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'Silver Linings Playbook' OK on Mental Illness?

No Laughing Matter continued...

However, when asked if this is a movie that clinicians should recommend to patients with mental illness and their families, Blumenfield said "no."

"It's a movie. And you have to enjoy it as just that. If I were to recommend this to my patients, I would be telling them, 'This is you. See how it worked out?' And I don't think I could do that. To recommend it is to say that this is a typical person with bipolar," he said.

"Somebody with bipolar may identify with it, and that's OK. And if someone in therapy has already seen this movie and has particular reactions to it, I think it's great to talk with them about it."

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