Essay about Shutter Island and Delusional Disorder

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Shutter Island and Delusional Disorder
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Shutter Island and Delusional Disorder Shutter Island is a very complex movie seemingly about a U.S. Marshal named Teddy Daniels. As the movie begins, Daniels and his partner are shown traveling to Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a mental hospital. However, as the plot unravels we see that Daniels has a mental disorder of his own. Though his diagnosis is not revealed in the movie, I believe this character suffered from Delusional Disorder, Persecutory Type. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR), “the essential feature of
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In the film, however, Andrew’s visual and auditory hallucinations are relatively prominent. He is constantly seeing and hearing visions of his deceased wife. Sometimes she appears in his dreams and other times she emerges when he is fully awake. Regarding tactile and olfactory hallucinations, there were not any presented during the film that stood out to me. The DSM-IV-TR also states that the level of psychosocial functioning of those with Delusional Disorder is relatively unimpaired. Andrew demonstrates this in that he is able to function pretty normally throughout the film. Though he does have some anger outbursts at times, his behavior could just be seen as the actions of a very passionate person. We do not see him presenting problems such as disorganized speech or flat affect as is evidenced by other psychotic disorders like Schizophrenia. As referenced earlier, the type of Delusional Disorder Andrew suffers from is the Persecutory Type. According to the DSM-IV-TR, “this subtype applies when the central theme of the delusion involves the person’s belief that he or she is being conspired against, cheated, spied on, followed, poisoned or drugged, maliciously maligned, harassed, or obstructed in the pursuit of long-term goals.” As part of his delusion, Andrew did believe he was being drugged by the doctors at the mental hospital. He also believed there was a conspiracy

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