The Silver Linings Playbook: Clinical Diagnosis of Pat Solitano

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Clinical Diagnosis of Pat Solitano in ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’ (2012): Bipolar Disorder
Kathleen Wesley
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Deakin University, Burwood
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The movie ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, filmed in 2012 and directed by David O. Russel, follows the life story of Pat Solitano, a former teacher who is released from a mental insituation and places significant importance on his getting his life back togther. Over the film’s course, it becomes apparent that Pat suffers from Bipolar Disorder.

Client Presentation

On general inspection, Pat appears to be in his late 30’s, a white male and of average male build. Pat is dressed in a a very worn, grey
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(Müller-Oerlinghausen, Berghöfer & Bauer, 2002). More importantly, It should be noted that controversy has arisen over the exact reasons individuals suffer from bipolar disorder, where it still remains somewhat unclear (Leahy, 2007). Although ambiguous, researchers have established that bipolar disorder results from a multifaceted interaction of genetic and environmental factors (Demjaha, MacCabe & Murray, 2011) in sum, several things are said to be correlated with origin and maintenance of Bipolar disorder. This literature review will examine the biopsychosocial model approach. Examining biological, environmental and psychological under pinning’s in the diagnoses and classification of mental illness.
Many researchers have conducted family studies to determine that bipolar disorder is drawn via genetic endowment (Goodwin and Jamison, 1990) bipolar disorder studies inform us the aetiology includes genetic variants that increase an individual’s susceptibility to bipolar disorder. The research undertaken by Antypa et al. (2014) and Baum et al. (2008) emphasized the importance of evaluating individuals risk of bipolar…