Everyone is crazy.
Some people have formal diagnoses of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and the list keeps growing. Without discrediting these people or their providers, I want to emphasize that everyone – regardless of a diagnosis – is, at least, a little bit crazy.
You are probably a nice person, but stuck in traffic, you become a horn-blaring psychopath. You start to get sweaty when someone asks you why you are STILL single. The sound of someone chewing too loudly makes you want to scream. You take to Twitter to vent aggressively into the virtual abyss of the internet. You sleep with the light on or still check under the bed or double-check that the door is locked at least 20 times before going to sleep.
Mental-anything has gotten a nasty rap in the past few decades. People believe mental illness is coddled, incurable, catered-to, but the reality is that all of us are walking crazy, talking crazy, and exposed to crazy on a daily basis. In truth, I think it has always been this way; it’s the conversation that has changed – and not always for the better.
Movie Madness is a love letter to movies and to all of the unique, crazy perspectives out there. A former film student-turned nurse, I speak from experience in the fields of filmmaking, working with psychiatric patients, and my own list of diagnoses. I hope to use this blog to invite more conversations about mental health, its treatment, and the public perception of it. I hope to demonstrate, through movies, what mental illnesses could look like and to grow the conversation in a way that is both challenging and entertaining.
How We Do Things (The Method to Movie Madness):
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Every month, we explore a theme. The movies chosen will all tie in to that theme in some way (although some are less obvious than others). Didn’t see your favorite movie yet? No worries! Popular themes might get more than one look. That said, if we’re missing something or if you have something to say, you can always leave a comment.
Bear in mind, this is a SPAM-free zone, but not a swear-free zone, though I will try to keep the colorful language to a minimum. It is also not a trigger-free zone and in a country with free speech, it is amusing that I even need to put that on this page. I want to let you know that if you are worried this site might trigger you, um…yeah, it might. Proceed with caution and don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Also bear in mind that psychology and mental illness bring out fierce opinions; please share responsibly and try not to be a douchebag.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor and therefore CANNOT diagnose anyone. Speculation on the diagnosis of a fictional character is very different than diagnosing a real person. Please do not utilize anything on this site as professional psychiatric treatment. That includes well-meaning opinions from site participants.
Thanks in advance to every last one of you nut-jobs for your consideration and continued support.
Let’s get crazy.