Thursday, December 21, 2006

Crazy Movies

Suddenly Last Summer starring Elizabeth Taylor as the crazy (wearing a dress from Paris in the mental institution) and Kate Hepburn as her disturbed aunt was on TV night before last. The scenes of the crazy people showed them all laughing maniacally. It has been my observation that most people in mental health care are very quiet and not animated in any way. Also I am no expert but I do not think people go crazy after a single observed event, though prolonged stress can cause major problems.

I also saw a Stephan King movie called Secret Window with Johnny Depp. As Johnny gets more and more crazy, he sleeps more and more. Actually psychotic breaks come after sleeplessness.

Movies don't usually get anything right about mental illness. The closest was One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest when everyone lines up for their drugs and are portrayed as passive.

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