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Best Mental Illness Movies, Shows & Documentaries

So far, we’ve given you some great movies, documentaries and shows to watch on Netflix that are about addiction and eating disorders. It would also be nice to know some titles that are about mental illness; so I’ve thought of the 10 best movies/documentaries/shows on Netflix about Mental Illness.

1. OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie

This documentary is about Bud Clayman, whose ambition to become a filmmaker was disrupted in college when he was diagnosed with a mental illness that overwhelmed him. 30 years later he was able to overcome this hurdle and made a documentary about his difficulties to achieve his dreams.

2. Prozac Nation

This movie is based on the memoir of Elizabeth Wurtzel. It stars Christina Ricci who is playing a girl who is on the edge of losing her grasp on life after she leaves her emotionally unstable home for college and her psychiatrist prescribes her Prozac.

3. Of Two Minds

Merging together the stories of numerous interesting Americans living with bipolar disorder, this documentary explores their successful highs, miserable lows and struggles to live in a culture that doesn’t always understand them.

4. Augustine

When a teenager named Augustine is diagnosed as hysteric and confined in a hospital for the mentally ill in 1885, she becomes the pet patient of prominent neurologist Professor Charcot in this performance based on the actual relationship between the two.

5. Wilfred

This show, which was adapted from the Australian TV series, is an alternative comedy that follows the bizarre experiences of Ryan. Ryan is an extremely depressed man who becomes convinced that his neighbor’s dog is really a man wearing a costume.

6. High Anxiety

This movie, made in 1977, is about psychiatric administrator Dr. Thorndyke who finds some strange shenanigans taking place at the Psychoneurotic Institute for the exceptionally nervous. When Dr. Thorndyke is framed for a murder, he must confront his own neurotic demons to clear his name.

7. Strange Voices

Lynn and Dave Glover are trying to toughen their unraveling family union and convince their resistant college-aged daughter Nikki to consent to treatment as she rapidly begins acting erratically and is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

8. 6 Souls

In this creepy thriller, a forensic psychiatrist who has spent her profession uncovering cases of multiple personality disorder must think outside the box when she takes on a patient whose several identities are those of murder victims.

9. Side Effects

Emily deals with with her depression by taking antidepressant medication. But when her horrible state apparently twists out of control due to her husband’s prison discharge, she turns to a different medication that changes her life forever.

10. United States of Tara

Artist and mom Tara Gregson has her hands full managing her career, her kids and a major case of dissociative identity disorder. This show follows Tara’s fight to find her real self while keeping her six others straight.

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