumping from one idea to another; distractibility or lack of concentration; spending sprees; poor judgment; increased sex drive; and denial that anything is wrong (Nevid, Rathus, & Greene, 2006). A manic episode is diagnosed if elevated mood occurs with three or more of the other symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for one week or longer (Psychology Today, 2011). If the mood is irritable, four additional symptoms must be present. Mr. Jones displays several of these mania symptoms in the movie. Once he is released from the psychiatric institution after being incorrectly diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia, he goes to the bank and withdraws over $12,000 from his account that he just open five days earlier and charms the bank teller, Susan, into joining him for the day. Then Mr. Jones gives a $100 bill to Susan, because she “will need it to…

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