It's Kind Of A Funny Story Analysis

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Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck in 2010, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a comedy-drama about a teenager and his stint in a psychiatric ward. In this paper, I will be discussing the various accuracies and inaccuracies of the symptoms of the psychological disorder as shown in the movie and the portrayal of the disorder and therapy, how it could be misleading to typical movie goers, and finally, the causes and challenges faced with a diagnosis. When Craig Gilner, a 16-year-old wide-eyed boy with a sensitive demeanor who is diagnosed with depression and prone to fits of projectile stress vomiting, dreams that he successfully committed suicide by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, he goes to a hospital and insists that a doctor check him into Three North, their adult psychiatric ward. Although initially uncertain about his choice to stay after seeing all the patients there, Craig starts to make friends and form close bonds with the patients there. One of whom is Bobby, a longtime depressed patient who takes on a mentor role to Craig. Although initially vague and evasive about questions…show more content…
The movie portrays a fairly accurate description of the symptoms of depression through three major characters - Craig, Bobby, and Muqtada. Together, they depict the symptoms of depressions as stated in the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Muqtada has anhedonia, which is loss in interest in everything in life. He used to love music and dancing but he now spends every day either lying in bed sleeping or doing nothing. This also exemplifies changes in sleep and activity levels, or more specifically, hypersomnia. In addition, Muqtada exhibits psychomotor retardation as he walks very slowly, often shown shuffling down the corridors, and speaking slowly and

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