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Psychology Research Guide: Character Analysis/DSM Diagnosis

A guide to resources for psychology

PSYC 101 Case Study

Write and present a case study on the psychopathology of a character/person of interest.  Choose a character from a book or movie, a famous person, etc.

The case study should include:

  • Background information on the person
  • Description of the presenting problem
  • Your diagnosis of the problem (use the DSM-V)
  • What intervention (treatment/therapy) is recommended?

Cite 3 credible sources in APA format.

DSM-IV-TR

Use the Table of Contents for this electronic version of the DSM-V to find the most complete information about a disorder:

Sources on Psychological Disorders & Conditions

Check the excellent sources provided under the tab for Reference Resources above for reliable information about disorders and conditions.

Examples available as ebooks:

Psychology databases

Finding biographical information

Psychopathology in the movies

The following movies contain one or more characters who exhibit psychological disorders.

Links are provided for the Wikipedia article about a movie.  NOTE: the information in Wikipedia may not be reliable.

For additional information about movies or to verify the information in Wikipedia, try Internet Movie Database.

Amadeus
American Psycho
Angel Heart (1987)
Apocalypse Now*
As Good as It Gets
(1997)
The Aviator (2005)
Awakenings
Away from Her
(2006)
Basic Instinct
(1992)
Benny & Joon (1993)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Black Swan (2010)
Blue Sky (1994)
The Cable Guy
(1996)
A Clockwork Orange
(1971)
Dear John (2010)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Fight Club (1999)
The Fisher King (1991)
Forest Gump
Frances
(1982)
Garden State (2004)
Girl, Interrupted
(1999)
The Great Santini
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
(1992)
Helen (2009)
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
The Hours (2002)
I am Sam
Iris
(2001)
K-PAX
The King's Speech
Lars and the Real Girl
(2007)
Little Man Tate (1991)
Lust for Life
The Machinist
(2004)
The Madness of King George (1994)
Malice
Me, Myself & Irene
(2000)
Mercury Rising
Misery
(1990)
Natural Born Killers
(1994)
Nell (1994)
No Country for Old Men
(2007)
The Notebook
(2004)
Notes on a Scandal
(2006)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Ordinary People (1980)
Patch Adams (1998)
Play Misty for Me
(1971)
Pollock (2001)
Precious
Proof
(1995)
Prozac Nation
Psycho
(1960)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Radio (2003)
Rain Man (1988)
Raising Cain (1992)
Requiem for a Dream
Revolutionary Road
(2008)
Running with Scissors (2007)
Schindler’s List
Secret Window
The Shining
Shutter Island
(2010)
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Single White Female
(1992)
Sling Blade
The Soloist
(2008)
Sybil (1976)
Sylvia (2003)
Taxi Driver (1976)
There Will Be Blood
This Boy’s Life
Three Faces of Eve
(1957)
Throw Momma From the Train
To Die For
(1995)
12 Monkeys (1995)
Wall Street
(1987)
What About Bob? (1991)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
White Oleander
(2002)

Citing a movie

According to APA style, this is the format for citing a movie:

Producer, A.A. (Producer), & director, B.B. (Director). (Year). Title of motion picture [Motion picture]. Country of Origin: Studio.

(the second line is indented)

Locating Free Movies

Before paying for a movie, try these options to locate the movie of your choice.

Find Movie Reviews

Movie reviews may also give more insight into characters.

Use one of these general databases to find movie reviews.

Use the Advanced Search--put the title of the movie in the 1st search window and the word "reviews" in the 2nd

Finding the book

Some of the movies listed may have originated as a book.  The book may include more insight into the personality and behaviors of the characters.

Search for books in the Carroll Library Partnership (includes Carroll titles) and Marina above.

Remember that the CCC library may own the book for movies that we do not own.