Major depression is classified under the category of a “mood disorder”. The two movie characters that I chose that I feel suffer from this disorder is “Frank” from “Little Miss Sunshine” and “April” from “Revolutionary Road”. There are many symptoms and characteristics that both of these characters share, but many differences as well.
Major depression is defined as an extreme depressed mood lasting at least 2 weeks with feelings of worthlessness and indecisiveness, disturbed physical functioning, and loss of pleasure and or interest in usual activities. Although single episode are not uncommon, recurrent episodes are more common. Symptoms of major depression can last up to six to eight months. About 1 in 5 people suffer from major depression disorder and females are twice as likely to have this disorder as males. Depression in general is shown to be brought on by stress, i.e. stressful life events and marital dissatisfaction. If left untreated, depression can lead to higher rates of suicide. About 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at their time of death and the risk of suicide in people with major depression is about 20 times that of the general population.
In the movie “Little Miss Sunshine”, the character “Frank” has recently lost his job, has gone through some relationship problems, and tried to commit suicide (his heavily bandaged wrists are seen frequently throughout the movie). The suicide attempt was made shortly before a trip his family was making and since he could not be left alone, he went on the trip with the family. It appears that his depression weighs heavily on his partner’s abandonment and he held his thoughts and feelings until it became too much to handle. In the beginning of the movie, Frank’s mood state seems to be extremely melancholy. Although we do not physically see Frank take any prescription medication throughout the movie, his mood does seem to improve as the movie...