Symptom Media

Laney’s Eighteenth

Exploring Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder

Above is a sample clip from short training title entitled Laney’s Eighteenth. The full version of Laney’s Eighteenth, Running Time of 11 Minutes 47 Seconds is included in the Symptom Media training library.

In Laney’s Eighteenth the particular symptoms most associated with Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder are covered in context with an adolescent patient’s eighteenth birthday, the legal implications, and the relationships between the patient and therapist, patient and mother, and mother and therapist. Also approached are the possible consequences of homelessness among adolescents suffering from mental disorders.

In dealing with these complex and emotionally charged situations, Laney’s brings the audience into Laney’s private space, her mind, and the confidence of a group therapy session. Throughout the film, audiences are presented with hints to the family’s history, the patient-doctor relationship, and stylistic glimpses into the possibility of future homelessness. These layers of subtext further the story far beyond the twelve minutes of screen time. All aspects of Laney’s Eighteenth are left deliberately open, each scene standing as a platform upon which discussion, interpretation, and a multitude of “what ifs” can be built.

Possible discussion topics from Laney’s Eighteenth include:

  • Social Dynamics
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • (between patients, families, caregivers, friends, bystanders, first responders)
  • Legal issues and ramifications
  • Behavior and body language
  • Conflict/Resolution situations
  • Medical and Psychiatric symptoms
  • Professional procedure
  • Possible patient outcomes
  • Possible solutions or course of action

In addition to the more psychiatry-centered examinations, students can also frame discussions through:

  • Self-reflection
  • Story critiques
  • Narrative subtext
  • Character subtext
  • Backstory
  • Point of view
    (whose are we following, what is each character’s, where does it stem from, what impact does it have on their actions)
  • Artistic content
  • Accuracy of portrayals
  • Legitimacy of the story itself

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