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Psychiatr Danub. 2015 Sep;27 Suppl 1:S136-42.

Cinematherapy and film as an educational tool in undergraduate psychiatry teaching: a case report and review of the literature.

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Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research in association with Cambridge University, Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK.


Film possesses an extraordinary power and offers an unrivalled medium for entertainment and escapism. There are many films that revolve around a mental illness theme and the medical specialty that most commonly features in motion picture is psychiatry. Over the last few decades films have become increasingly used as an educational tool in the teaching of psychiatry topics such as mental state examination to undergraduate students. Above and beyond its utility in pedagogy, film also has the power to heal and the term cinematherapy has been coined to reflect this. Indeed, there are case studies of people with first-hand experience of psychopathology who report that watching films with a mental illness theme has contributed to their recovery. We provide a first person narrative from an individual with schizophrenia in which he expounds on the concepts of cinematherpy and metaphorical imagery in films which theme on psychosis.

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