10 Must See Movies About Mental Illness

Heres a great list of movies to check out which are about mental illness.

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Movies that depict mental illness accurately educate and help fight stigma. They can also help undiagnosed individuals know what they are dealing with, while letting those diagnosed know that they are not alone.

Have you seen any of these films? I tried not to include too many well-known movies that most of us have seen, such as Girl, Interrupted (which is a great movie and book). Be sure to let me know of your favorite film below!

1. Sea of Trees

Sea of Trees is about a grieving man (played by Matthew McConaughey) who goes to the famous suicide forest to end his life. Instead, he finds the will to live. This movie is definitely sad, but it’s well-done and ends on a positive note.

Topics: Depression, Suicide

2. What About Bob?

What About Bob? is about a man (played by Bill Murray) with obsessive-compulsive disorder who drives his psychotherapist…

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Author: manyofus1980

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

4 thoughts on “10 Must See Movies About Mental Illness”

  1. I have seen some of these. I think that with What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, the topic of shame and shame about your family etc. was a very big theme that is not mentioned in the review at all. Gilbert has so much going on, with an autistic younger sibling and profoundly obese mother and other issues like poverty and sleeping with someone else’s wife etc. that shame seems really clear to me in his dealings with the world. It was part of what I found valuable about the film.


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