How Shutter Island Relates to Psychology

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How Shutter Island Relates to Psychology.

The movie Shutter Island is based in Boston’s Ashecliffe Hospital located on Shutter Island in 1954. It’s about a Federal Marshal named Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule who are sent to Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a patient there, Rachel Solando. She had been put in the institution because she drowned her three kids; However Teddy had been pushing for the assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to
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Given this symptom profile, it is quite possible that Teddy is suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder, after his wife drowned there three kids in the lake behind there cabin and then Teddy in turns kills his wife, putting her out of her misery. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), you can be “high functioning - cognitively, socially and emotionally - and not only suffer from delusions (fixed, adamant beliefs that run contrary to clear, consensual evidence) but experience such a state without clear mental hiccups.” Teddy also meets this month. As the DSM-IV further classifies” Dissociative Identity Disorder via content of the diagnosis, according to the manual, because he experiences the delusions for more than one delusion, a psychologist might also note that Teddy suffers from a “Mixed Type”. In other words, Teddy’s mind generates themes of grandiosity (I'm going to solve or uncover a conspiracy!) and persecution (I'm going to be prevented from ever leaving this island!) We might say Teddy's symptom is very paranoid since he believes that the hospital is attempting to turn him insane in order to use him for experimental psychosurgery (frontal lobotomy) and he believes that the aspirin he is receiving as well as the cigarettes and food, all contain drugs which are slowly turning him insane.


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