How “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” Handles Mental Health
Although neither the
movie directed by Richard Linklater nor
the novel by Maria Semple give Bernadette a diagnosis, both give hints about her mental health. Throughout the movie, Bernadette mentions having anxiety, insomnia, and
panic attacks, and in the book, she also describes past
suicidal ideation. In both the book and the movie, we learn she has a prescription for
Xanax (used to treat anxiety and
panic disorders), and in the movie, we see other unidentified pills. The book gets more specific: along with Xanax, Bernadette has prescriptions for Klonopin (used to treat anxiety and panic disorders), Ambien and Halcion (both used to treat
insomnia), and trazodone (used to treat
depression).