'Black Swan': Psychiatrists Diagnose Ballerina's Descent

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But could Natalie Portman's character have carried off the demanding ballet performance in a psychotic state? Doctors say it would have been "unlikely."

"Psychosis usually interferes with a person's ability to function," said psychiatrist Lamberti. "However, artists and musicians have been known to perform despite the presence of psychosis. For a dancer who is trained to cope with pain and other distractions, it might be possible to perform in a psychotic state depending on the severity of the psychosis.".

"It may be possible for them to cope to an extent at a pretty high level, but it's not typical," he said. "Still, human resilience is remarkable."

For more information on OCD and anxiety disorders, go to the OCD Foundation or Anxiety Disorder Association of America.

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