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The psychiatrist, the patient, their relationship and the movies

  • Jacqueline M. Atkinson (a1)
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Diagnosing a man who has travelled back from the future and who, in the present, speaks of the future as the past causes no problems: paranoid schizophrenia. Thus is Bruce Willis misunderstood in Twelve Monkeys (1995). Neither this, nor Brad Pitt as a patient with schizophrenia should distract us; once more we have a film in which a psychiatrist develops a dubious relationship with a patient. Despite evidence of the destructive impact on patients (Russell, 1993; Jehu, 1994), in films it has become almost normal.

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Gabbard, K. & Gabbard, G. O. (1987) Psychiatry and the Cinema. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Jehu, D. (1994) Patients as Victims. Sexual Abuse in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Chichester Wiley.
Ross, J. (1993) The Incredibly Strange Film Book. London: Simon & Schuster.
Russell, J. (1993) Out of Bounds. Sexual Exploitation in Counselling and Therapy. London: Sage.
Schneider, I. (1985) The psychiatrist in the movies: the first fifty years. In Psychoanalytic Study of Literature (eds Reppen, J. & Charney, M.). Hillsdale. NJ: Analytic Press.
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