So I just watched the Lifetime movie #CallMeCrazy. I know…it was a Lifetime movie, but it was on and I was in a movie watching mode…sue me. Nonetheless, the description on the Info section grabbed my attention. I think especially now that I know I’m doing a residency in psychiatry, anything mental health tends to jump out at me. But anyway, it was described as a collection of short film stories on mental health. Mental health seems to be creeping in the movie industry especially with the release of “Silver Linings Playbook” earlier this year. Overall I think it was a good movie to watch- informative and something I would imagine that people dealing with mental health issues could definitely relate to–from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and PTSD–all very classic quintesential mental health disorders. Some aspects of it I felt were a little too clean for real life but I’d still suggest you watch it.
Two of the stories struck me –one portraying the sister of a schizophrenic and an Army soldier suffering from PTSD from military sexual assault. The first one about the sister was a great exposition on how mental illness affects a family. What was telling to me was how the scene opened up showing how all the doors in the home had been removed because of an incident that occurred between the schizophrenic girl and her sister. It was a great view into how crazy making living with a schizophrenic can be…even down to something like removing every door from its hinges. The piece on the soldier dealing with PTSD from military sexual assault was especially heart wrenching. First let me say Jennifer Hudson acted her butt off! Whew! There’s a scene in the movie where she was saying to her lawyer, “But it [her PTSD] isn’t combat related…Im not injured…” Her lawyer, played by Brittany Snow, responded by saying:
“People with mental illness fight battles everyday with scars no one can see.“
Soooooo real…..people with mental illness have wounds unseen by the eye….and just because they’re not seen doesn’t make them any less real, and frightening, and damaging.
As I write, the more I realize that the main thing that made this movie worth watching is that these are experiences that real people are facing. For someone watching it, one of those stories is their reality….and for that I’m glad that this movie was made. Theres nothing more liberating and redeeming like the validation of seeing your experiences talked about and acknowledged.
So check it out if you can. Enlighten yourself. You never know a person you interact with everyday could be fighting one of these battles. I encourage you to see past what’s visible to what may be invisible.
Oluchi aka DivaDoc