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My friend Katie had an obsession with the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and there was an episode in the 6th Season called “Normal Again” where Buffy wakes up in a mental institution. And she hates this episode to the point where she won’t watch it.

Anyway, for my Psychology paper I wrote about that episode and schizophrenia, since that is what she is supposed to have. Now I got the paper back today and I got a 100 on it. And I’m so happy!

The conclusion of the paper would make Katie extremely happy. The conclusion is not that Buffy is delusional and believes she is The Slayer; it is that she is the Slayer and the delusion is that she is in the mental institution so that she can get away from her responsibilities.

Most proud of this paper. Note: Only the opening is posted.

Delusions of Grandeur:

Schizophrenia in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Kate Devine

In one episode in the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy is attacked by a demon and wakes up to find herself in a mental institution. Throughout this episode, “Normal Again,” Buffy flashes between the reality where she is the patient in the mental institution and has been there in a coma for six years, and her daily existence in Sunnydale as the Slayer and guardian of her younger sister. As the episode progresses and her flashes get worse, she questions if she really is The Slayer or if she is a patient in a mental institution and just a normal person. In one mental institution flash, the audience is informed that Buffy has undifferentiated schizophrenia. Knowing that movies and television shows often mix-up or misname disorders, this gives reason for further research. With schizophrenia as a starting point, the following questions can be asked:

1. What is schizophrenia?

2. What are the causes of schizophrenia?

3.  Does Buffy have schizophrenia or another disorder?

From the script of “Normal Again,” and some basic background knowledge on the character of Buffy, as well as the analysis of professionals and interviews of people with schizophrenia, these questions can be answered.

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