Movies About Mental Illness
Millions of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness each year, and movies can be an excellent tool to learn more. Though some may view movies about these conditions purely as entertainment, they also help raise awareness and motivate those affected by them or their loved ones to seek treatment.
While many movies about mental illness are inaccurate, there are still some that accurately depict the condition and its impact. Some are more accurate than others, but all are worth watching to gain a better insight into mental illness itself and how it impacts those affected by it.
One of the greatest movies about mental illness, Silver Linings Playbook is an inspiring story that revolves around two disorders: unnamed and bipolar. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as its central characters who have both been diagnosed with these conditions yet still strive to lead normal lives.
James Mangold’s psychological drama Girl, Interrupted, based on Susanna Kaysen’s memoirs, follows Kaysen (Winona Ryder) after she attempts suicide and ends up at Calymoore Psychiatric Hospital. There she meets several patients suffering from mental illnesses like schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder; particularly Lisa Rowe (Angelina Jolie), a sociopathic yet likeable woman.