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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Law & Order:Criminal Intent deals with Mental Health
I have always found that there is one TV show that deals with Mental Health relatively well and that is Law & Order: Criminal Intent, particularly the character Detective Robert Goren played by Vincent d'Onofrio. Now it is widely known that I have a 'made for tv' crush on that particular character, but what has really caught my attention recently is his time spent in therapy. In the show they portray his mother as a schizophrenic and the Detective deals with depression/anger issues and the fears of the being alone/not able to manage a relationship.
Today I was watching a taped episode and at the end of the hour, Detective Goren meets with his therapist. The clip above is perfect and I feel like I could be in his chair, asking the same questions of my therapist "Am I capable of a relationship?? A family?" The therapist's response is classic therapy "Well, we could work towards that goal." I'm sorry, but not only is that an infuriating response, but WHAT THE FUCK DOES IT MEAN???? How does that help? It does not advance the therapy session at all. It is one of those moments in any type of therapist, patient relationships where you just want to scream at the top of your lungs. I am glad I was able to capture it, even badly with my iPhone. I am also glad that a tv show is demonstrating some of the frustrations of mental health in an honest way.