Californians likely know who Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and M. Night Shyamalan are, and may be interested in going to see their new movie "Silver Linings Playbook," out in theatres now. It's a portrayal of two comrades who bond over having been in psychiatric hospitals for their mental conditions. The new movie provides a rare forum for the general public to relate to and possibly better understand some version of what it's like to live with a mental illness.
The very fact that there is a film out there with two of Hollywood's hottest stars set to the backdrop of normal life and real life issues might be a sign as to the way the media is coming to view mental illness and various mental conditions. Robert DeNiro, for instance, plays Bradley Cooper's father in the movie; reportedly a man with a need to be meticulous in his routines and fears showcases the different levels and effects of a certain personality.
While this is certainly not the first picture to focus on a person who is mentally disabled and cast with a superstar, it does appear to possibly have its own flavor and take on how subtly some of the mental conditions can show up. As more and more people learn about concussions and types of brain injuries, studies move forward regarding the overall effects and depth of mental illnesses, explaining more about them regardless of how they come about.
While not every mental condition comes from an accident, the multitude of ways that they cause a person to be unable to live their life as they would were they unaffected is continuing to be researched. California residents who are dealing with the difficult financial burden of caring for or living with a mental condition may want to learn about their options as they pertain to Social Security benefits for mental disabilities. Working with an experienced lawyer might help them as they go through an application or appeal process in order to receive the program's support.
Source: The Atlantic, "'Silver Linings Playbook': A Clear-Headed Comedy About Mental Illness," Christopher Orr, Nov. 16, 2012