1 Franki Levenson-Campanale AP Psychology Walker 6-7 B 1/3/11
Axis 1 Clinical Syndromes
Obsession: The Grinch primarily displays this when he is obsessing over the Whos and obsessing over causing them pain. He obsesses over different ways to make them unhappy and this takes up a majority of his time. Bipolar Disorder: This is classified as a disorder in which a person experiences depression and mania. The Grinch demonstrates his first depressive bout when he first runs away and finds his cave on Mt. Crumpit. The first maniacal bout we see is when the Grinch gets the idea of stealing the Who’s Christmas tree in the center of town. The majority of the time in the movie, he is depressed, however, the Grinch does have is maniacal moments. This is what classifies him as a Manic-Depressive or as having Bipolar Disorder. Panic Disorder: The Grinch demonstrates this when he has his panic attacks associated with going down to Whoville and seeing the Whos for the first time in a long time. He has several panic attacks about different things that are unrelated to each other. Kleptomania: Everywhere the Grinch goes, he seems to want to take something. This doesn’t classify him as a kleptomaniac. What does is that he follows through on it and DOES steal things really with out thinking about it. Pyromania: Pyromania is a fixation with creating and watching fire. The Grinch displays this mostly when, after the Whos have given him an award, he sets the tree on fire and enjoys it. He cackles and maniacally laughs as he flees to his cave on Mt. Crumpit.
Axis 3 General Medical Conditions
Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease: Cyanotic having to do with an oxygen deficiency and congenital meaning had at birth. hears the voices in their mind. the one that does all of the worrying.2
Axis 2 Personality Disorders and Mental Retardations
Schizophrenia: The Grinch demonstrates this disorder. an overly dramatic side. He has a somewhat sensitive side. This would also have to mean that the entirety of the movie is based on the Grinch’s perspective. unexplainable phobias. Another sign that he has this is when he’s talking in his cave and waiting for what he says to bounce off of the walls and something different than what he says is heard. The Grinch demonstrates this first and foremost because his heart is “3 sizes too small”. paranoia. like when he’s debating about going to Whoville to accept the award and an anxious side. his dog. the personalities are different. which I believe it is. Sadomasochist: A “sadomasochist” is one who enjoys inflicting on oneself and upon others. and distortion or loss of subjective time. memory loss. Crumpit. mostly. In order to have DID one must: have multiple personalities. The Grinch demonstrates this when he tries to take away Christmas and takes pleasure from the sadness of the Whos and when he self medicates to try to make himself pass out. no one really acknowledges Max and typically in Schizophrenia. depression. lack of intimacy and personal connections. by Max. comorbidity (multiple disorders and diseases). I believe. some drastically different than others. where altitudes have
. Another sign of this disease is that the Grinch has abrupt personality shifts. This may only be a part of a bigger problem of being a sociopath. the one that was nice to Cindy Lou Who. demonstrated all through out the movie. unexplainable headaches and body pains. All of these things the Grinch displays at one time or another. Throughout the movie. He also probably has the Cyanotic variety because he lives on Mt. flashbacks of abuse and trauma. mannerisms and beliefs that often conflict. Max is a polar opposite to the Grinch’s “normal” personality. Dissociative Personality Disorder (DID): This goes further into the Grinch’s different personalities.
could be the cause of his green skin/fur/hair. As he started school. because the Grinch isn’t human. He then ran away and took solace in a cave on Mount Crumpit. they laughed at and scorned him. This manifested itself in shaving. Another affect of this disease is that it gives human skin a bluish tint.” because I have rated him 1 through 10.
. It would be VERY wise to put the Grinch into at very least. he developed a crush on Martha Mae and because he knew that socially he was awkward looking and acting. I would rate him about an 11 or 12. dressing nicely. His final transforming act was making a present for Martha Mae. In grade school.
Axis 5 Global Assessment of Functioning
I would in the beginning of the movie. This was a severe change in his environment from a low to high altitude (lacking oxygen) and from light to almost complete darkness.
Axis 4 Psychosocial and Environmental Problems
As a child. to fit in and being nicer. Upon first entering Whoville on Christmas Eve.3 thinner air and therefore less oxygen. which. and when he presented his transformation to his classmates. Towards the end of the movie. the Grinch was raised by two middle aged women. give the Grinch about a 7. found him and decided to care for him. counseling. because he can have interactions. The Grinch’s prolonged stay in Whoville allows him to get the oxygen that his brain needs and somewhat clears up this disease. This gives his upbringing a slightly different flare than all of the other Whos in Whoville.g. the Grinch as a baby was left out in the cold for hours before the two middle aged women who assumed a care taking position. then hospitalization for a time. This already gives the Grinch abandonment issues (according to Freud) and will affect him for the rest of his life.. recurrent violence) OR persistent inability to maintain minimal personal hygiene OR serious suicidal act with clear expectation of death. he was teased for being “the weird one” and for his looks. however we don’t really see the extent to which he is interacting with others. which on the Global Assessment means “Persistent danger of severely hurting self or others (e. to become less hairy. he attempted to change himself for her. if not.