A Short Documentary on John Nash

For my digitally enhanced project for History of US Mental Health, I decided pretty early on that I wanted to create a short video documentary on my topic. Most of my sources for this project are videos, interviews, and documentaries surrounding John Forbes Nash Jr. (who is a pretty famous mathematician that suffered from schizophrenia) and it only felt fitting that I create a project that reflects my sources. Outside of that, I also wanted to do something that was a little outside of my comfort zone. I have never created a video of this magnitude before, however I have been working on the script and have been lining up images and clips I plant to use in the final project. My goal is to make a video documentary no more than fifteen minutes in length that provides a good historical overview and analysis of Nash’s life and his experiences with schizophrenia. I am planning to discuss his symptoms according to DSM-1 and DSM-5 standards, his time spent in various mental institutions, the medical treatments he went through (as well as his reasons for refusing medication), and the possibility of him having some other form of mental illness outside of schizophrenia according to modern-day psychologists. My goal is to have this project complete within the next week or so, and will be featured on this website. Depending on how things go, I plan to host the video through YouTube. If that doesn’t work out due to copyright reasons (such as the audio being muted or images being blocked) I may have to use some other platform. However it goes, the video will appear on this blog with a full transcript and list of citations.

A Short Documentary on John Nash

For my digitally enhanced project for History of US Mental Health, I decided pretty early on that I wanted to create a short video documentary on my topic. Most of my sources for this project are videos, interviews, and documentaries surrounding John Forbes Nash Jr. (who is a pretty famous mathematician that suffered from schizophrenia) and it only felt fitting that I create a project that reflects my sources. Outside of that, I also wanted to do something that was a little outside of my comfort zone. I have never created a video of this magnitude before, however I have been working on the script and have been lining up images and clips I plant to use in the final project. My goal is to make a video documentary no more than fifteen minutes in length that provides a good historical overview and analysis of Nash’s life and his experiences with schizophrenia. I am planning to discuss his symptoms according to DSM-1 and DSM-5 standards, his time spent in various mental institutions, the medical treatments he went through (as well as his reasons for refusing medication), and the possibility of him having some other form of mental illness outside of schizophrenia according to modern-day psychologists. My goal is to have this project complete within the next week or so, and will be featured on this website. Depending on how things go, I plan to host the video through YouTube. If that doesn’t work out due to copyright reasons (such as the audio being muted or images being blocked) I may have to use some other platform. However it goes, the video will appear on this blog with a full transcript and list of citations.

PTSD in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Digital Project

For my digital project, I plan on using WordPress to post the results of my research into how the treatment of PTSD has evolved from the Vietnam War to the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. I will investigate what factors contributed to the differences and similarities of PTSD as it is seen in veterans of these two eras. My project will utilize a variety of primary and secondary sources, such as memoirs from PTSD sufferers, books by those who have treated PTSD sufferers, scholarly articles, graphs, charts, and videos. I plan to have six sections of my project:

  • An explanation of what PTSD is in general
  • Thesis (to be determined) 
  • Experiences and treatment of Vietnam veterans with PTSD
  • Experiences and treatment of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans with PTSD
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography

Project Approach

“Madness is a lot like gravity; all it takes is one little push.” – The Joker

For my project, I am going to be analyzing how society can negatively influence a woman’s mental health. As a young woman myself, I am not blind to the different forms of oppression upon women; suggested body types, facial structures, status, etc., which is what drew me into the topic even further.

For my project, I will be analyzing the film Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman . The film follows the live of a ballerina and her struggles to becoming the perfect Swan Queen. As the film continues, you begin to see the main character slowly enter a darker state.

As for format; I believe I am aiming towards a Powerpoint, Google Slide, or an entirely new website dedicated to the project itself.

Post Civil War Trauma and Depravation as the Cause of Suicide in 19th Century America – Digital Essay

Week 8 – Due 10/14

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The types of enhancements I plan to use for my digital essay are:

Links to Wiki and Civil War sites to define terms, provide additional in-depth information, and furnish statistical data . Still images that were taken during and after the American Civil War, the work of Mathew Brady is good. Film scenes (probably You Tube) that depict Civil War battles and traumatic episodes. Links to relevant scholarly papers and primary source newspaper articles that help to clarify my thesis.

The above image is from the film Cold Mountain (released December 25, 2003). This movie is based on the 1997 book by Charles Frazier. The work was awarded the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. Below is the link to a short review that explains the screenwriters many dilemmas when trying to adapt the book into a cogent story.

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The Movie Clinical

I recently watched this movie with a friend and it made me realize how dangerous over-dramatization of mental illness, asylums, and treatment is. The movie is centered around a psychiatrist who goes insane herself after a traumatic experience with a patient. The movie really hones in on the stereotype of mentally ill people being inherently dangerous and cynical. Overall, I do not recommend it for its also just a bad movie in general. However, it is on Netflix if you are really inclined to watch it.

Mass Psychogenic Illness

This short video provides some background knowledge of the events leading up to the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692. When young women began to have “fits” and behaved strangely, Puritan doctors deemed that there was no medical reason for their ailments, so they must be under a witch’s possession. Their symptoms included seizures, hallucinations, pain where they would contort their bodies into weird positions, screaming and acts of rage, and even stillness where they would not move or flinch for extended periods of time. Panic ensued when these afflictions were spreading to other girls in the town as well. Mass hysteria, otherwise called mass conversion disorder or mass psychogenic illness today, seems like the most logical explanation for their afflictions.

If you would like to read more about the disorder and the symptoms, you can click here.

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