Schizophrenia in Film : Fiction and Reality | Medical Cultures

The FEU is pleased to continue the “Medical Cultures” cycle, organized this year in collaboration with Laurie-Anne Claude (psychiatric intern and Harriet Hale Woolley scholar). Dr. Marine Raimbaud, psychiatrist at Sainte Anne’s Hospital, will speak on the theme of psychiatry and the often biased interpretation of it by the cinema. Are you sure that the image you have of schizophrenia is close to reality? The media and the cinema have indeed presented a distorted vision of the illness for decades. Violence, dangerousness, split personality, it’s none of that. Marine Raimbaud, psychiatrist and cinematographer, proposes to enlighten us on the reality of the disease. From “Dr. Caligari’s Office” to “Shutter Island”, via “Repulsion”, she presents a selection of excerpts from feature films to untangle the true from the false. You will discover the symptoms of this disease and its consequences: the suffering and exclusion that patients suffer and the courage they show. Excerpts from the following films will be presented by Dr. Raimbaud, feel free to watch them again if you wish: An Exceptional Man, The Soloist, Bug, Take shelter, Spider, Clean Shaven, Shine, Repulsion or Irrefutable Evidence.

Marine Raimbaud, a psychiatrist at Sainte Anne Hospital, treats patients with psychiatric disorders, particularly schizophrenia, on a daily basis. Early in her practice she was marked by the clichés, widely spread in society, and their harmful influence on patients with schizophrenic disorders. Passionate about cinema, it was naturally through this medium that she decided to analyze this phenomenon. This is how she wrote a medical thesis entitled “From cinema to hospital: a study of representations of schizophrenia”. In charge of a psychoeducation program on psychotic disorders, she works on internalized stigmatization, empowerment and empowerment with patients. With a view to transmission, she now uses her cinematic expertise to de-stigmatize the pathology among the general public, a stigma which, as a source of daily suffering for patients, is also a hindrance to their treatment.

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