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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. 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.
|Title||Year released||IMDB rating (2017)||Mental disorder|
|Girl, Interrupted||1999||7.1||Borderline personality disorder, among others|
|Finding Nemo||2003||8.1||Anterograde amnesia, Attention Deficit Disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder|
|Winter Sleepers||1997||7.3||Anterograde amnesia|
|How To Train Your Dragon||2010||8.1||Attention Deficit Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder|
|Clean Slate||1994||5.6||Anterograde amnesia|
|Fight Club||1999||8.8||Dissociative identity disorder|
|A Beautiful Mind||2001||8.2||Schizophrenia|
|What Dreams May Come||1998||7.0||Depression|
|The Night Listener||2006||5.9||Factitious disorder|
|Julien Donkey Boy||1999||6.7|
|Silver Linings Playbook||2012||7.8||Depression & bipolar|
|One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||1975||8.7|
|Rain Man||1988||8.0||Autism spectrum disorder|
|Lars and the Real Girl||2007||7.4|
|What's Eating Gilbert Grape||1993||7.8||Autism spectrum disorder|
|The Three Faces of Eve||1957||7.2||Dissociative identity disorder|
|American Psycho||2000||7.6||Antisocial Personality Disorder|
|The Silence of the Lambs||1991||8.6||Antisocial Personality Disorder|
|The Aviator||2004||7.5||obsessive-compulsive disorder|
A person with anterograde amnesia is unable to form new memories.
"A much-used plot device, retrograde amnesia occurs when a person forgets part or all of his or her past."
"Psychogenic amnesia, also known as dissociative amnesia, is memory loss caused by psychological stress."
Lacunar amnesia is the loss of memory about one specific event.
Previously called "Multiple Personality Disorder."
"Recent psychiatric classifications refer to the syndrome as shared psychotic disorder (DSM-IV) (297.3) and induced delusional disorder (F24) in the ICD-10."
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