Monday, March 01, 2010

Role play as solution to mental problems ?

Psychology brings in another dimension to movies, some of these "Psychology motivated" movies makes to box office hits where as some gets vanished .

After watching Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island and impressed by the details of how he puts across the venture by psychiatrist's to treat Delusional Disorder faced by the hero (Di Carpio).
This movies is very good, and I usually give this rating to a movie if I keep remembering about the movie even when I come out of the theater. After reading clinical psychologist's review (from psychology today), I went out of words .

This is not the first time I have seen a movie made on similar grounds, on the use of role play to solve mental problems . The Malayalam movie Manichitrathazhu was blockbuster in Kerala, running in theaters for more than 300 days, and lately this move was re made (not dubbed) in 5 other Indian languages. But in here, the patient was suffering from split personality, and hero (the doctor) tries to find a solution by using role play .

They say Drugs had brought in lot of relief for mental patients as end of the day these diseases are resultant of some or the other biochemical reaction happening in our body . This so called solution sounds far better than the surgical procedures in 1930's (This is again one of the suspenses in "Shutter Island").

I wonder how often and how elaborate would these role playing solutions be if somebody would be doing so to treat mental problems. Though the climax of "Shutter Island" was disappointing compared to that of "Manichitrathazhu" suggesting the probability of success for these procedures is not 100%. Does doctors have time to formulate such acting ventures to bring back the "actual world" to these patients ?