Silver Linings Playbooks by David O. Russell Essay

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Silver Linings Playbooks tells the story of Pat Solitano Jr. (played by Bradley Cooper), a high school teacher diagnosed with bipolar disorder who is trying to get his life back together. The movie opens as Pat is released from a psychiatric hospital after eight months of treatment and moves back in with his parents. He is determined to get back together with his wife, Nikki, despite all the signs that say she does not want to be with him - such as the restraining order she filed against him. Pat meets recently widowed Tiffany Maxwell (played by Jennifer Lawrence), who is suffering from depression and overcoming a sex addiction that ensued from the death of her husband. Tiffany offers to help deliver Pat’s letters to Nikki if he
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During this period there must also be three or more of the following symptoms present: (1) inflated self-esteem or grandiosity; (2) decreased need for sleep; (3) more talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking; (4) flight of ideas or subjective experience that thoughts are racing; (5) distractibility; (6) increase in goal-directed activity; (7) excessive involvement in activities that have a high potential for painful consequences. In addition to the presence of at least three of these seven symptoms, the criteria for bipolar 1 disorder require that the mood disturbance is severe enough to cause marked social or occupational dysfunction or to necessitate hospitalization to prevent harm to self or others, or there are psychotic features. Lastly, the manic episode cannot be attributable to the effects of a substance of abuse, medication, or another medical condition (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p. 124).
Throughout the movie, Pat recurrently displayed an elevated and irritable mood as well as three of the above symptoms, namely a decreased need for sleep, speech that is rapid, pressured, loud and difficult to interrupt, and non-stop goal-directed activity. These symptoms are accompanied by delusions of a suspicious nature, as well as hallucinations. Pat’s mood disturbance led to his hospitalization, separation from his wife, and the loss of his job…

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