All my life I have loved movies. Movies are great for seeing the future of the what is coming soon to a world near you.
I have always ran to movies as:
Turns out that my love for movies was more than just a thing I did because I love movies. My wife is going to school to become a licensed therapist. She just recently came to me and told me that she is reading about something called Cinema Therapy.
It seems that I was correct all these years that movies are a great way to not only learn about Avoidant Personality and related conditions, but to learn ways to cope with it and even find some healing from it.
What I have done here is give you some home work to do.
Below you will find some very good movies that deal with various conditions. I highly recommend watching these and learning about who you are and others just like you.
Melvin, played by Jack Nicolson, is an Obsessive Compulsive, but also seems to have other issues as well.
It is a very good portrayal of Melvin's attempt to fit into normal society. and get along with people.
He fails at miserably until he finds a woman that in his words:
"You make me want to be a better man".
This is comedy, but is a very good portrayal of a mental condition. I am not sure what Bob has, but he is afraid of leaving his apartment, and has several other very interesting issues
An excellent movie about a girl that spends 18 months in a mental institution. I do not know what disorder the girl has, but she has issues dealing with reality.
Rain Man is an excellent movie about a man that is an autistic savant.
This is an excellent documentary that was pretty slow to get started. In fact, I almost turned it off several times. If you are able to get through some issues like this, you will be rewarded.
It is a movie about a woman that moved into an empty house and documented her struggles with mental illness. She was afraid of going outside and of people.
She went to a mental hospital, but they botched her diagnoses and did not treat her, because she refused the treatment.
She documented all her struggles and her death as a homeless person. that was abandoned by society.
I have not watched this one, but Nash as a mathematical genius and cryptographer but also struggled with many issues dealing with life.
This is an excellent movie about a man that is a con artist He is also an obsessive-compulsive agoraphobe. He meets what he think is his daughter and finds the strength to overcome his disorder eventually getting married and leading a normal life.
This movie is about a young person that struggles with life. He voluntarily checks himself into a mental hospital where he finds help through a friend and a girl that is also there.
This movie is not about a mental disorder, but this part of the movie is about the husband of Roxie Hart. He feels like he is invisible because no one even notices him., which is classic symptom of Avoidant Personality Disorder (Avpd).
If you want to get inside the mind of someone that has Avoidance, or another Mental Condition, this is the part of this movie that you need to watch.
A dark movie, but one that might be worth watching. It is about a man that has decided to drink himself to death.
This is a very good movie about a woman that is dealing with early onset Alzheimer’s
This is not a movie. It is a TV show, gut the main character has some very intense issues that he deals with over the course of the series. Many of the episodes deal with these issues, but one of the most telling is the 2 part Season 6 opener called Broken.
This is one of Kevin Spacey's best works. Kevin plays a man that went through something horrible. The twist here is that he thinks he is an Alien and knows things that no one on earth knows.
We go through the entire movie never knowing if he is an actual alien, or he has a mental disorder.
This is one of Robin William's best. Middle aged Sy Parrish works as a technician at a one hour photo lab located in a SavMart store in a suburban mall. Sy is a lonely man, never having had any friends. He knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed.
But he knows more about the Yorkin family - specifically Nina Yorkin and her adolescent son Jake Yorkin, the two in the family who drop off and pick up the family's photofinishing - the family about whom he is obsessed, than anyone else. Nina's husband, Will Yorkin, is incidental to his obsession since Sy has only seen him in photographs.
Sy's obsession includes fantasizing about being their favorite "Uncle Sy". He has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of their photographs since Jake was a newborn. After an incident at work and after Sy finds out more about the family through a set of photographs, he decides to right the injustices he sees in the only way he knows how. His actions demonstrate his true mental state
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
Aging King George III of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day.
An excellent movie about a guy that went through a very traumatic event., which is an all too common story, but the story takes on some very interesting twists and it also gives some great insights into homelessness.
He saw his wife get murdered. His mind could not handle it, so he withdrew into homelessness and into a fantasy world where he felt compelled to find the cup of Jesus Christ. Otherwise known as the Holy Chalice or Holly Grail.
When this movie 1st came out, it was groundbreaking. It is about a Therapist that takes on a child that is having issues dealing with life.
Later we learn some very very interesting things about the therapist and the boy.
The boy udders that famous line; "I see Dead People."
Vertigo is an old Hitchcock movie, but it is still one of the best movies about personal demons.
"A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman."
Give customers a I have not watched these movies, so I cannot attest to how good, or bad they might be, or if they pertain to mental disorders. I have received suggestions of these movies, so please let me know if you have seen these, if they are any good, and if you have any other suggestions.
If you want a glimpse of the future, or what it might become, watch a movie. If you want to see a glimpse of Mental Health, and how to cope with it, watch a movie.
If you are a normal, and want to know what is like inside the mind of someone that has Avoidance, or another mental condition, watch a movie!
We are a society of movies and visual learners. Movies can help you learn, and see the world through the eyes of people that are mentally ill!
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