Bipolar Disorder Character Analysis

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In the first season of 90201, we are introduced to Erin Silver which is also known as “Silver” throughout the series. In the first couple of episodes Silver seems like any ordinary 16 year old, but as the season goes on we discover more about her character. By the end of the first season, we learn that Silver has Bipolar Disorder and after her diagnosis the show demonstrates how her life is affected. Throughout the first five episode of discovering Silver’s mental condition I saw several signs of what seemed to be Bipolar Disorder. At first Silver demonstrates signs of going through manic episode. We see Silver doing thoughtless behavior, talking very fast, and being more excited about events in her life than usual. For example, when Silver…show more content…
Most movies/ shows seem to over dramatize the disorder and even make people with this disorder seem a bit more psychotic. The show didn’t emphasize her treatment as much throughout the whole season, but only one episode. We learned that she was seeing a therapist, taking medication, and logging in her emotions throughout the day in a journal. Silver hates having to be regulated all the time and having to explain all her emotions in this journal, but I think that this shows a more authentic characterization of someone who may have been recently diagnosed and treated. The fact that they explained the treatments she had to go through is significant because 90210 informed the viewers that there’s more than one treatment needed to treat the disorder. Also, the importance of having consistency within the treatments causes a healthy mental state. As the plot unfolds I think anybody watching this show will grow very sympathetic to Silver’s condition because of we know the underlying causes of her behavior and who she really is when she is under treatment. This show demonstrates that anybody with Bipolar disorder can lead a healthy and stable life after the right treatment is given, like

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