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Gardenstate - Janelle Jee Student ID 810584423 Psych Recitation Paper Depression vs Andrew Largeman In the 2004 film"Garden State directed by Zach

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Janelle Jee Student ID #: 810584423 Psych Recitation Paper Depression vs. Andrew Largeman In the 2004 film, "Garden State," directed by Zach Braff, the protagonist Andrew Largeman is alleged to be diagnosed with depression. Andrew has an interesting childhood that leads to a series of abnormalities of growing up. The movie depicts his adult life during/ after the sudden death of his mother. The unusualness of the event that occurred in his childhood leads him to become a very distant and unemotional human being. While it is believed that Andrew Largeman is a victim of depression, I do not believe that he actually was ever depressed. Rather than the traumatizing events being the root of his disconnection to the world, the medications he took became an enormous part of his life leaving him to be so disengaged. At the age of nine, Dr. Largeman, Andrew's father, blames him for being the cause of his mother's disability (and eventually her death). His mother before dying was a paraplegic supposedly caused by the young Andrew, who then dies after drowning in a bathtub. Ever since then, Dr. Largeman puts his son on all sorts of medications such as Lithium, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, and Depakote (Hadley, 2004), believing that he is depressed. This assortment of medications all dealt for the relief of depression, bi-polar disease, and seizures (Hadley,
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PSYC 1001 taught by Professor King,brett during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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Gardenstate - Janelle Jee Student ID 810584423 Psych Recitation Paper Depression vs Andrew Largeman In the 2004 film"Garden State directed by Zach

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