List of films featuring mental disorders

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Many films have portrayed mental disorders or used it as a backdrop for other themes. Here is a list of some of these films, sorted by disorder, regardless of whether the disorder is portrayed accurately or not. For example, although 50 First Dates presents a case of anterograde amnesia, the type depicted does not really exist. In particular, 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 person with that disorder. For example, people with agoraphobia are typically portrayed in drama as recluses who never or almost never leave their homes; in reality, this is rare and extreme, not typical, among the agoraphobic population.

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Amnesia[edit]

Anterograde amnesia[edit]

A person with anterograde amnesia is unable to form new memories.

Retrograde amnesia[edit]

A much-used plot device, retrograde amnesia occurs when a person forgets part or all of his or her past.

Psychogenic amnesia[edit]

Psychogenic amnesia is memory loss caused by psychological stress.

Lacunar amnesia[edit]

Lacunar amnesia is the loss of memory about one specific event.

Anxiety disorders[edit]

Agoraphobia[edit]

Obsessive–compulsive disorder[edit]

Post-traumatic stress disorder[edit]

Social anxiety disorder[edit]

Autism spectrum disorders[edit]

Bipolar disorder[edit]

Clinical depression[edit]

Conduct disorder[edit]

Delusional disorder and other psychotic disorders not otherwise specified[edit]

Erotomania[edit]

Dementia[edit]

Alzheimer's disease[edit]

Dissociative disorders[edit]

Eating disorders[edit]

Hypersexuality[edit]

Learning disabilities[edit]

Pedophilia[edit]

Personality disorders[edit]

Antisocial personality disorder[edit]

Avoidant personality disorder[edit]

Borderline personality disorder[edit]

Histrionic personality disorder[edit]

Narcissistic personality disorder[edit]

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder[edit]

Schizoid personality disorder[edit]

Schizoaffective disorder[edit]

Schizophrenia[edit]

Substance use disorder[edit]

Drugs listed from most addictive, harmful or destructive to least (from left [most dangerous] to right [least dangerous]; based on a 2007 scientific research study[5]):

  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - Cocaine, alcohol, methaqualone
  • Flight (2012) - Heroin, cocaine, alcohol
  • On the Road (2012) - Morphine, amphetamines, alcohol, cannabis
  • Enter the Void (2008) - Methamphetamine, cocaine, alcohol, MDMA, LSD, cannabis
  • Across the Universe (2007) - Morphine, LSD, cannabis
  • Candy (2006) - Heroin/Morphine, methadone, MDMA, cannabis
  • The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down (2006) - Heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, MDMA, Viagra, cannabis
  • Love is the Drug (2006) - Cocaine, hydrocodone, alcohol, codeine, Viagra, cannabis
  • Factory Girl (2006) - Heroin, amphetamines, oxycodone, hydrocodone, temazepam, lorazepam, cannabis
  • Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005) - Morphine, cocaine, alcohol, cannabis
  • One Perfect Day (2004) - Morphine, amphetamines, codeine, temazepam, MDMA, cannabis
  • Party Monster (2003) - Heroin, cocaine, ketamine, MDMA, LSD
  • Wonderland (2003) - Methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, methaqualone (Quaaludes), cannabis
  • Spun (2002) - Methamphetamine, amphetamine
  • The Salton Sea (2002) - Methamphetamine, alcohol
  • The Loser Takes It All (2002) - Alcohol
  • Pure (2002) - Heroin, cocaine, alcohol, cannabis
  • 24 Hour Party People (2002) - Heroin, cocaine, methadone, MDMA
  • Bully (2001) - Methamphetamine, LSD, cannabis
  • Blow (2001) - Cocaine, alcohol, LSD, cannabis
  • Hannibal (2001) - Morphine, temazepam, midazolam, chloroform
  • American Psycho (2000) - Cocaine, alcohol, temazepam, triazolam, alprazolam, MDMA, cannabis
  • Traffic (2000) - Heroin, cocaine, cannabis
  • In Vanda's Room (2000) - Heroin
  • Almost Famous (2000) - Hydrocodone (Vicodin), methaqualone (Quaaludes), LSD, cannabis
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000) - Heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, barbiturates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, MDMA, LSD, cannabis
  • 28 Days (2000) - Oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, benzodiazepines
  • Magnolia (1999) - Morphine, cocaine, MDMA
  • Cruel Intentions (1999) - Cocaine, alcohol
  • Broken Vessels (1999) - Methamphetamine, heroin
  • Jesus' Son (1999) - Heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, opium, alcohol, diazepam, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas(1998) - Heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, opium, barbiturates, alcohol, inhalants, mescaline, LSD, cannabis
  • Gia (1998) - Heroin, cocaine, alcohol
  • Playing God (1997) - Morphine, fentanyl, amphetamines
  • Trainspotting (1996) - Heroin/Morphine, dextromoramide, amphetamines, cocaine, pethidine/meperidine (Demerol), opium, methadone, pentobarbital, amobarbital, alcohol, buprenorphine, temazepam, diazepam, phenobarbital, MDMA, cannabis
  • The Basketball Diaries (1995) - Heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, barbiturates, alcohol, inhalants, cannabis
  • The Crow (1994) - Morphine, cocaine, alcohol, cannabis
  • Ed Wood (1994) - Morphine
  • Fresh (1994) - Heroin, Cocaine, Alcohol
  • Jungle Fever (1991) - Cocaine
  • New Jack City (1991) - Cocaine
  • Rush (1991) - Heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, cannabis
  • Drugstore Cowboy (1989) - Morphine, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, amphetamines, cocaine, alcohol, temazepam, triazolam, flurazepam, diazepam lorazepam, LSD
  • Sid and Nancy (1986) - Heroin, cocaine, methadone
  • 8 Million Ways to Die (1986) - Alcohol
  • Scarface (1983) - Heroin, cocaine, methaqualone (Quaaludes)
  • Veronika Voss (1982) - Opiates
  • Christiane F. (1981) - Heroin, PCP, methaqualone (Mandrax/Quaaludes), alcohol, temazepam, diazepam, MDMA, cannabis
  • More (1969) - Heroin, amphetamines, barbiturates, alcohol (absinthe), cannabis
  • Valley of the Dolls (1967) - Amphetamines (Dexedrine), pethidine/meperidine (Demerol), barbiturates (pentobarbital, secobarbital, amobarbital)
  • Monkey on My Back (1957) - Morphine
  • The Lost Weekend (1945) - Alcohol

Miscellaneous and unspecified[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brothers (2009 film)
  2. ^ "Examining the Personality of Patrick Bateman of American Psycho". 
  3. ^ "Shame (2011) Plot keywords". 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Nutt, D; King LA; Saulsbury W; Blakemore C (24 March 2007). "Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse.". The Lancet 369 (9566): 1047–1053. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60464-4. PMID 17382831. Retrieved 3 November 2013.