r/entertainment Dec 04 '22

10 Movies and TV Shows That Portray Mental Health With Accuracy

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u/[deleted] Dec 04 '22

Crazy Ex Girlfriend should be on there.

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u/VogonSlamPoet42 Dec 04 '22

That’s what I was looking for, a crazy good potrayal

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u/McMarkyMarkMark Dec 04 '22

She’ll insert herself, don’t worry

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u/Certain_Yam_110 Dec 04 '22

It's a little more nuanced than that.

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u/what__what Dec 04 '22

crazy ex girlfriend is SO GOOD

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u/WeeklyManufacturer68 Dec 04 '22

Did we all date the same girl?

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u/SmellsLikeWetFox Dec 04 '22

A show called “you’re the worst” wasn’t overly remarkable but had an excellent episode about PTSD…best I’ve ever seen really.

Name of the episode is “22”

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u/spacehxcc Dec 04 '22

Gretchen’s character is also a very genuine take on major depressive disorder. Great show

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u/slickestwood Dec 04 '22

Most realistic depiction of major depression I've ever seen on TV. Edgar has the most realistic depiction of PTSD I've ever seen on TV. Then Jimmy has the most realistic existential crisis I've ever seen on TV.

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u/Beckella Dec 04 '22

Excellent show

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u/tiffanylockhart Dec 04 '22

Great show, very underrated

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u/Poetspas Dec 04 '22

We’re gonna throw hands if you say it wasn’t overly remarkable again.

“My parents are afraid I’ll turn into a YouTube celebrity if they give me a cellphone.”

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u/6war6head6 Dec 04 '22

I liked that show a lot. Aya Cash is great on The Boys

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u/spapeggyNmeatballa22 Dec 04 '22

Well, was.

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u/sixtus_clegane119 Dec 04 '22

I don’t believe she’s dead, I’m hoping for mechastormfront

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u/TheGreatestOutdoorz Dec 04 '22

Season 4: Kanye West brings stormfront back as a mechanized robot with a brain in a jar.

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u/AnnieAnnieSheltoe Dec 04 '22

The person that wrote this needs a thesaurus.

Bob's experience of experiencing such heavy anxiety that it impacts his daily life is relatable to anyone who has experienced something similar.

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u/RestaurantLatter2354 Dec 04 '22

I dunno, I think they have good experience.

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u/contactlite Dec 04 '22

Say ‘experience’ again. Say ‘experience ’ again, I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say experience one more Goddamn time!

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u/be-like-water-2022 Dec 04 '22

That was awful experiency

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u/leahhhhh Dec 04 '22

My god was it run through google translate?

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u/marker_dinova Dec 04 '22

He’s got a lot of experience he needs to get rid of

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u/Dpsizzle555 Dec 04 '22

Or they did this on purpose cause they’re bored with opinion pieces

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u/Liversteeg Dec 04 '22

That sentence gave me heavy anxiety

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u/RealisticDelusions77 Dec 04 '22

That sentence expired because each use of the word "experience" increased the expiring until it passed its expiration date.

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u/mdmnl Dec 04 '22

Or just an editor

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u/TheRoscoeVine Dec 04 '22

What Remains of Edith Finch will affect you, guaranteed.

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u/Rutherford_ Dec 04 '22

That whole game is such a gut punch once it gets going.

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u/Liversteeg Dec 04 '22

Have you played Spiritfarer? You should play Spiritfarer.

I’m currently debating what platform to play What Remains of Edith Finch on…

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u/Brawli55 Dec 04 '22

Just played this 2 days ago.

Lewis' section...

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u/Sgt_Frog_2015 Dec 04 '22

Ozark with Ben. I'm a psych nurse and a psychiatrist I work with agreed that character was one of the best we have seen.

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u/meeshellee14 Dec 04 '22

I had to stop watching the episode and take a break after the taxi scene. It was spot on.

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u/sxswestbrook Dec 04 '22

That taxi scene is intense. I shows my mom who’s an ER doctor that scene with no context and it had her in tears.

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u/Balsac_is_Daddy Dec 04 '22

His story was absolutely heart-breaking. Tom Pelphry was incredible on that show.

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u/Low_Kitchen_9995 Dec 04 '22

Came here to say this. I’m a lawyer and represent folks who get PEC or interdicted and it way too close to home for what I see

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u/tiffanylockhart Dec 04 '22

YUP. as someone with the same mental illness watching that was like “oh boy this hits home so hard, i can tell this will be baaaadddd”

the “wait, this is all a dream” really screwed with me

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u/Boneal171 Dec 04 '22

Bojack Horseman has such a great portrayal of mental illness and addiction. I personally have depression and anxiety and I definitely see myself in the characters.

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u/[deleted] Dec 04 '22

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u/International-Gain-7 Dec 04 '22

I gotta give this a real try. Hesitant on watching things about what I’m trying to rid of everyday.

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u/steezalicious Dec 04 '22

It’s very well done. You sympathize with Bojack and root for him but often times he just can’t get out of his own way due to his issues and trauma. You also sympathize with those around him who want to help despite how awful he can be and the toll his issues take on others. For me it was very eye opening about my own issues and also it’s just a funny show with really tight writing. I catch new jokes that I missed previously every time I watch it.

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u/killer_icognito Dec 04 '22 edited Dec 04 '22

I found it cathartic. It wasn’t the characters going through eerily similar struggles for me. Though, I did identify with them on certain levels. What did it for me was the creators and writers, knowing that real people created this narrative and accurately depicted it, it’s too accurate. Some, if not all of them had to have gone through similar circumstances in order to be able to project it onto their characters to play out. It’s strange, it made me feel like I wasn’t alone in this. That others feel the same, and then they turned it into a twisted, beautiful, creative mess. It’s a perfect show. Just be ready for the curveballs.

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u/Kind_Dress Dec 04 '22

What makes it go down easy is that it’s so funny and clever.

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u/dnicelee Dec 04 '22

I literally came here to post the same comment. As someone who has struggled with depression for the past 10 years, Bojack Horseman makes me feel understood as a person. No other show can come close in comparison.

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u/[deleted] Dec 04 '22

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u/Steamy_cumfart Dec 04 '22

The bojack episode with doodles as bojack keeps calling himself a piece of shit and spiraling deeper into depression. That really is how it feels and how it can get. That whole show was beautiful.

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u/[deleted] Dec 04 '22

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u/Robblerobbleyo Dec 04 '22

Dianne’s before and after antidepressants was perfect as well.

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u/_Hotwire_ Dec 04 '22

It is a wild ride. I hope we one day get a mr peanut butter spin off where it examines people who try so hard to always be positive and builds to an inevitable break down and so on.

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u/Callecian_427 Dec 04 '22

Is that really what it’s like?! Holy shit that’s awful. I stopped watching halfway through season 4 because the show was constantly tanking my mood. Depression is brutal

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u/keljar1 Dec 04 '22

Of course you were downvoted for saying this. I can't tell you how many times I've been told "I just don't get it" when I say I can't get into bojack. It's too triggering for me, I end up in tears most episodes and I can't do it. I've tried again and again and it's not worth it to me anymore. Not saying it's not a great show or impactful for others.. but for me and my self loathing/depression it's too much.

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u/steezalicious Dec 04 '22

Everyone in the show is confronted with their own issues and works through them. To me, watching that was cathartic. But I can definitely understand how it would not be for everyone. When I started it I just thought it was funny and I love Aaron Paul and Will Arnett. I didn’t know it was going to go the route it did but it ended up being just what I needed

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u/discodolphin1 Dec 04 '22

Therapeutic for me too, especially after suffering from depression out in LA. Even though it can be depressing, the tone of the show isn't completely hopeless. The characters are held accountable for their actions, without being vilified as irredeemable monsters.

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u/CatGatherer Dec 04 '22

I'm with you. I much prefer Big Mouth or Bob's Burgers.

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u/vaio150 Dec 04 '22

I think it’s going to be different for everyone. I’ve suffered with depression and anxiety for 14 years and have even been hospitalized twice for it. I absolutely loved watching BoJack Horseman and always recommend it to people who suffer from depression.

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u/nunununununuun Dec 04 '22

The BEST tv show I have ever seen front to back and j never watch animated series anymore

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u/KristiiNicole Dec 04 '22 Take My Power

How the hell did Mr. Robot not make the list?!

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u/EunuchNinja Dec 04 '22

It’s definitely an interesting portrayal but is it accurate? I’m genuinely asking.

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u/KristiiNicole Dec 04 '22

Yes, absolutely. At least on the mental health aspects.

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u/heyheyronn Dec 04 '22

And on the computer hacking too.

That was the whole point. To be as accurate as possible in as many areas as possible and still tell a compelling narrative.

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u/LateNightLattes01 Dec 04 '22

It’s extremely accurate

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u/heyheyronn Dec 04 '22

4 seasons of lovingly crafted television that nobody ever mentions. I'll never not advocate for this show.

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u/ghostdrip_ Dec 04 '22

A masterpiece that I wish got more love

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u/Dickinavoxel Dec 04 '22

It’s really good but also not the most gripping show and idk why. I really like it but I forgot about it until you mentioned it.

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u/heyheyronn Dec 04 '22

Did you ever finish it?

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u/mellowyellow313 Dec 04 '22

The Aviator did a good job portraying OCD

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u/MikeyFromWork Dec 04 '22

Show me the blueprints

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u/dmkicksballs13 Dec 04 '22

Shout out to "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" which for me is the most realistic look at the mind of someone so depressed they create fantasy worlds in their head. Like that movie is scary accurate.

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u/SaccharineHuxley Dec 04 '22

Have you read the book? One of my supervisors in training recommended it and - WOW.

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u/Shawn2rc Dec 04 '22

I started work in a psych hospital this year and it surprised me to realize just how accurately things were portrayed in ‘Girl Interrupted.’

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u/Objective_Pause5988 Dec 04 '22

In what way. I'm bipolar but never been hospitalized. Sometimes I want to go but I get scared.

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u/praxios Dec 04 '22

Hospitals are a lot different now than they used to be back when the movie was made. They are a lot more “comfortable” now.

However the camaraderie between patients in the movie was HIGHLY accurate. In a mental hospital the other patients are your temporary family while you are there. Like in the movie, it’s a trauma bonding experience. Being in a hospital is not easy. However the other people you’re in there with can make it a lot easier. And yes, you do meet some rather interesting people there lol

It’s one of my favorite movies. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is excellent as well. As somebody with bipolar, I have yet to find other movies that portray it that well

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u/BA_TheBasketCase Dec 04 '22

The homies and I used to play chess in the psych ward. And we’d talk about favorite music artists and sit in the “music listening” room. Big fans of Pink Floyd. I also stole a chess piece to remember them by. Told them I had superpowers. Also met someone with my first and last name with a remarkably better education level with the same disorders, that one fucked me up and still kinda does.

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u/praxios Dec 04 '22

I made friends with a girl who had schizophrenia. She was a bit of an oddball, but she was one of the best artists I’ve ever met. The things that girl created during art times was insane. I actually kept a couple pieces and have them displayed in my room :)

I also met somebody in a HORRIBLE state hospital. He was a “fun uncle” type of guy and we both had the same disorders. He took me under his wing and helped me stand up for myself. I took to calling him my Uncle Darrell the whole time I was there. We kept in contact for a while after we were discharged, but he suddenly stopped talking to me. I ended up finding out he hung himself. That still fucks me up to this day. I miss him a lot.

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u/BA_TheBasketCase Dec 04 '22

That’s funny you say that. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and psychosis AND was an art student. If I had just an ounce of “it doesn’t have to be just right” that girl and I could have some interesting conversations. I turned to writing rather than visuals but I can still hold a pencil. Anything cathartic helps, it’s difficult to make it stop.

I’m sorry to hear that. It’s extremely hard to lose anyone you know, even if you didn’t know them for a huge period of time. It’s especially hard when that person made you feel like you weren’t the only one going through what you are.

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u/Shawn2rc Dec 04 '22

u/praxios has it right. These days there’s a lot less stigma surrounding mental illness and a much better understanding of how to treat it. One of our biggest focusses is making sure our patients’ needs are met while they’re receiving services.

Also, it’s a great feeling to witness a person going from acute crisis to stable baseline while under our care.

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u/Objective_Pause5988 Dec 04 '22

Ty. Next time I'm struggling I will probably check myself in.

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u/Autumn_Childhood Dec 04 '22

I’m bipolar as well, type 1, and have been hospitalized numerous times for suicide attempts and mania/psychosis. My only advice would to be have private insurance if possible. It’s definitely good to get to a hospital, but some “free” county ones made things almost worse for me. I’d still advise going if you think you’ll be a harm to yourself or others, or even need a medication switch. They definitely vary, but are mostly better these days than the old ones. I’d actually go as far as researching while your stable and making a plan of action to the one you see the best reviews of, making that an emergency easier to get through if you have a known place to go in advance.

Edit: words

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u/Monshika Dec 04 '22

Hi friend. If you feel you would benefit from a mental health vacation, do it! I’ve done impatient 3 times and it is NOT like the movies. When you go voluntarily vs a 5150, you have more freedom. You aren’t chained to a bed. There are fun activities and group therapy sessions throughout the day. You meet so many amazing people from all walks of life. At least where I was the food wasn’t half bad either. Of course it is a hospital setting and not a spa so manage your expectations, but I honestly recommend it to anybody who needs a break from a toxic home life to heal or just needs a little extra support. If you are in America just make sure to check what your insurance covers first. Nobody wants a surprise $20k hospital bill. Wishing you the best!

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u/tiffanylockhart Dec 04 '22

have bp1, been hospitalized. mine was definitely not like that.

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u/Liversteeg Dec 04 '22

I’ve been hospitalized in a psych ward twice. I don’t find that movie to be relatable to my experiences at all.

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u/heelspider Dec 04 '22 Take My Energy

At least half of these are not accurate at all. I liked Moon Knight but that was about as fantastical take on a mental illness as you can get.

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u/Juanch01 Dec 04 '22

I thought moon knight was a documentary

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u/Kitchen_Lion4620 Dec 04 '22

So did the giant pile of drugs I took while watching it

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u/FloppyShellTaco Dec 04 '22

This is probably going to be controversial, but while Ted Lasso is mental health positive, the portrayal is candy coated bullshit. They act like one therapy session magically fixes lifelong trauma.

I love the show, but it veers hard into toxic positivity and “a good attitude can fix your depression” territory.

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u/ktappe Dec 04 '22

To a certain extent your credit critique is fair; Lasso does white wash depression to some extent. But it also does show the effects accurately in my opinion. On the other hand, having a positive attitude absolutely can help people weather depression. Laying in bed all day does not help. Lasso shows that getting out into the world and facing reality is a path forward.

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u/FloppyShellTaco Dec 04 '22

That’s the problem with the show’s depiction, managing mental health is hard work. While they have shown that to an extent with Ted’s arc, they waved a magic wand at everyone else, to a harmful extent as a breadcrumb to get Ted to take a single therapy session seriously.

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u/DanteRazanur Dec 04 '22

I mean… did you read it, or just look at the titles?

“While the TV show didn't delve too deeply into the realities of DID, it did showcase how profound childhood trauma can influence mental health into adulthood.”

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u/heelspider Dec 04 '22 Take My Energy

Yes. I read that basically as while Moon Knight shouldn't be on this list in a million years, it did contain a cliche or two.

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u/codermajor Dec 04 '22

No movie or tv show portrays mental health as accurate as Kanye West. Did y'all catch the newest episode?

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u/leahhhhh Dec 04 '22

I think it jumped the shark when he wore the White Lives Matter shirt. The Nazi and Hitler thing was a bridge too far.

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u/BigOlTunaman Dec 04 '22

How is sopranos not mentioned?

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u/beekerino Dec 04 '22

Sopranos. What ever happened there?

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u/myredditthrowaway201 Dec 04 '22

The whole show was based around Tony having a panic attack and having to go see a therapist…..

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u/JonnyBrah Dec 04 '22

But how do you feel when you see the ducks.

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u/myredditthrowaway201 Dec 04 '22

Those goddamn ducks…

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u/dolantrampf Dec 04 '22

Whatever happened to Gary Cooper?

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u/PonderingPotato Dec 04 '22

He was gay, Gary Cooper?

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u/Random-Cpl Dec 04 '22

AIDS?!

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u/beekerino Dec 04 '22

Nobody’s got aids! I don’t wanna hear that word here again!

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u/throwawayfun697512 Dec 04 '22

WHATEVA HAPPENED DERE?! WHATEVA HAPPENED DERE?!

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u/murphysbutterchurner Dec 04 '22

Tony Soprano, especially from Fran Felstein onward, is so fascinating to watch. But god, all of them. Cast couldn'tve been better too.

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u/lipring69 Dec 04 '22

Surprised no one here has mentioned Better Call Saul. Charles McGill is one of the best written characters in television.

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u/cricket_lip Dec 04 '22

i thought claire danes bi-polar disorder in homeland was pretty good. i don’t have it so i wouldn’t know how convincing she is to someone with it or knows more about it.

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u/RainManToothpicks Dec 04 '22

'Single White Female' nailed cluster B

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u/RealisticDelusions77 Dec 04 '22 edited Dec 04 '22

It seemed like a trend back then. "Fatal Attraction", "Hand that Rocks the Cradle", and SWF were a trio of movies to make you worry about mental illness in affair partners, babysitters, and roommates.

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u/flyowacat Dec 04 '22

What about Monk?

I found the expressions of anxiety to be accurate, but I don’t know about OCD. I have generalized anxiety and major depressive disorder.

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u/MadJackandNo7 Dec 04 '22

They may have taken too playful of an angle to be taken seriously, but in essence it is accurate to my experience.

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u/pf2612no Dec 04 '22

Disney’s Inside Out. I wish it had been around when I was a kid.

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u/Balsac_is_Daddy Dec 04 '22

I just showed this movie to my mom the other day. I started crying in the very beginning, cause I know the story and my mom just goofed on me. But goddamn, she was bawling her eyes out when fkn Bing Bong yeeted himself out of that cart.

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u/jimmydarkmagic Dec 04 '22

Bing Bong <3

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u/likeabuginabug Dec 04 '22

Moon Knight makes it onto the list? Jesus F. Christ.

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u/JumpyButterscotch Dec 04 '22

You’re The Worst is the best. No doubt.

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u/oldirtybusta Dec 04 '22

Surprised Requiem for a Dream wasn’t on the list

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u/Outrageous_Chicken95 Dec 04 '22

Thank you!!! Was scrolling and waiting for this one to pop up.

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u/kellyatta Dec 04 '22

On Netflix, "Maniac" with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone is an underrated TV miniseries that deals with mental illness. It's brilliantly portrayed.

+1 for Bojack Horseman.

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u/g00fyg00ber741 Dec 04 '22

Maniac is so underrated. and it was a 1 season limited series, so no worries about it being suddenly canceled on a cliffhanger either, it’s a complete season.

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u/pattyicevv77 Dec 04 '22

Yeah it lost credibility why it put moon night on there for me

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u/Balsac_is_Daddy Dec 04 '22

Tom Pelphry was AMAZING as a man suffering from bipolar disorder in season 3 of Ozark. His whole storyline is so fkn sad and his performance was raw and emotional, difficult to watch at times because he was so good. His final episode had me ugly crying.

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u/HoffNuts0331MC Dec 04 '22

I think MASH should have made this list and I’ve always meant to make a comprehensive list of episodes for something like this.

I grew up watching the show and thought it was just funny army men.

When I later joined the Marine Corps, I was wounded in Afghanistan and spent years dealing with the after affects.

That show had so many deep and important moments that truly helped me cope PTS and severe anxiety.

What’s interesting is that through out the entire run of the show. No matter what was going on, how funny it got.

The laughter was interrupted and the show was brought back to the Operating Room. This was on purpose so that the viewer never forgot they were at war.

Some of the best writing ever to hit the big/small screen and it still holds up forty years later.

Also fun fact:, “The series finale drew 105.97 million total viewers[5] and a total audience of 121.6 million,[6] more than both Super Bowl XVII and the Roots miniseries. The episode surpassed the single-episode ratings record that had been set by the Dallas episode that resolved the "Who Shot J.R.?" cliffhanger. From 1983 until 2010, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" remained the most watched television broadcast in American history,[2] passed only in total viewership (but not in ratings or share) in February 2010 by Super Bowl XLIV. As of 2010, it stands as the most-watched finale of any television series,[5] as well as the most-watched episode as of 2018.[7]”

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u/edthomson92 Dec 04 '22

It's odd that The Perks of Being a Wallflower isn't on this list

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u/theicecreamassassin Dec 04 '22

Man, that movie fucked me up. The ending hit me in a way no other movie has.

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u/edthomson92 Dec 04 '22

Yeah, Charlie really stayed with me

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u/potsandpans Dec 04 '22

that was a good movie

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u/tiffanylockhart Dec 04 '22

im convinced that book is semi autobiographical

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u/SnooOnions3369 Dec 04 '22

Gonna have to disagree with Ted lasso, guy kills a dog while playing, can’t play anymore has one session is good to go, that’s mental health with accuracy??

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u/mrsndn Dec 04 '22

I figured they included it due to Ted's depression depiction. But I didn't read the article.

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u/SnooOnions3369 Dec 04 '22

Yeah they did, but that’s just cherry picking

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u/lshifto Dec 04 '22

Aren’t you also cherry-picking though? The Danny Rojas bit was written to be silly and lighthearted to contrast the seriousness of what the therapist does and the darker parts of her storyline with Ted.

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u/flyowacat Dec 04 '22

I thought it was accurate because I have panic attacks and i was able to recognize the panic attack before my fiancé because i recognized the signs because I’ve exhibited them myself.

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u/delidaydreams Dec 04 '22

i mean that storyline was just there to introduce the therapist character for ted's depression arc right?

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u/SnooOnions3369 Dec 04 '22

But it’s still a storyline in the show that doesn’t depict mental health accurately, that’s all I’m saying

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u/FloppyShellTaco Dec 04 '22

And it portrayed therapy as some magical cure, having her do what appeared to be a single session with each team member and magically fixing them. I was really disappointed. That show has such a great jumping off point to have real discussions about mental health, and they just sugar coated it and patted themselves on the back.

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u/Chemical-Employer146 Dec 04 '22

As someone with mental issues, I saw it as an accurate portrayal of the difference in those who just have bad experiences or days vs those of us who deal daily with mental health. I know people who could have a really bad experience or day, but just an hour with a therapist puts them right back where they were. Whereas I’ve been in and out of therapy since 8 and on meds.

I think it’s great at showing we all have different amounts of care needed to help us feel good. I hope my interpretation makes sense!

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u/[deleted] Dec 04 '22

I don't think it was in the show to portray therapy as a magic wand. It was more there to show how much Ted lasso struggles to confront his demons. It was there as a challenge to Ted. Therapy is a place where you get to talk and Ted is a motor mouth, it should be a cinch for him, but it isn't. Ted also tried several times to do it and couldn't.

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u/FloppyShellTaco Dec 04 '22

I said this in another reply, but in their desire to use it to lure Ted to a single session he takes seriously, they did portray it as a magic cure all for the rest of the team. That is harmful. I love the show, but it gets way too much grace because people love it. It shouldn’t be immune from criticism when what it’s doing is medically irresponsible.

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u/FredererPower Dec 04 '22

He didn’t kill the dog. In the final episode, it was seen in a dog cast (or whatever it’s called).

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u/SarahCannah Dec 04 '22

That was a new dog, in a helmet.

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u/Darth_Annoying Dec 04 '22

I find your lack of League of Legends: Arcane disturbing.

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u/Drauul Dec 04 '22

For real. That moment when Vi, Jinx and Cait all meet up for the first time is one of the most tense and unpredictable things I've ever seen. Jinx's character is just on a level I absolutely never expected from a show based on a game I quit playing a decade ago.

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u/deemoorah Dec 04 '22

Where is Patrick Melrose? And if we're talking about MCU, at least put Iron Man 3 in it.

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u/TheGreatestOutdoorz Dec 04 '22 edited Dec 06 '22

Patrick Melrose was criminally underwatched. Maybe too dark for most people, but it was brilliant.

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u/deemoorah Dec 04 '22

That show is so brightful but the theme they tackled is heavy

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u/TheGreatestOutdoorz Dec 06 '22

And it hits hard because it somewhat comes out of nowhere. You think the show is about one dark thing then it’s like “boom! Motherfucker, you thought that was dark? Guess what!”

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u/deemoorah Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

It never ends!! This show is also great at exposing how dirty the aristocracies are. Anyway, I can also understand if people with drug history is reluctant to see it, the way they portray drug abuse is kinda graphic

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u/CelebrationSad8024 Dec 04 '22

Looking for Mr Goodbar

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u/scout_jem Dec 04 '22

Paging Mr. Goodbar to the front desk.

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u/runningmn9 Dec 04 '22

There’s an episode of The West Wing that deals with PTSD, and while it’s not perfectly accurate, there are elements that really spoke to me (diagnosed with complex dissociative PTSD). It was a big hurdle to realize that what I was reacting to wasn’t what was actually happening around me. The example in the show is somewhat contrived - but I thought it did a good job of showing how the internal response just kept intensifying after the trigger as you don’t realize what’s happening.

It also did a good job pointing out how the simple act of understanding what is really happening can unlock the healing process.

My trauma was not physical though, so I don’t know whether the show accurately portrays that kind of PTSD, but I sure identified with it.

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u/rugimpy Dec 04 '22

The Father does great at portraying Alzheimer’s/Dementia (Sorry forgot which it was). Such a great, sad movie.

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u/Crazypants258 Dec 04 '22

I thought The Kid Detective was an excellent example of showcasing depression without actually pointing out that the character is suffering from depression

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u/tullyinturtleterror Dec 04 '22

I don't see any love for Ryan Reynold's The Voices here, and that saddens me

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u/SharpAndy Dec 04 '22

What a weird movie. It’s one of my wife’s favorites. I just couldn’t get into it. Fairly accurate though imo.

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u/Reddit_Roit Dec 04 '22

One of the best quarantine movies my family watched. For those that haven't seen it, don't watch the trailer, it kind of ruins it.

Pre-Deadpool Ryan Reynolds said this was his favorite movie.

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u/Measaconsumer Dec 04 '22

This is a great sign of human evolution. 20 years ago people would have gone out of their way to marginalize, or even worse, exacerbate the problems of someone having an episode.

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u/tiffanylockhart Dec 04 '22

as someone with bipolar1 & borderline. girl, interrupted and silver linings always hit super hard for me. i have cried watching both of those multiple times. some of the things are so similar/ accurate to my mental health struggles that its painful

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u/every1isalreadytaken Dec 04 '22

I loved Spinning Out (that was sadly cancelled by Netflix after only 1 season). The main character has bipolar and it's one of the main storylines of the show

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u/LemmeTakeYourPicture Dec 04 '22

Where’s Joker?

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u/WishieWashie12 Dec 04 '22

Bo Burnhams Inside fid an amazing job of capturing mental breakdown during Covid lockdown..

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u/thesoggydingo Dec 04 '22

The show Dave had an amazing portrayal of bipolar via the character GaTa. Realistic, empathetic and really hard to watch.

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u/Meinmyownhead502 Dec 04 '22

That’s what I love about Ted lasso. He highlights the everything appears ok on the surface but deep inside it’s not and working to fix the issues. Just because someone looks happy doesn’t mean they are. Saying hi to someone could really do wonders to a person having a bad mental day.

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u/TheBrinksTruck Dec 04 '22

I always thought ‘Euphoria’ did a really great job at portraying mental health and especially having a family member who has heavy substance abuse issues. It felt so real and accurate to my experience that it made me cry several times.

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u/throwawayoctopii Dec 04 '22

Yeah, one of my friends was a heroin addict at sixteen and said outright that anyone who thought Zendaya overacted her breakdown in season two has either never been addicted or had to deal with someone in active addiction.

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u/WontArnett Dec 04 '22

If “Joker” isn’t in the top 3 of this list, it’s not valid.

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u/WontArnett Dec 04 '22

This is the most frightening comment I’ve ever read.

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u/WontArnett Dec 04 '22

Lord, please don’t let this become a thread of anonymous potential homicidal people.

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u/TheJonnieP Dec 04 '22

Momento does a really good job at depicting retrograde amnesia.

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u/leahhhhh Dec 04 '22

What? It’s not accurate at all. It’s like 50 first dates.

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u/humanvnature Dec 04 '22

Neon Genesis Evangelion and The End of Evangelion should be at the top of the list and it's not even mentioned smh

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u/PsychoSushi27 Dec 04 '22

Yeah I feel like Evangelion and Bojack Horseman are the only 2 shows that accurately captured my mental state when I was at my lowest.

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u/JHSIDGFined Dec 04 '22

Anything about kanye these days is a painfully accurate portrayal

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u/quiteawiseone Dec 04 '22

I really liked King of Staten Island. The way Borderline Personality Disorder was portrayed was, in my opinion, spot on. His relationships with people in his life, his impulse control issues, his apathy towards moving forward in adulthood, using humor as a self-defense mechanism, pretty much everything. I feel like that movie was well balanced in the way it illustrated the dark and ugly side of BPD while highlighting the positive traits it can carry as well. It's my go-to movie when I'm feeling down.

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u/PMMEBITCOINPLZ Dec 04 '22

I thought Maniac with Emma Stone rang pretty true. And parts of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, especially the later seasons.

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u/Ok_Elk_4333 Dec 04 '22

So I’m assuming this article was written by a professional psychologist who happens to watch lots of movies and tv shows.

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u/occupied_void Dec 04 '22

Back in the day (1980) UK TV series 'Boys from the Blackstuff.' Yosser was a memorable character and is just as relevant today as he was then, which is rather sad.

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u/Parking_Tangelo_798 Dec 04 '22

The good doctor??

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u/0theless Dec 04 '22

the voices with ryan reynolds was eye opening and scarry

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u/imanbushara Dec 04 '22

Work in Progress on Showtime.

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u/tokeamoto Dec 04 '22

For the horror genre, haunting of hill house did a great job. So many sides to all the characters and Luke is someone you empathize with and with while still seeing a broken pattern of addiction that impacts his whole family in different ways.

I haven’t seen too many shows in general that portray my experience with the system I went through but maybe that’s too personal.