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In film is common to see stories, fantastic, mysterious, fun and even surprising;however, many of his scripts are based on real life, reaching to touch the purest fibers of human life. Health problems have not escaped this category, questioning and describing the situation of strange diseases, the feelings of patients and the point of view of one who suffers the problem externally.
Then we invite you to meet some of the examples brought to the big screen, informing you of the synopsis and the condition involving each:
Cuckoo (mentally ill)
This winning story of 5 Oscars, presented Randle McMurphy who have used nam lim xanh (main character of the story), who to avoid jail convinces the judge be admitted to a psychiatric institution.
The story portrays what life might be like in a center for mentally ill gradually discover situations where patients play different roles in the group of inmates. Some develop real psychiatric problems, while others base their biggest problem depression and self-esteem.
The Spanish website lavanguardia.es reported that 20% of teenagers worldwide has any mental health problem involving psychiatric behaviors, according to the annual State of the World’s Children (EMI) of Unicef.
A Beautiful Mind (Schizophrenia)
Based on the life of John F. Nash, suffering from schizophrenia, who received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994 as a film co-author of game theory and participated in the World Congress of Psychiatry held in Madrid in 1996, featuring a presentation about of his experience as a patient.
The film chronicles the arrival of Nash at Princeton University in 1947 and the onset of symptoms of schizophrenia in the late 50s, so the film reflects the different stages and states through which he spent as a patient to achieve an acceptable level of recovery.
About 1 million Mexicans suffer from schizophrenia . Each year 250,000 people are hospitalized for mental disorders in psychiatric hospitals the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) where 5 out of 10 patients are schizophrenic disease that currently affects 1 in every 100 people worldwide.
Bad Habits (Eating Disorders)
While it is a Mexican film, the story raises a reflection of a world in which some want to be able to eat while other waste or hate this act. The film describes how anorexia and bulimia diseases ceased to be exclusive social class or international gateways , to become a situation that equally affects a nun, to a mother, that to a girl.
There is a great difference in the use of the term anorexia nervosa. People commonly associate the two as the same. Although both terms denote loss of appetite of a person; The term anorexia denotes the physical inability to detect hunger. However, the term anorexia nervosa refers to a psychological state in which the individual distorts your vision on appetite and appropriate measures to extreme food deprivation eating habits.
Julia’s Eyes (Blindness)
The story is about twin sisters Julia and Sarah, both suffering from a degenerative disease that remains with progressive blindness.
Receiving no news of her sister Julia decides to go in your search. On reaching the place that should be Sarah discovers that he has committed suicide; however, this does not e enough to Julia who not only facing the loss of his sister, but also the loss of all hope to stop his impending blindness, as she suffers the same disease and seems to share the same fate.
Clinical signs of vision loss are: blurred vision, complete blindness, eye pain with eye redness, feeling of seeing “flying flies” or “light rays”.
Early detection is important for an ophthalmologist will perform an accurate diagnosis and may be just the need to restore the problem procedure.
Farewell to vegas (Alcoholism)
A classic of film showing the end of alcoholism. A man who loses his job and goes to Las Vegas wearing out its latest economic resources on alcohol. What makes this film a painful testimony to those who have suffered from this disease.
In the film the classic scenes of one drink as a sign of sophistication and status are present. Leaving Las Vegas is not a film against the consumption of alcohol, is a heartbreaking and painful experience, where you can observe the reactions of withdrawal, mood changes a person suffering from alcoholism and a tendency to self-destruction.
There is much evidence in reality to diagnose alcoholism, usually in the form of standardized questionnaires that the patient can do on their own or as an interview conducted by the doctor. Since alcoholics often deny their problem or lie about it, the tests are designed to elicit responses related to the problems associated with drinking, rather than the amount of liquor consumed or specific drinking habits.
The fastest test takes just a minute; test called CAGE, an acronym for the following questions: (C) (Cut) attempts to reduce drinking; (A) (Annoyance) discomfort with criticism about drinking; (G) (Guilt) guilt about drinking; and (E) (Eye-opener) use of alcohol in the morning, literally “eye opener”.