7 Movies About Mental Health

Written by Pliro
Dec 26, 2016 Last updated: Jan 11, 2017

The number of movies dealing with psychological health issues are increasing more than ever before. Therefore, huge steps are taking place in the media to help end the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. In this way, it provides mental patients with a source of comfort and others with an insight to the hardships and problems that they face. Below are 7 movies about mental health disorders, that depict the causes and effects of what such individuals go through:

1. Girl,Interrupted [Anti-Social Personality Disorder]

The films stars two young women who have been admitted to a mental hospital, named Calymoore, in the 1960s. Claymoore is a private mental hospital full of noisy, crazy people all admitted to treat their mental disorders. The women are portrayed beautifully by Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder.

2. Rain man [Autism]

This 1988 movie tells the story of a man, Raymond, living with autism. His long-lost brother Charlie starts to live with him. Raymond’s characteristics throughout the film accurately depict the habits and behavioral patterns of an autistic person. Thus, their road trip across the country proves to be life changing as the brothers get to know each other.

3. Misery [Bipolar Disorder]

A famous novelist, Paul Sheldon, is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his, who is a former nurse named Annie Wilkes. He realizes that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

4. Wristcutters: A Love Story [Depression]

Wristcutters is one of the most dynamic movies about mental health. It is set in an afterlife consisting of a high-desert landscape. This landscape is dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. All these things have been reserved for people who have committed suicide. Thus, it is an interesting concept that has not been explored very often.

5. A Beautiful Mind [Schizophrenia]

This movie was based on the true story of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a mathematical savant. Nash suffered from schizophrenia. The movie shows the challenges that he faced, including paranoia and delusions, that altered his career and life.

6. The Skeleton Twins [Depression]

The film depicts brother and sister, Milo and Maggie, who both try to attempt suicide. When Milo’s attempt lands him in the hospital, it reunites the siblings back together after 10 years of being apart. Therefore, this movie showcases the depression of both these characters. It is shown in a way that is both, candid and humorous as they learn to accept each other and themselves.

7. Shutter Island [Bipolar Disorder]

The movie is based on a U.S. marshal, Teddy Daniels, who is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Mental Hospital. When a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, Teddy begins to doubt everything – his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.