5 movies about real health diseases

In movies it is common to see stories, fantastic, mysterious, funny and even surprising; However, many of his scripts are based on real life, touching the purest fibers of human life. Health problems have not escaped this issue, questioning and describing the situation of strange diseases, the patients’ feelings and the point of view of those who externally suffer the problem.

Next we invite you to know some of the movie4k examples taken to the big screen, informing you of the synopsis and the suffering that involves each one:

Caught dead (mentally ill)

This winning story of 5 Oscars presents Randle Patrick McMurphy (protagonist character of the story), who to avoid jail convinces the judge to be admitted to a psychiatric institution.

The story portrays what could be life inside a center for mentally ill, little by little are discovered situations in which patients play different roles in the group of inmates.  Some develop true psychiatric problems, while others base their biggest problem on depression and self-esteem.

The Spanish portal lavanguardia.es reported that 20% of adolescents globally have a mental health problem involving psychiatric behavior, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children (EMI) report.

A Bright Mind (Schizophrenia)

Life-based film by John F. Nash, a schizophrenic patient, who received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994 as  co-author of the game theory and participated in the World Congress of Psychiatry held in Madrid in 1996, offering a paper on Of his experience as a patient.

The film narrates Nash’s arrival at Princeton University in 1947 and the onset of the symptoms of schizophrenia in the late 1950s, so the film reflects the different stages and states he went through as a patient, Until achieving an acceptable level of recovery.

About 1 million Mexicans suffer from schizophrenia . Each year 250,000 people are hospitalized for mental disorders at the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) Psychiatric Hospitals, where 5 out of every 10 patients are schizophrenic, a disease that currently affects 1 in 100 people worldwide.

Bad Habits (Eating Disorders)

Although it is a Mexican film, the story raises a reflection of a world in which some wish to have the possibility to eat, while others waste or abhor this act. The film describes how anorexia and bulimia stopped being exclusive diseases of social classes or international catwalks , to become a situation that similarly  affects a nun, a mother of a family, a girl.

There is a big difference in the use of the term anorexia and anorexia nervosa. People commonly associate the two as the same. Although both terms denote a person’s loss of appetite; The term anorexia denotes the physical inability to detect hunger.  However, the term anorexia nervosa refers to a psychological state in which the individual distorts his or her view on appetite and eating habits appropriate to extreme measures of food deprivation.

The eyes of Julia (Blindness)

The story is about two twin sisters Julia and Sarah, both suffering from a degenerative disease that keeps them with progressive blindness.

Receiving no news from her sister Julia decides to go on her quest. When Sarah arrives at the place where she should be, she discovers that she has committed suicide; However, this is not enough for Julia who must not only face the loss of her sister but also the loss of all hope to stop her imminent blindness, since she suffers the same illness and seems to share her same fate.

Clinical signs of loss of vision include: blurred vision, complete blindness, eye pain with redness of the eye, feeling of seeing “flying flies” or “light rays”.

The timely detection is important so that the ophthalmologist can make a correct diagnosis and can carry out the necessary procedure to restore the problem.

Goodbye to the vegas (Alcoholism)

All a classic of the cinematography that shows the end of the alcoholism. A man who loses his job and goes to Las Vegas spending his last economic resources on alcohol. What makes this film a painful testimony, for those who have suffered this disease.

In the film, the classic scenes of an alcoholic drink are not presented as a sign of sophistication and status.

Goodbye to Las Vegas is not a movie against the consumption of alcohol, it is a heartbreaking and painful testimony, in which you can observe the reactions of the withdrawal syndrome, the mood swings of a person suffering from alcoholism and a tendency to self destruction.

There are actually many tests to diagnose alcoholism, usually in the form of standardized questionnaires that the patient can do on their own or in the form of an interview conducted by the physician. Because alcoholics often deny their problem or lie about it, tests are designed to elicit responses related to the problems associated with drinking, rather than the amounts of liquor consumed or specific drinking habits.

The quickest test takes only one minute; Is called the CAGE test, an acronym for the following questions: (C) (Cut) attempts to reduce drinking; (A) (Annoyance) annoyance with criticism about drinking; (G) guilt about drinking; And (E) (Eye-opener) alcohol use in the mornings, literally “eye opener”.