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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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, also known as dissociative 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]


Obsessive–compulsive disorder[edit]

Post-traumatic stress disorder[edit]

Social anxiety disorder[edit]

Autism spectrum disorders[edit]

Mood disorders[edit]

Bipolar Disorder[edit]

Major Depressive Disorder[edit]


Conduct disorder[edit]

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



Alzheimer's disease[edit]

Dissociative disorders[edit]

See also psychogenic amnesia (dissociative amnesia)

Eating disorders[edit]


Pervasive Developmental Disorders[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]

Paranoid personality disorder[edit]

Schizoaffective disorder[edit]


Substance use disorder[edit]

Drugs listed from most addictive, harmful or destructive to least (from most to least dangerous, based on a 2007 scientific research study[10]):

Miscellaneous and unspecified[edit]

See also[edit]


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