Sybil Movie Review 1976~Some insights to personality disorder and treatment
What to say about Sybil?
There's a lot to say about this movie. But most of all it was strange. The events that led up to Sybil's multiple personality disorder and the treatment were not pleasant, but I had to see it as I'd heard so much about it, it's one of those movies you have to see like Psycho or the Exorcist.
During the movie from middle towards the end, I kept saying to myself, "Hurry up and end!" Everyone gets the gist of the movie, that this young woman begins seeing a psychiatrist, not one who prescribes medication, but an analytical one who provides talk therapy and even hypnotism. This doctor, a woman, learns of about a dozen personalities in Sybil which have developed to "keep her together".
Dr. Warren learns through these personalities that Sybil had an extremely torturous and abusive childhood, something I don't think any of us would wish on anyone. Through a "long" time of therapy, a 'miracle' happens and Sybil is cured. I was worried about the ending because a friend said, "Ha, I won't tell you the end." Well, this worried me, as I am hoping to see a good result of all this therapy, and over 2 hours of watching it to say the least!! I was imagining a horrible, bloody ending, but it is not. Thank goodness :)
Friends over the years told me this movie was frightening, scary, and of course it is a drama. Yes, the movie has dramatic music, and shows mean things happening to a girl, but the main focus is on the therapy between the patient, Sybil, and Dr. Warren.
I would reccommend this to anyone in psychiatry, or any patient, for it really proves how psychotherapy can solve a "mental illness" and how medications, according to Dr. Peter Breggin, renowned psychiatrist, are in fact a last resort, or should be.
This movie is very educational to those sick and those not. It is a true story and beautifully acted out by Sally Field~such an amazing performance that I've never seen before~true talent and hard work that won her an Emmy.
This movie is a great insight to the mental health field and how doctors used to care and now just give out pills. It shows the endurance and willingness of the patient and the kindness and endurance and love of the doctor which = the perfect recipe for wellness. Sybil is happy now, the end of the movie says. It's been 34 years since it came out in 1976. 4 stars for excellent.