List of Films Featuring Mental Illness
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List of Films Featuring Mental Illness

Many films have portrayed mental disorders or used them as backdrops for other themes. This is a list of some of those films, sorted by disorder, regardless of whether or not the disorder is portrayed accurately. Thus, though 50 First Dates presents a case of anterograde amnesia, the type depicted does not actually exist.

Similarly, dissociative identity disorder, formerly called "multiple identity disorder", is one of the most controversial psychiatric disorders, with no clear consensus on diagnostic criteria or treatment.[1] Most films purporting to represent dissociative identity disorder would not leave that impression.

Owing to the nature of drama, extreme and florid manifestations of any given disorder tend to prevail over the more subtle ones typical of the average case. For example, people with agoraphobia are generally portrayed in drama as recluses who never, or almost never, venture from their homes; in reality, this is rare and extreme, not typical of the agoraphobic population.


Anterograde amnesia

A person with anterograde amnesia is unable to form new memories.

Retrograde amnesia

"A much-used plot device, retrograde amnesia occurs when a person forgets part or all of his or her past."

Psychogenic amnesia

"Psychogenic amnesia, also known as dissociative amnesia, is memory loss caused by psychological stress."

Lacunar amnesia

Lacunar amnesia is the loss of memory about one specific event.

Avoidant personality disorder

The Peanuts Movie - 2015: character of Charlie Brown

Bipolar disorder

Conduct disorder

Delusional disorder; and psychotic disorder not otherwise specified


Alzheimer's disease



Dissociative identity disorder

Previously called "Multiple Personality Disorder."

Eating disorders

Factitious disorder

Folie à deux

"Recent psychiatric classifications refer to the syndrome as shared psychotic disorder (DSM-IV) (297.3) and induced delusional disorder (F24) in the ICD-10."

Histrionic personality disorder


Paranoid personality disorder


Personality disorder not otherwise specified

Pervasive developmental disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder


Schizoaffective disorder

  • Shine - 1996
  • Side Effects - 2013 (NOTE: Film does not accurately portray schizoaffective disorder as a majority of those diagnosed are more prone to being swindled by scammers than perpetrating violence toward other people).
  • Love & Mercy - 2014[5]

Schizoid personality disorder



Substance use disorder

"Drugs listed from most addictive, harmful or destructive to least (from most to least dangerous, based on a 2007 scientific research study."[8]


See also


  1. ^ "Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is probably the most disputed of psychiatric diagnoses and of psychological forensic evaluations in the legal arena. The iatrogenic proponents assert that DID phenomena originate from psychotherapeutic treatment, while traumagenic proponents state that DID develops after severe and chronic childhood trauma. In addition, DID that is simulated [feigned] with malingering intentions, but not stimulated by psychotherapeutic treatment, may be called pseudogenic. With DID gaining more interest among the general public, it can be expected that the number of pseudogenic cases will grow and the need to distinguish between traumagenic, iatrogenic, or pseudogenic DID will increase accordingly." Reinders AA (2008). "Cross-examining dissociative identity disorder: Neuroimaging and etiology on trial". Neurocase. 14 (1): 44-53. doi:10.1080/13554790801992768. PMID 18569730.
  2. ^ Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite (My SO Has Depression)
  3. ^ Evelyn B. Kelly (2015). The 101 Most Unusual Diseases and Disorders. ABC-CLIO. pp. 83-84. ISBN 978-1-61069-676-0. 
  4. ^ "Skeptical Cinema: 'Bug' and folie à deux". CFI Center for Inquiry. 2013. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ Light, Alan (May 29, 2015). "In _éïLove & Mercy,_éì Brian Wilson Is Portrayed by John Cusack and Paul Dano". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Stateside on IMDb
  7. ^ "FX Networks orders pilot for 'Legion'". Marvel News. 14 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Nutt, D; King LA; Saulsbury W; Blakemore C (24 March 2007). "Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse". The Lancet. 369 (9566): 1047_éç1053. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60464-4. PMID 17382831. 


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