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…

  • The Apartment
  • Splendor in the Grass
  • Mommy
  • What Happened, Miss Simone?
  • Paris, Texas
  • The End of the Tour
  • They Look Like People
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • The Night Porter
  • Everything is Illuminated
  • The Woodsman
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Garden State
  • Hamlet
  • Beware the Slenderman
  • One Hour Photo
  • Candy
  • August: Osage County
  • Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy
  • Observe and Report
  • Keane
  • Our Brand Is Crisis
  • Fathers and Daughters
  • White Ant
  • Opening Night
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • The Darkness of Day