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Films Featuring Mental Illness

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Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder. Agoraphobia may arise by the fear of having a panic attack in a setting from which there is no easy means of escape. Alternatively, social anxiety problems may also be an underlying cause. As a result, sufferers of agoraphobia avoid public and/or unfamiliar places, especially large, open spaces such as shopping malls or airports where there are few places to hide.
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Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD), also known in medical literature as Alzheimer disease, is the most common form of dementia. There is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses, and eventually leads to death. It was first described by German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906 and was named after him.
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Anterograde amnesia

Anterograde amnesia is a loss of the ability to create new memories after the event that caused the amnesia, leading to a partial or complete inability to recall the recent past, while long term memories from before the event remain intact
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Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD or APD) is a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood.
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Anxiety disorder

Anxiety disorder is a common chronic disorder characterized by long-lasting anxiety that is not focused on any one object or situation. Those suffering from generalized anxiety experience non-specific persistent fear and worry and become overly concerned with everyday matters.
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Asperger syndrome

Asperger syndrome or Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development.
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Autistic disorder

The autism spectrum, also called autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or autism spectrum conditions (ASC), with the word autistic sometimes replacing autism, is a spectrum of psychological conditions characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication, as well as severely restricted interests and highly repetitive behavior.
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Many films have portrayed mental illness or used it as a backdrop for other themes. Here is a list of some, sorted by illness portrayed, regardless of whether each film portrayed its respective mental disorder accurately or not.


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Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 13:27
In observe and report, he has bipolar disorder.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 13:33
@Hobbit updated sir :)
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 14:47
Titicut Follies? :p
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 19:10
This is really awesome. Thanks for defining the disorders too. :D
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 19 21:07
Great list:) also, I agree with the above comment, it's absolutely awesome that you also included the definitions of the disorders.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 20 8:44
Films over autism :
- What's eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
- Forrest Gump maybe ?
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 20 8:50
@Johan Snow cake is already in the list. I'm not sure about other two movies about Autism :(
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 20 8:54
Sorry, I missed Snow Cake ! My bad...

But don't you think Forrest Gump and Arnie Grape are autist ? I do think so.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 20 9:02
@Johan Link for Forrest Gump http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt96663.html. Well, I'm not coming to any conclusion now.

I have one more link which might give you edge http://www.autism.com/fam_autism_in_movies.asp

I prepared list based on wiki page. Need to revisit. Thank you :)
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 20 9:11
No problem. Thanks for the interesting links. Great list !
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 22 4:42
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 22 6:24
@daparafuseta Oh .. How did i missed such a great movie. Thanks for that. List updated :)
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 22 15:50
in http://www.listal.com/movie/man-som-hatar-kvinnor and sequels Lisbeth Salander has got Asperger's Syndrome

great list =)
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago at Oct 24 5:58
@~Nowsy - Its done. Thanks for movie suggestions :)
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Feb 21 22:46
The Living & the Dead- Schizophrenia
Dear John- Autism
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Apr 1 6:33
Girl, Interrupted - Ryder's character had BPD (arguably, I guess, but she was diagnosed) and Jolie's ASPD.
Posted: 4 years, 8 months ago at Apr 1 6:45
@shini Girl, Interrupted is already there in the list BPD section, while I can't add this to two sections.
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Apr 11 0:06
Angela (1995)- The mother Mae seems to have Bipolar DIsorder and her daughter has either Schizophrenia or OCD (visions of Satan and compulsive rituals)
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 9 18:27
In He Loves Me ... He Loves Me Not (with Audrey Tautou) she suffers from Erotomania. (:
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 10 2:09
@Foxy Chocolate Thanks for suggestions. Erotomania This is whole new section. I have added few more movies to the list :)
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 11 4:11
Fly Away (2011)- Jean, the mom, is raising a daughter with severe autusm.
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at May 11 5:24
@moviebuff15 Its done added to Autistic disorder :)
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jul 2 12:14
For autism, you should add "Miracle run" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419967/ (it is a TV movie).
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Jul 18 6:32
I love your list.
another one to add partially on part of DID.. is Shelter with jonathan rhys meyers and jullianne moore.
but it also has other elements in the film as well, ones of which I can't identify right now without spoliering completely.. or I'm unable to place it.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Feb 7 14:56
Awesome list. My degree in psychology thanks you.
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at May 2 21:38
Great list! The brain is a weird thing. I love how you have both classic films and movies from today! :)
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Jun 10 15:10
Excellent list.
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jul 27 12:27
This list is added to...
Is There Something Wrong with Me?
Edit: 3 years, 4 months ago
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Aug 4 5:22
Check out "The Perfect Host" w/ David Hyde Pierce
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Dec 7 23:16
The girl in 50 first dates has Lucunar amnesia.
Posted: 1 year, 9 months ago at Mar 2 0:52
You forgot I'am Sam starring: Sean Penn and Dakota Fanning?
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Mar 19 22:10
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Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Mar 20 12:24
Excellent list!
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Apr 16 9:41
Great list!
Posted: 6 months, 2 weeks ago at May 15 15:16
For Retrograde Amnesia there is also The Vow (2012) . Great list!
Posted: 3 months, 1 week ago at Aug 20 6:50
Great list! :D

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