Running head: SOCIAL WORK-PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY1Social Work - Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology Final PaperName:Institutional Affiliation:
SOCIAL WORK - PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY 2Social Work - Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology Final PaperPart I: AUTISM in What's Eating Gilbert GrapeWhat's Eating Gilbert Grapeis a 1993 drama film starring Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio as Gilbert and Arnie Grape respectively. The film incorporates some issues such as autism, obesity, grief, and family dysfunction. In the opening of the film, the audience is introduced to the Grape family through Gilbert's narration as the second eldest son. From the narration, the audience gets to know that Gilbert is the caretaker of a family of five (Hallström, 1993). He is a grocery store clerk. His eldest sister Amy was laid off from her job in an elementary school while his youngest teenage sister, Ellen works at a local ice cream shop. The three take care of their autistic brother Arnie and obese mother who has never stepped out of their house for close to two years. Written by Peter Hedges, the film was well received with Leonardo DiCaprio who played Arnie receiving his first Academy Award nomination. The film provides a contextual understanding of autism and how it affects Arnie and those around him.Arnie Grape is a 17-year-old Caucasian male. In the film, he is said to be close to turning 18 years. Due to his autistic condition, he does not attend school and therefore spends more time with his brother Gilbert. From the film's narration, it is understood that the doctors ruled that Arnie would be lucky to surpass the 10-year-old mark. The doctors predicted that he would die any time soon after reaching 10 years old. He has repetitive speech. In the movie, he seems to listen but turns around and continues to do things he was doing erstwhile over and over again. Many at times he enjoys putting himself in dangerous situations unknowingly. A good example ishis usual climbing up and down the water tower in town and dangling from the side of the ladderwhile drawing humor from the whole event not understanding how precarious such as an act is.
SOCIAL WORK - PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY 3He is very friendly in his neighborhood but does not have many friends due to his ineffective communication skills. He is temperamental where he gets hurt a lot as he does not comprehend what others try to tell him whenever they initiate any form of engagements. In the film, Arnie is portrayed as fearful of the house basement as he believes his deceased father lives there. He has habitual hand movements and cups his mouth with his palm whenever he finds himself in any uncomfortable scenario. His eyes blink and twitch very often. Arnie is also portrayed as incapable of doing basic things such as taking a bath. Mostly whenever upset he hurts himself bybanging his head against the wall.