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Silver Linings Playbook

Cast
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Julia Stiles, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham
Released
2012
lithium | Seroquel | quetiapine | Abilify | aripiprazole | trazodone | Xanax | alprazolam | Klonopin | clonazepam | 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine | ethyl alcohol | venlafaxine | Effexor
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#Sign: "Karel Psychiatric Facility" Scenes in the hospital. (0:00)

Pat tells his mother Dolores, "Danny was in for assault because of crystal meth and alcohol..."
"On top of an anxiety disorder."
"That's when... my ADD and my anxiety, I had a lot of acces to medication."
Pat: "He's obsessed..." (0:03)

Dolores: "You have to go to therapy."
Pat: "I don't want to go to therapy." (0:10)

Session with psychiatrist Dr. Patel. (0:11)

"I told them... plotting against me... It was a delusion..."
Patel: "Undiagnosed bipolar."
"Yeah, with mood swings... wierd thinking brought on by severe stress..." (0:14)

Dolores: "You have to take your medication..."
Pat's father: "Why don't you just take the medication?" He moves the remote controls on a table.
Pat: "That's OCD. That's crazy." (0:15)

A neighbor boy at the door asks Pat's father, "Can I do an interview for a school project on mental illness?" (0:16)

Session two with Dr. Patel. "Take your medication."
Pat: "And that's better than my medication." (0:21)

Widow Tiffany asks Pat, "What meds are you on?"
Pat: "None. I used to be on lithium and Seroquel and Abilify, but... They make me foggy, and they also make me bloated."
Tiffany: "Yeah. I was on Xanax and Effexor... I wasn't as sharp..."
Pat: "You ever take Klonopin?" Tiffany: "Konopin, yeah..."
Pat: "What day is it? How about trazodone?"
Tiffany: "Trazodone?"
Pat: "It flattens you out. I mean you are done. It takes the life right out of your eyes." (0:27)

Tiffany tells Pat she is "Old enough to have a marriage end and not wind up in a mental hospital." (0:30)

Dolores: "It's a medication problem...
Police officer Keogh: "We know all about the explosion at the psychiatrist's office." (0:34)

Close up of a capsule, and a tablet imprinted "Seroquel 100" (0:35)

Session three with Dr. Patel. Pat responds to his suggestion: "What are you... nuts?" (0:37)

Tiffany tells Pat, "I was very depressed after Tommy died."
She tells him her employer "sent me home and put me on some meds."
Pat: "So they put me on medication which I feel ashamed of." (0:44)

Tiffany: "You told your therapist that..."
Pats hallucinates the song played at his wedding." (0:49)

Pat's dad asks him, "Are you taking the proper dosage of your medication?"
Pat: "Am I taking the right dose?"
"You mean OCD superstitious time?" (0:53)

Pat tells Tiffany, referring to his wife Nikki, "She wanted me to... stop my mood swings." (0:58)

Pat's friend Ronnie tells him, referring to Tiffany, "She does a lot of therapy."
Pat: "I go to a lot of therapy..."
Ronnie: "It's like my therapy." (0:59)

Tiffany tells the story of Tommy's death: "I was depressed." (1:06)

A friend confirms that Pat just got out: "Yeah, from the loony bin." (1:22)

Pat encounters Dr. Patel at a football game with his face painted. He tells Pat, "Today I'm... not your therapist." (1:23)

Dr. Patel responds to a description of a betting practice: "That's very, very manic indeed." (1:32)

Pat tells Nikki, "I'm on medication now. I'm in therapy." (1:50)

Does the film really portray Pat as suffering from Bipolar Disorder? How would you diagnose him? Is Dr. Patel a psychologist or a psychiatrist? Do you like his approach to psychotherapy? What about his handling of boundaries?