Mental Illness - or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Madness

I have come to acknowledge and accept my mental illness for some time now. For the most part I have been able to manage my condition by strengthening my social networks, practising mindfulness, using psychotherapy and sticking to a protocol of medication. However, my affliction has had a major impact on my life and will continue to do so until the day I die.

So naturally I have a mixed relationship towards depictions of psychopathology in movies. Films seem to portray it in one of three ways. Firsrly, a good deal of realism might be used in an attempt to honestly and accurately explore mental health. Secondly, the actions and words of characters with mental health issues are heightened for…

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • Melancholia
  • Shutter Island
  • The Snake Pit
  • Shine
  • Repulsion
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Infinitely Polar Bear
  • The Hours
  • What About Bob?
  • The Skeleton Twins
  • I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Inside Out
  • Awakenings
  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Mercury Rising
  • Welcome to Me
  • Spider
  • Szamanka
  • The Ninth Configuration
  • Black Swan
  • Frank
  • Mary and Max
  • Prozac Nation
  • Side Effects
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Birdman
  • Nightcrawler
  • Taxi Driver
  • Through a Glass Darkly
  • Clean, Shaven
  • The Other Side of the Underneath
  • The Shout
  • The Mansion of Madness
  • Shock Corridor
  • Donnie Darko
  • The Aviator
  • The King's Speech
  • Take Shelter
  • The Babadook
  • Ordinary People
  • Shame
  • Fight Club
  • As Good as It Gets
  • Oslo, August 31st
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Half Nelson
  • May
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • The Lost Weekend
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Dark Water
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • Vertigo
  • American Psycho
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Cashback
  • Bad Boy Bubby
  • Identity
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • A Minor Leap Down
  • A Walk in the Fog
  • Shallow Yellow Sky
  • Antichrist
  • Blue Valentine
  • Memento
  • The Soloist
  • Sideways
  • Anomalisa
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • The Machinist
  • Notes on a Scandal
  • Don't Say a Word
  • Clean and Sober
  • Pi
  • Perfect Blue
  • Magnolia
  • The Voices
  • Captain Newman, M.D.
  • Like Stars on Earth
  • Love & Mercy
  • Strange Circus
  • Tarnation
  • Swiss Army Man
  • Blue Jasmine
  • The Railway Man
  • A Single Man
  • Romulus, My Father
  • About a Boy
  • 28 Days
  • The Lovers on the Bridge
  • Benny & Joon
  • The Red Shoes
  • Black Narcissus