Note: This is a little PSA about the Blue Whale Challenge. It is time-sensitive. Regular MHM posting will continue as normal next week.
If you read our previous post on Dissociative Identity Disorder, then you’ll know that mental illnesses often have a poor and inaccurate representation in media and pop culture.
And while some people in Hollywood don’t get it, others come pretty close to portraying mental health in accurate, relatable ways.
Here are my top 5 picks for movies about mental health that got it (mostly) right.
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder, is a dissociative disorder in which a person develops alternating identities. These identities may have unique mannerisms, names, characteristics and voices (i.e.: accents, wearing glasses, differing ages).
According the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), people who have DID may feel as though multiple voices are trying to take over at once. Many people experience gaps in their memory, including memories of trauma, personal information and daily events.
“I feel sad.”
I don’t know how many times that sentence has tumbled from between my lips with the heavy sigh that preceded it. Always tired and always sad.
Sometimes I don’t think people actually want to know if other people are “okay.” But when I say I’m sad, people usually respond along the lines of “Aw, why? Let’s go get coffee and you can tell me all about it.”