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#333589 - 06/12/10 05:03 PM Movies Which Cause Anxiety
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I have elsewhere listed a bunch of movies which I maintained had promoted psychological healing in me.

There is another kind of movie which moves me in the opposite direction. And I'm not talking about porn here but seemingly normal movies which trigger deep-seated anxieties or fears in me. Some of them are otherwise thought to be children's movies or otherwise harmless movies.

First on my list is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Both the old and the new versions. Here a boy, about 12, is taken into the chocolate factory with other children. Then all kinds of nefarious things happen to the children. They never emerge as the children that went in. Well, this idea filled me with anxiety. The idea was to be taken into a strange house where strange things are done to children and where most of them never come out as they were. Do you get it?

Another one was Sleepy Hollow. Here, the effect on me happened subconsciously. I watched the movie with some interest, not being overly serious about it. But then POW! The next morning I awaken with all these paranoid fears. I feel like I'm paralyzed. Got it?

Then there's the matter of Alice In Wonderland. When I was a boy the TV version of this filled me with anxiety. Here again was a girl who was thrust into situations beyond her own control. She was subjected to all kinds of weird trials and put under the control of nefarious and wicked rulers. Things in her life became hopelessly unpredictable.

There are others but that's all I have time for now.

Allen

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#333622 - 06/13/10 03:06 AM Re: Movies Which Cause Anxiety [Re: pufferfish]
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Like you, Pufferfish, I experience severe anxiety and bad feelings with certain movies and such. Sometimes, I am ashamed to admit this, but I can not help it. For me, I experience feelings of triggers so I try and protect myself by trying not to watch many movies. I am very selective what I do outside of my professional life.


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#333629 - 06/13/10 09:30 AM Re: Movies Which Cause Anxiety [Re: Kiev]
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I had to walk out on sling blade, never got past the first half hour

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#333677 - 06/13/10 08:53 PM Re: Movies Which Cause Anxiety [Re: kidneythis]
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory did it for me,too. I was not a kid when it came out (yeah, I'm old), but I did see it on TV - well ,portions of it since it creeped me out. There is an ad on TV here in Seattle about some electronic product and it has the song from the movie as the soundtrack...."remember when you were five years old and you had dreams?" YES, I DO remember when I was 5, but everything became hopelessly ruined by a neighbor....


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#334207 - 06/20/10 03:21 AM Re: Movies Which Cause Anxiety [Re: alan55]
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I struggle with the Transformers movie. Certain parts really trigger me.


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#338256 - 08/13/10 03:40 PM Re: Movies Which Cause Anxiety [Re: Kiev]
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Allen,
I just watched "The Sixth Sense". Again, it made me really check "what is real?" (but not on an intellectual level). I saw it years back, and was thrown similarly then. I wonder how others have been affected by it. Considering quite a few wrestle with DID, and considering this movie's affect on me, I was wondering if I have it too. THAT's why this movie is a real shocker for me.

Alfred



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#338261 - 08/13/10 05:41 PM Re: Movies Which Cause Anxiety [Re: fhorns]
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I watched Misery again recently. Though not quite as wacko as the psychotic Annie Wilkes, my mother was also both caretaker and abuser in one, so it sure set up some broken dynamics.



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#338322 - 08/14/10 07:27 PM Re: Movies Which Cause Anxiety [Re: fhorns]
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Originally Posted By: fhorns
Allen,
I just watched "The Sixth Sense". Again,

Considering quite a few wrestle with DID, and considering this movie's affect on me, I was wondering if I have it too.


Alfred

I guess a lot of guys here have a "light-to-medium" case of DID. The light cases are sometimes hard to spot. I guess I had a light-to-medium case and I quit my DID specialist before he actually pronounced that I was "free".

I guess I had a group of symptoms related to DID. I had (and still have somewhat) the depersonalization disorder. I think this comes to kids who get tortured and they lose their sense of identity. Then they keep looking for themselves. That sounds odd but I have sure done it a lot. Also I have had the symptom of "looking" for the kids who abused me. I used to hear of Robbie Brown having that syndrome. Others have a derealization disorder. I see that occasionally in guys here in MS.

Depersonalization Disorder
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depersonalization_disorder

Derealization Disorder
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derealization


I read the book: The Fractured Mind, by Robert Oxnam. He ended the book with having 3 alters-personalities incompletely unified. Presumably he kept on working on it.

I'm not sure whether Sixth Sense is supposed to be based on a real story or not. It sure is spooky. I remember feeling so worried about that boy, as to whether his fears would be justified or not.

Sometimes I have thought I could tell that certain things were going to happen. Frequently in traffic I can sense when someone wants to change lanes even before they signal. Of course maybe I'm reading some tiny movement of his wheel or something.

DID books are sometimes hard to read because DID is such a wide spectrum of things in different people. It's not too common to have the "classic" form of DID in which there is a change in alters(personalities) with amnesia between them.

Allen





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#338383 - 08/15/10 10:12 PM Re: Movies Which Cause Anxiety [Re: pufferfish]
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I watched White Squall last night. It triggered me very severly. I had to stop watching it. I needed to go out for a drive to settle down. I watched it before several years ago, before I came out of denial about my CSA. It certainly didn't affect me negatively when I watched back then.

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#338433 - 08/16/10 04:50 PM Re: Movies Which Cause Anxiety [Re: pufferfish]
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"It's not too common to have the "classic" form of DID in which there is a change in alters(personalities) with amnesia between them."

To even meet the criteria of having a dissociative identity disorder or Multiple Personality Disorder as it was formerly called, one MUST have amnesia between the states of being (personalities).

Therefore if it wasn't or isn't common to have the alters (personalities) switch WITHIOUT the amensia between the personalities, then it would be impossible to be dissocative idientities in the first place, and so on Allen. Just my 2 cents worth.


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