Clinical Diagnosis in Fight Club

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Clinical Diagnosis of Jack in Fight Club In the film Fight Club, Jack, the narrator, is introduced as a troubled individual who is suffering from insomnia, while seeming commonly bored with his white-collar job. This serious disorder causes him severe sleeplessness, and he describes it as never really being awake, while never really being asleep. He also explains that nothing feels real when you have insomnia. His diagnosis of the disorder is made clear in the film, but the doctor he sees will not give him a prescription. He instead turns to support groups in order to see “what pain really is.” After going to these support groups, Jack is finally able to sleep, after relieving his emotions by crying to the other members. Jack’s second diagnosis would be Dissociative Identity Disorder, which is also known as having multiple personalities. Possible symptoms of this disorder include exhibiting two or more distinct and altering personalities, which Jack does. The attitudes and beliefs of the two personalities of the individual are not similar to each other; they could even be opposites, and they have their own voices and mannerisms. Typically, the host personality denies the awareness of another, which can have its own unmemorable authority and control over the individual’s behaviors. Other symptoms include the loss of time, depersonalization, sudden anger, anxiety attacks, mood swings, depression, hallucinations, phobias, traumatic flashbacks, suicidal tendencies, sleep disorders, and memory lapses, according to www.webmd.com. These symptoms arise from dissociation, which is separation from reality. Jack experiences many of these symptoms, such as the sleep disorder of insomnia, experiencing the hallucination of his alter, loss of time, extreme bursts of anger, depression, memory lapses, and even dramatic mood swings from time to time.
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