Maniac * Netflix showed a good show!

Well, this September has been fun! Binge-watched BoJack Horseman Season 5, all of Ozark Season 2 and found a new show to watch this weekend. Maniac!

So far, little is known about the heinous comedy drama miniseries “Maniac”, whose ten episodes will be released on Netflix on September 21st.

Oscar winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”, “Birdman”) acts along side a very thin looking  Jonah Hill (“Superbad”, “Wolf of Wall Street”) in a sci-fi adventure spanning multiple movie genders – from trashy white people to game night to Tolkien on acid. I wasn’t sure I was loving it until I pressed next and next and exclaiming OMG, it’s over! I want more!

The 10-episode show follows Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (super thin Jonah Hill), who meet in a psychiatric clinic during a three-day pharmaceutical trial for a drug that claims to repair “anything about the mind,” as described by the synopsis.

The doctors decided to create a computer powerful enough to replace therapy and capable of determining a psychiatric profile for the patients using cameras and a set of questions. Annie suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder and has a strong attachment to her mother and sister and Owen is Paranoid Schizophrenic with hallucinations appearing out of the sudden.

They’re both drawn to the claims of the trial and are assured that there are no side effects or complications from the treatment. Obviously, that does not end up being the case.

Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms

The symptoms of borderline personality disorder include: a recurring pattern of instability in relationships, efforts to avoid abandonment, identity disturbance, impulsivity, emotional instability, and chronic feelings of emptiness, among other symptoms.

The main feature of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a prevalent pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and emotions. People with borderline personality disorder are also usually very impulsive, oftentimes demonstrating self-injurious behaviours (e.g., risky sexual behaviours, cutting, or suicide attempts).

You might be given a diagnosis of BPD if you experience at least five of the following things, and they’ve lasted for a long time or have a big impact on your daily life:

  • You feel very worried about people abandoning you, and would do anything to stop that happening.
  • You have very intense emotions that last from a few hours to a few days and can change quickly (for example, from feeling very happy and confident to suddenly feeling low and sad).
  • You don’t have a strong sense of who you are, and it can change significantly depending on who you’re with.
  • You find it very hard to make and keep stable relationships.
  • You feel empty a lot of the time.
  • You act impulsively and do things that could harm you (such as binge eating, using drugs or driving dangerously).
  • You often self-harm or have suicidal feelings.
  • You have very intense feelings of anger, which are really difficult to control.
  • When very stressed, you may also experience paranoia or dissociation.

Everything in the world hurts more than it seems to for everyone else and any ‘thick skin’ [I am] supposed to have just isn’t there.

What is schizophrenia? could be diagnosed with schizophrenia if you experience some of the following symptoms:

  • a lack of interest in things
  • feeling disconnected from your feelings
  • difficulty concentrating
  • wanting to avoid people
  • hallucinations, such as hearing voices or seeing things others don’t
  • delusions (which could include paranoid delusions) – strong beliefs that others don’t share
  • disorganised thinking and speech
  • not wanting to look after yourself

Delusions and hallucinations are types of psychosis. (See our information on psychosis, paranoia and hearing voices.)

I have bizarre delusions which include psychic battles in which people around me can be perceived as either ‘good’ or ‘evil’. Sometimes I am in a different time zone or move between periods of history in different lives.

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