By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT
Note to Twilight fans: This is meant in good fun. I hope it will be taken as such. I love Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, for example, but have no problem poking a little fun at them. For more of my articles, like my Facebook page!
Having received a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology and a master's in marriage and family therapy, I received excellent training to spend my days helping persons struggling with mental illness. As you can imagine, the stresses of cognitive and personality disorders often put serious strain on relationships. Although reviewing movies is merely a hobby of mine, sometimes my two worlds bleed together. In other words, I can't help but diagnose as I watch.
It's no secret that the love triangle of Bella, Edward, and Jacob is fraught with dysfunction. What has yet to be considered, as far as I've seen, is the possibility that all of their “drama” might be the result of undiagnosed mental problems. In providing diagnoses for these fictional characters, I mean no disrespect to the real-life persons who struggle with these, and other, mental health issues. They are persons of worth and complexity whose unique personalities cannot be defined by a simple diagnosis. They deserve respect and compassion, not judgment. The “Twilight Trio,” on the other hand, are fair game.
Note: When I mention a “provisional” diagnoses, I mean that there's not enough evidence to support a full-blown diagnosis of the disorder, but enough of the traits are present that the I would want to keep an eye out for the other symptoms. All diagnoses are from the DSM-IV-TR (the clinician's guide to mental disorders).