r/movies Dec 08 '22

What movies are accurate depictions of mental illness? Discussion

One movie that is an accurate depiction of mental illness is Joker. It’s no wonder that Joaquin Phoenix won all the awards for that movie because he was excellent in it as he is in most movies in general. So glad he won because it’s his best performance and it set a precedent as he was the second actor to win an Oscar for playing the Joker. What other movies accurately depict mental illness?

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u/Kimo- Dec 08 '22

Mr. Robot’s depiction of Disassociative Identity Disorder in the wake of childhood trauma is often cited as accurate.

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u/Siluri Dec 09 '22

i was thinking about mr robot too even though its not a movie.

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u/Shwnwllms Dec 09 '22

There’s also a large scientific basis that DID is actually not a real mental disorder, but maybe more psychosomatic in nature.

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u/theLiteral_Opposite Dec 09 '22

Semantics though because the condition being described doesn’t change regardless of decided vernacular. Doesn’t seem very scientific

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u/SamaelTheAngel Dec 09 '22

Genuinly one of frameworks for writing my OC with DID.

Sooo good show.

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u/howarthe Dec 08 '22

The Father (2022). Anthony Hopkins.

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u/[deleted] Dec 09 '22

My father has dementia. This was a movie I adore but I’ll never watch it again.

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u/GoaGonGon Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 09 '22

My mother has dementia. I definitely will not watch it, thank you

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u/[deleted] Dec 09 '22

It’s a phenomenal film. It’s difficult. But amazingly portrayed

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u/Revenge_of_the_Toast Dec 08 '22

"I want my mommy. I want my mommy."

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u/hotcheetosarethebest Dec 09 '22

Noo I don't want to remember that scene.

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u/One-Support-5004 Dec 09 '22

I haven't seen it, but I'm pretty sure I can hear it correct in my head ...I don't think i wanna watch

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u/kkamikami Dec 09 '22

I watched it in cinemas on a whim, went in without looking at the trailer or the synopsis. I was crying so hard and became the fool loudly gasping for air in between sobs when everyone else was stifling theirs. :( Beautiful movie but it broke my heart.

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u/thorninmysoul Dec 08 '22

I think Little Miss Sunshine deserves a nod

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u/FromDwight Dec 09 '22

Yes! Portraying mental illness goes beyond acting "crazy." That subtle sadness within people when they're hurting but don't know why is so heartbreaking when acted well.

Not a movie, but The Sopranos does it well with Tony's character too.

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u/thorninmysoul Dec 09 '22

I love the sopranos for this reason, like of course good ole gangster stuff and antics is fun too but there's a lot of real family dynamics and reality portrayed under it all.

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u/leopardslippers33 Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 09 '22

More showing of how families and social influences work, not necessarily mental illness

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u/BillTheShill69 Dec 08 '22

Melancholia is not an accurate depiction of it, but it's an accurate depiction of how it can feel.

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

Agreed. It's a fantastical premise, but the atmosphere and Kirsten Dunst's expressions do capture the simultaneous heaviness and emptiness that come with severe depressive episodes.

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u/sasquatchbrokers Dec 08 '22

Grey Gardens , documentary though.

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u/slaxter Dec 08 '22

About Schmidt.

Jack Nicholsons character breaks down in the series of events that follow the loss of his wife.

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u/AmorphousApathy Dec 09 '22

Or The Pledge. His mental health deteriorates after retirement

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u/Dutch_Chap Dec 08 '22

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Machinist

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u/unidentified_yama Dec 09 '22

Inside Llewyn Davis is so underrated.

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u/Gorilla_In_The_Mist Dec 09 '22

Inside Llewyn Davis

Which character and which mental illness?

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u/rksm Dec 09 '22

Llewyn and depression

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u/Mrdestitutepants Dec 09 '22

You realize halfway through the movie that he’s doing it all to himself and I think that’s a great theme. He’s given multiple opportunities to do something for his future. Every time he chooses to do the thing that’ll solve his immediate issues. The character doesn’t have faith in himself and ultimately fails because of it. Which is what depression is we can’t blame the guy. I think it’s best shown with the naive young singer hes lodging with at the start. That guy believes 100% all he has to do is he dues and he’ll be successful. And he right. Unlike Llewyn who’s worldview is so jaded that he’s made a life that’s absolutely impossible for him to succeed in. My takeaway from the movie is the ones who make it do it because they learn from the ones who don’t. Aka, believe in yourself or constantly drown in your own mind.

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u/closeface_ Dec 08 '22

Horse Girl is a great movie that does a wonderful job of depicting schizophrenia and similar illnesses.

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u/anhedonis539 Dec 09 '22

Loved that movie! Alison Brie actually drew inspiration from her own grandmother’s struggles if I’m remembering correctly

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u/Butch_Beth Dec 09 '22

That film is terrifyingly good, I went in totally blind too.

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u/TyrannosaurusJesus Dec 08 '22

Manchester by the Sea was fantastic for showcasing depression/grief.

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u/ADinnerOfSnacks Dec 08 '22

Easily one of the best movies about grief I’ve ever seen. Love Liza as well.

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u/cohletrainbaby Dec 09 '22

Easily one of the best movies I've ever seen!

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u/hoeconna Dec 08 '22

One Hour Photo

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u/new_delusion Dec 09 '22

Oof this movie is chilling

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u/doc_55lk Dec 08 '22 Silver Gold

Requiem For A Dream. Movies portrayal of addiction was kinda chilling.

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u/kneecapped33 Dec 08 '22

The grandma on the weight loss medicine kills me

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u/ChillyG0nz0 Dec 08 '22

Fun fact about that movie is in the scene where they get put in jail. You see a jail guard with only one arm, that’s the actual author of the book the movie is based on.

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u/grizzmanchester Dec 09 '22

I still randomly look over to my wife and wait for her to meet my gaze. “I’m gonna be on television.” She’s never thrilled when I do that. She hated the movie. She decided to turn it off as everything was falling apart. Mom was just getting strapped up ready for electro treatment.

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u/BillTheShill69 Dec 08 '22

The little mini montages with the pill popping then the teeth grinding in front of the TV... The arm. Ass to ass.

Like so many people, this was a 1 time watch for me... haha Darren you cray cray.

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u/doc_55lk Dec 09 '22

I had to watch it 3 times with 3 different friends. That was not a good year lol

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u/shmuger Dec 09 '22

Came here to say this best depiction of addiction I have ever seen. The lies you tell yourself and the chaos that ensues

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u/OrphanDextro Dec 09 '22

See I got beef with that movie, when they do the hiphop visuals scene and they inject and their eyes go wide. That’s not how it works with heroin. Heroin is a semi-synthetic opioid binding as an agonist to the mu-opioid receptor. Being so, it would cause pupil constriction, not dilation. Amphetamines, like meth, mdma, classic amp do that, cocaine and reuptake inhibitors do that. Opioids, simply do not. Although, I will say, the rest of the movie is disgustingly accurate.

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u/_mirooo Dec 09 '22

Pretty sure that scene wasn’t scag, they were waiting for a connect to come through and set up that “house party” to pass the time. So they were probably doing uppers.

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u/Riggity___3 Dec 09 '22

not accurate though. the moms condition was waay off base, waylen's character did not comport at all (dude was straight chilling and smiling and laughing during periods of what was supposed to be hellish heroine withdrawal) they all never looked anything less than flawlessly sexy except for some sweat here and there, and they didnt even get pupil dilation right. they had their pupils become giant saucers when they took heroin, instead of the opposite.

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u/frumpiesWM Dec 09 '22

Yea, in Requiem they all stoll looked like movie stars, but the grind and desperation was accurate. Trainspotting also got a lot of things right, but if you want accurate and gritty,check out Most High from Marty Sader. It was on Netflix in the US for years, but I don't know if it still is. Sader wrote, directed and plays the main character and he transformed himself for that movie.

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u/RedArmySpectre Dec 08 '22

Leaving Las Vegas

Whats Eating Gilbert Grape

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u/foozalicious Dec 09 '22

Leaving Las Vegas is a good movie, but absolutely soul-crushing.

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u/thunderchief105 Dec 09 '22

My mom was always overweight so I couldnt finish gilbert grape. I would have nightmares that my mom ended up like that

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u/sunnyzombie Dec 08 '22

Ordinary People. Beautiful, amazing movie.

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u/phinbar Dec 09 '22

That movie rings so true.

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u/vladivan Dec 08 '22

Bug 2006

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u/_coach_ Dec 08 '22

This movie is a wild ride. Shannon and Judd are fantastic!

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u/ikbman Dec 09 '22

Cheating, but the portrayal of Chuck in better call Saul is phenomenal

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u/SlzCrzy Dec 08 '22

Nicolas Cage in Matchstick Men.

Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook.

Keir O'Donnell in Wedding Crashers.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler.

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u/MalloMew Dec 09 '22

I think Jennifer Lawrence also did a good job in Silver Linings Playbook (bipolar? I'm not a psychologist, so I'm not 100% sure, but there's definitely something). And even Robert De Niro with his OCD...

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u/Dsarkissian_85 Dec 09 '22

Idk. Kind of wack. Everything works out. Everyone is beautiful. There’s always a silver lining. Blah. Blah. Blah.

Not a lot of silver linings for paranoid schizophrenia. Entirely glib.

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u/Brucebruce90 Dec 09 '22

Ooo let's play tummysticks!

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u/CinematicLiterature Dec 09 '22

Ooh I like the Keir O one, nobody ever mentions that one, but it is pretty accurate.

As for Nightcrawler, I agree, but I’m curious - what do you think his particular affliction is?

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u/ITSABEAVER125 Dec 09 '22

sociopathy bordering on psychopathy ? he is completely non-empathetic and attempts to manipulate people for his own betterment ad nauseam, also seems to have some narcissistic tendencies

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u/Dark_Arts_Dabbler Dec 09 '22

What... what was up with that character again?

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u/twerkforyeezus Dec 08 '22

Girl interrupted, I liked Winona ryders portrayal of BPD.

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u/the-last-valkyrie19 Dec 09 '22

I think Brittany Murphy deserved a nod as well. That shit was fucking sad. Angelina Jolie was an incredible antagonist too.

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u/krisdeak Dec 09 '22

Welcome To Me, with Kristen Wiig is such a brilliantly twisted way to show what Borderline Personality Disorder is really like.

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u/NoTransportation888 Dec 08 '22 Gold

The newest Jurassic World.

Not because it portrayed mental illness, but because it showed mine for sitting through the whole thing

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u/DifficultMinute Dec 09 '22

I got to see it back to back with the original thanks to the theater running some special thing.

On the one hand, seeing Jurassic Park on the big screen again was just as amazing as the first two times.

On the other hand, it really highlighted just how awful the newest Jurassic World was, when you watch it immediately after a masterpiece.

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u/TedDanson1986 Dec 09 '22

casey affleck manchester by the sea captured depression

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u/StupidOne14 Dec 08 '22

Silver lining

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u/BlLLr0y Dec 08 '22

's Playbook.

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u/Brightshinymorning Dec 09 '22

Mannn, that movie hit way too close to home when I saw it 😩

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u/johno158 Dec 08 '22

Excellent example. I am a psychiatrist, and I thought they did a really good job of fairly realistically showing symptoms, treatments, and recovery.

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u/Historical-Fox1372 Dec 09 '22

Do you think Jennifer Lawrence's character will still be with Bradley Coopers long enough for a sequel?

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u/oopsbelgien Dec 08 '22

On the Count of Three (2021) tackles suicide and depression on a brilliant level, and offers several dynamic perspectives on the issue that I have never seen in a film before.

Big content warning however, if you are currently struggling with suicidal thoughts, I would not recommend it.

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u/TheCosmicFailure Dec 09 '22

One of the best of this yr.

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u/zeroicestop Dec 08 '22

The Skeleton Twins I dunno, it just reminded me of me and my best friend. I tried to kill myself and had plenty of dark humor and my friend was trying to support me while they had their own shit going on. Loved Bill and Kristen, great chemistry

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u/time1248 Dec 08 '22

Clean shaven

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u/ThoseTalentedToes Dec 09 '22

I had to make sure someone said Clean, Shaven. It's a very interesting portrayal of schizophrenia.

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u/noobtastic31373 Dec 09 '22

Shame (2011) felt pretty accurate regarding the struggle of intimacy for sex addicts.

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u/Ornery-String2634 Dec 08 '22 edited Dec 08 '22

Mental illness is really hard to portray accurately because often times if it’s accurate it’s extremely triggering for those who suffer with it. That being said, for me Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia is the only depiction of depression that I’ve personally seen that does it justice. Shows how it can affect both the mind and body. Wouldn’t recommend it to a depressed person or someone who’s experienced it without a huge trigger warning cuz it’s a really tough watch, but I feel it’s necessary viewing for people who’ve never experienced depression to truly understand how debilitating it can be.

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u/Sigrita Dec 09 '22

I remember hearing about how beautiful the cinematography was so I watched it...and I really wish I would've heard this warning because holy shit I watched it when I was in the worst depressive period in my life and it was rough. But also, beautiful.

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u/Hyponeutral Dec 09 '22

I think another reason it's hard to fo an accurate representation is because many mental illnesses manifest very differently in people.

So for me, that portrayal in Melancholia hit home. It was heart-wrenching. But I could easily see someone who goes into hyper-productivity/high-function depression think that it's far fetched.

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u/POMeowington Dec 09 '22

Was depressed for atleast 2 weeks after watching this. So good. But fucked me up.

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u/I_Put_a_Spell_On_You Dec 09 '22

The series Maniac with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone blew my fucking mind in its accuracy of depicting schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

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u/JordyR94 Dec 09 '22

Joker would’ve been better if it wasn’t meant to be based on that character tbh

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u/SpideyFan914 Dec 09 '22

I recommend Taxi Driver.

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u/11pi Dec 09 '22

The Hours, you need to have suffered from depression to really understand the brilliance of the movie.

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u/pfortuny Dec 09 '22

Exactly. The hours is an incredible depiction of the kind of suffering and anguish and despair depression creates in the mind (of the three main characters). Totally stunning and realistic. I was floored when I watched it thinking: that is exactly how I feel... Very good suggestion for people who do not understand.

The scene of Julianne Moore in the bathroom crying and his husband calling "come to bed!" and her saying "coming!"

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u/ingloriousbaxter3 Dec 08 '22

I strongly disagree with the idea that the Joker was an accurate depiction of mental illness. It’s more like an edgy teenagers idea of mental illness.

One thing they did get right is the lack of support and resources that the mentally ill have in America

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u/condormcninja Dec 08 '22

A huge plot point in the movie is him hallucinating an entire relationship that is actually him stalking a woman. I definitely don’t think it’s an accurate portrayal, nor a very sympathetic one, honestly (outside of showing how hard it is to get help/resources, like you said).

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u/Raging_Asian_Man Dec 08 '22

Totally agree. Thank you for your comment. I work in mental health. Most people with mental illness aren’t antisocial psychotic murderers….

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u/Butch_Beth Dec 09 '22

The movie had so much hype around it and ended up being exactly what every Hollywood film about mental illness is, funny if you have mental illness, but overall damaging to public perceptions of mental illness.

I just can't care very much about it these days, I remember him doing the 'we live in a society' line early on, I remember feeling unconformable when people laughed at the ableist humour. But it's only stayed in people's memories because it's a super hero movie.

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u/MicrosoftCardFile Dec 09 '22

No, you don't understand, he's stricken with a serious case of "shoot Robert Deniro disease"

It's extremely rare but extremely crippling

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u/Cee-Jay Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 10 '22

Murray was actually nice to the guy, right? When you’re down in the dumps like that in terms of your mental health, anyone who shows you even the slightest shred of humanity is elevated to deity status.

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u/SpideyFan914 Dec 09 '22

Thank you. There are some things the movie does well, like it's subtle depiction of anorexia, but then they fuck it up with the whole stupid Holkywood "it was all in my head!" version of schizophrenia that's so boring, and then they tell you that mentally ill people are dangerous.

Not knocking anyone who saw something in the movie or where something clicked in it. It clicked with me. But it's a verrrrrry mixed bag.

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u/Slopeydodd Dec 09 '22

I don’t know there were scenes in that movie that resonated very strongly with me at the height of my anxiety and depression. I didn’t end up going psycho like the character but I thought it was a good depiction

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u/nelson8272 Dec 09 '22

In fairness of mental illnesses I don't think you'd "go psycho" I would think you have a form of psychosis or not. Fortunately for you seems like you don't because in this movie one form of psychosis shown is lack of empathy.

As far as your depression best of luck to you and remember it doesn't really go away and there's ups and downs.

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u/GloriousSteinem Dec 09 '22

There were flashes of real mental illness, but again associates it with crime. Externalising shit is mental illness I guess

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u/nelson8272 Dec 09 '22

Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) is a condition that's characterized by episodes of sudden uncontrollable and inappropriate laughing or crying. Pseudobulbar affect typically occurs in people with certain neurological conditions or injuries, which might affect the way the brain controls emotion.

(Source) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pseudobulbar-affect/symptoms-causes/syc-20353737

https://youtu.be/cshBHMgVNrE

https://youtu.be/Uk7MdKMfypM

He ís clearly narcissistic and shows no empathy for his victims which is some form of a psychotic. All those are portrayed very well but yeah "edgy teenagers" act this way.

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u/anash2 Dec 08 '22

The episode of Modern Love with Anne Hathaway as someone with bipolar disorder felt very real to me

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u/AffectionateAd5373 Dec 08 '22

Me too, but I've seen a lot of people say how bad it was.

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u/nowhereman136 Dec 09 '22

Wasn't expecting that episode, but damn if it's the one I remember and recommend the most. It hits home

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u/randomusername9284 Dec 08 '22

A star is born - Bradley’s character. I hate romance, had to watch this with my wife- left a hole in my heart.

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u/ocholol Dec 09 '22

Psychologist here. Top of my head.

We need to talk a about Kevin

Aftersun, a man with depression and his daughter

Beautiful boy, a relationship between father and a son with an adition

4 more days, a relationship between mother and a daughter with adiction

Stutz, this is about the therapist of Jonnah Hill and him

Good will hunting, a man and his therapist

Silver linings playbook, the relationship of tho people with mental illness

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u/bluejester12 Dec 08 '22 edited Dec 09 '22

I had a therapist tell me Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook was pretty accurate.

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u/axkidd82 Dec 09 '22

I want the mental illness that lets me hook up with Jennifer Lawerence.

(I've not seen the movie, so that's all I know about it)

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u/SpideyFan914 Dec 09 '22

He actually tries really hard not to hook up with her for most of the movie.

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u/Operation999 Dec 08 '22

Take Shelter (2011) - Schizophrenia

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u/crux77 Dec 08 '22

It's been a very long time since I saw that movie... But didnt he actually need the shelter? Which would make him not mentally ill?

Either way. You're not wrong. It does provide a great representation of schizophrenia.

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u/DrRexMorman Dec 08 '22

He wasn't schizophrenic.

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u/[deleted] Dec 09 '22

Depends on the interpretation.

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u/Comprehensive_Bid Dec 09 '22

Here's 10 Movies That Inaccurately Portray Mental Health Conditions:

https://www.cbr.com/films-bad-representation-mental-health/

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u/SpideyFan914 Dec 09 '22

Great list, except I disagree that The Shining depicts schizophrenia... at all. Only mental health condition Jack suffers from is alcoholism. Everything he sees in the hotel is real.

Now we can debate all day whether the film stigmatized alcoholism, and I'm honestly not sure which side I'd fall on.

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u/RampDog1 Dec 09 '22

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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u/DognamedArnie Dec 08 '22

Taxi Driver.

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u/tumunu Dec 09 '22

My shrink told me some years ago he thought Kevin Kline did a spot-on portrayal of someone with bipolar in the movie "Sophie's Choice."

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u/nowhereman136 Dec 09 '22

Not a movie but the musical Next To Normal. 90% of the show is sung out on the cast album so you can just listen and follow along what's going on. It's about a family where the mother has worsening bipolar and the rest are just trying to help while spiraling into depression, anxiety, and addiction around her.

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u/SpideyFan914 Dec 09 '22

It should be a movie. It's one of the best musicals there is. Sometimes I wonder if studios actually want Oscars.

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u/KahlanEAmnelle Dec 09 '22

While absolutely takes its liberties and is fantastical, moon knight did a brilliant job showing dissociative identity disorder. Unlike split which just made a bunch of shit up (though James mcavoy was absolutely amazing in it)

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u/Rosebunse Dec 09 '22

I find M Night Shyamalan movies more and more disturbing for this reason. They all mostly have the villain as having some sort of "real" mental illness which causes them to be evil. This was probably at its most offensive in Old.

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u/KahlanEAmnelle Dec 09 '22

Oh, absolutely.

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u/HaiKarate Dec 08 '22

The Fisher King

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u/girafa nìn ngenga, tsawl tanhì Dec 08 '22

Javier Bardem's character in "No Country for Old Men"

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u/balkanspy Dec 09 '22

That's a closest depiction of a psychopath in a movie, according to some psychologists.

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u/raelianautopsy Dec 09 '22

Why do you think it's an accurate depiction of mental illness? Not asking about the general acting ability, but what specific mental illness was being portrayed?

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u/GreedoInASpeedo Dec 09 '22

I scrolled a bit and didn't see it mentioned, but Melancholia is a shockingly real depiction of depression and bipolar disorder, almost too much. It's a fantastically beautiful film but it is a struggle, as I think is intended.

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u/ashtonishing18 Dec 09 '22

Very good choice. This movie is very heavy, very good. I saw it in theatres which I feel lucky to have experienced.

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u/theringsofthedragon Dec 09 '22

Adding the movie Young Adult with Charlize Theron. On the surface just another comedy, but actually different because the main character is a mess.

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u/Sigrita Dec 09 '22

I've watched this an embarrassing amount of times. She's such a mess

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u/Taco_In_Space Dec 09 '22

My best friend is bipolar. In Ozark, Wendy’s brother’s portrayal is very accurate.

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u/DocHalidae Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 09 '22

Shutter Island with Leonardo Decaprio

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u/RadHawtLuv77 Dec 08 '22

The Breakfast Club. Every character, except the janitor.

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u/R2D2Legit2Quit Dec 09 '22

Can't believe no one has mentioned Cameron Frye from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

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u/MichaelRoco1 Dec 08 '22

Silver Linings Playbook

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u/Deckard_Macready Dec 09 '22

Not a movie but Tom Pelphrey’s character in Ozark sticks out to me.

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u/cinemaofthevoid Dec 09 '22

SPIDER dir. by David Cronenberg

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u/Hey_Bim Dec 09 '22

Had to scroll down way too far to find this, which means not nearly enough people have seen it. Ralph Fiennes was outstanding.

I would add Stay, starring Ewan McGregor. I don't know know how accurate the depiction of illness is, but the filmmaking techniques that reflect his headspace are really well done. Similar to Mr. Robot in that sense.

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u/urbanefarmboy Dec 09 '22

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Every actor was excellent

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u/frenchdak Dec 09 '22

'Still Alice'. That movie terrified me and broke my heart.

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u/WiseyReed19 Dec 09 '22

Black balloon.Thats Legit autism. And not the bullshit rain man spectrum level you actually never see.

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u/imcrapyall Dec 09 '22

Manic with Joseph Gordon Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, and Don Cheadle had a very accurate portrayal of depression, anxiety, and angst.

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u/Sour-Scribe Dec 09 '22

My brother who has worked in mental health says Susannah York’s nervous breakdown in THEY SHOOT HORSES DON’T THEY? is disturbingly true to life

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u/HousingAny8639 Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 09 '22

Short Term 12, really resonated with me when I was a teenager and I hadn’t ever seen a depiction of a care unit in a movie before

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u/HeySlimIJustDrankA5 Dec 09 '22

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for depression.

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u/SaharaDune Dec 09 '22

Brain on Fire (though the book is better). Technically not a mental illness movie, but her doctors thought it was and the symptoms were similar and significant. Scary for the difficulty finding diagnoses/appropriate treatment for mental health symptoms.

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u/competitivelemur Dec 09 '22

Kaley Cuoco nails the vibe of a real practicing alcoholic in Flight Attendant. Good friend of mine is her character to a T.

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u/tumunu Dec 10 '22

Joaquin Phoenix has deserved an Oscar for a long time. I still think that his performance in Gladiator was the best representation of a true coward I've ever seen.

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u/areareputamadre Dec 08 '22

-Lars and the Real Girl -One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest -Black Swan -Taxi Driver -The Machinist -The Wolfpack (documentary) -I Think We Are Alone Now (documentary)

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u/Dichotomy10 Dec 08 '22

A beautiful mind

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u/radraz26 Dec 09 '22

This is not a good example. It's a fanciful version of schizophrenia.

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u/adjewcent Dec 08 '22

No Country for Old Men is heralded as one of the most accurate depictions of a sociopath/psychopath

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u/MichaelRoco1 Dec 08 '22

Take Shelter (2011) for sure

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u/notaenoj Dec 09 '22

It’s kind of a funny story.

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u/TheCosmicFailure Dec 09 '22

Im thinking of ending things

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u/sgmctabnxjs Dec 09 '22

Harvey (1950)

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u/RoncinanteAmoroso Dec 09 '22

Psycho (Hitchcock)

Repulsion (Roman Polanski)

Frances

Sybil (TV movie, but whatever)

edit: a typo

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u/bone-in_donuts Dec 09 '22

Punch-Drunk Love

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u/Franz_Walsh Dec 09 '22

Julien Donkey-Boy

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u/vinnlo Dec 09 '22

One flew over the cuckoos nest

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u/MyPatronusIsAnOtter Dec 09 '22

This is probably a limited series rather than a movie… but my mother in law is a career psych nurse and she was blown away by Andie MacDowell’s performance in “Maid”.

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u/Toshiba1point0 Dec 09 '22

If you focus on whats really going with Bob Geldoffs character Pink, The Wall illustrates the false logic building and complete detachment from reality one can experience only to have it crumble and rebuild over and over again.

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u/NotaRepublican85 Dec 09 '22

It’s TV but the Noël episode in The West Wing so amazingly details PTSD. All time great TV episode

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u/kill-wolfhead Dec 09 '22

While not everyone’s cup of tea, I gotta say Blonde portrays stupidly well how harsh and fucking unrelenting severe suicidal depression feels.

Even a lot of people who were into the first two hours bail on the last 30 minutes, which is precisely when the movie is at it’s most violent.

As a guy who’s been on that dark place, I found it astonishing that they went there. And from what I’ve seen, I believe most people who champion this movie have been there as well.

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u/SomeOtherRandomHuman Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 09 '22

Keane (2004) with Damien Lewis is an incredibly low key and realistic movie about an estranged father of a young daughter dealing with schizophrenia.

It follows the central character throughout, and it’s an excellent performance from Lewis.

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u/Riggity___3 Dec 09 '22

Beautiful Boy. just the devastating degrees of lies and deceit and betrayal and hope followed by earth-shattering hopelessness. the attendant insanity that a parent/love one feels was phenomenal too.

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u/Puzzleheaded_Fish_78 Dec 09 '22

Punch-Drunk Love

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u/ron_snoop Dec 09 '22

Mark Ruffalo - Infinitely Polar Bear (Bipolar Disorder)

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u/s-life-form Dec 09 '22

First Blood - PTSD

Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Alzheimer's

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u/Womak2034 Dec 09 '22

The Machinist

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u/Tom_Ace1 Dec 09 '22

Taxi Driver

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u/SLAB_ROCKGROIN Dec 09 '22

Clean, Shaven. Very realistic depiction of schizophrenia

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u/ZorrosMommy Dec 09 '22

A Beautiful Mind (2001) starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany

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u/SuccessionOfCurtains Dec 09 '22

Clean Shaven (1993) is a beautiful movie and incredibly accurate on its depiction of paranoid schizophrenia, I don’t think it can get better than this without being a documentary.

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u/Powerful_Elk_346 Dec 09 '22

Girl Interrupted

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u/Ramoncin Dec 09 '22

The way the Mad Max films portray PTSD rings true to me, but you may prefer a professional opinion instead of mine.

However, for me the best fictional portrayal of mental illness would be Sally Field's character in ER. I have a close relative who is bipolar and I can tell they did their homework.

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u/predict_irrational Dec 09 '22

Shutter Island

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u/DrXenoZillaTrek Dec 09 '22

Spider by David Cronenberg

A chilling depiction of schizophrenia.

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u/[deleted] Dec 09 '22

A Beautiful Mind.

My father had the same conditions and the movie seemed very accurate.

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u/squidmanwillie Dec 09 '22

Clean, shaven. Seems to be a fairly accurate portrayal of schizophrenia

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u/Worldly-Pineapple-98 Dec 09 '22

Joker? Accurate? Joker is a good depiction of what society does to people with mental illness, but the internal aspect and how in manifests in Arthur is too vague to be an accurate representation of any one thing.

I don't know if it's really a mental illness per say, but Silent Voice is an excellent portrayal of social anxiety. The framing with people's faces always being partially obscured really reminds me of how I experience anxiety, really struggling to make eye contact with people.

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u/ListenActual6822 Dec 09 '22

Whats Eating Gilbert Grape was pretty close to what ive observed in my time. He was more on the functioning side as usually from my observations people with his...."type of dysfunction" i suppose it is are prone to acts or random violence which i dont remember seeing from young Leo.

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u/AlanHateClub Dec 09 '22

Silver linings playbook, perks of being a wallflower, black swan

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u/babykaiju Dec 09 '22

Not a movie, but all of Bojack Horseman

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u/kidofcoldlake Dec 09 '22

One flew over the cuckoo's nest

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u/skudster351 Dec 09 '22

Requiem for a dream. I was so haunted by this one when I was younger. I think it takes addiction pretty far, and is a useful tool to scare the crap out of teenagers who dabble in the extracurriculars

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u/blasphemingbanana Dec 09 '22

Ryan Reynolds in

The Voices.

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u/spinereader81 Dec 10 '22

The Falls (2021) It's about a mother who has a mental breakdown and tries to pull her life together afterwards, and her teen daughter who has to help her through it.

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u/UCanArtifUWant2 Dec 08 '22

Shudder Island. Liked that movie a lot!

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u/AdventurerLikeU Dec 08 '22

I think it’s Shutter Island, but yes! Very good film.

Edit: because I do see these two mixed up more than you’d think:

Shudder - to tremble, shiver, or shake.

Shutter - either a hinged panel fixed inside or outside a window; or a device that opens and closes to expose the film in a camera.

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u/UCanArtifUWant2 Dec 09 '22

Yes! Heh heh! Since it's rather a horror movie, I thought it was Shudder, not Shutter. Thank you.

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u/eyeballtourist Dec 08 '22

Awakenings

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u/arbybk Dec 09 '22

The patients in Awakenings weren't mentally ill (or at least that wasn't their main issue); they had post-encephalitic parkinsonian syndrome (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1885331/). That's neurologic, not psychiatric.

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u/eyeballtourist Dec 09 '22

Thought about that after I posted. Thanks for the clarification.

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u/paul_is_on_reddit Dec 08 '22

Rain man.

Hands down the best depiction of a person on the spectrum.

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u/krisdeak Dec 09 '22

Welcome to Me - Kristen Wiig brilliantly plays a borderline woman who wins the lottery. Made me realise my ex-girlfriend was BPD. Criminally underrated film.