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The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

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There are a number of documentaries out there that discuss mental illnesses, including depression, suicide, autism, and insomnia. Documentaries are great educational pieces that can be extremely informative. The best documentaries about mental illnesses approach their given topics by presenting multiple sides of the issues and offering practical solutions. What are the best documentaries about mental illness?
 
A person who’s suffering from a mental illness can be hard to understand. Many display irrational behaviors and thinking patterns that isolate them from the rest of the world. For family members and friends who know a loved one suffering from an illness of this type, a relationship can be incredibly difficult to navigate without better understanding. A documentary about mental illness can help identify medical reasons for mental disorders, and offer a sense of connection through understanding the associated symptoms more easily.
 
This list discusses the best documentary films discussing mental illness, including: The Horse Boy, Ryan, Tarnation, Happy, Let There Be Light, Isolation, Other Voices, Flipping Out, Walk Away Renee, Warrendale, and My Heart of Darkness. 

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    The Devil and Daniel Johnston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness
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    Ryan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Derek Lamb, Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth

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    Titicut Follies is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness
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    Marwencol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Mark Hogancamp

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    Tarnation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Jonathan Caouette, Michael Cox

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    A Place for Paedophiles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    A Place for Paedophiles Louis Theroux

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    Flipping Out is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Flipping Out

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    The Horse Boy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness
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    Lipsett Diaries is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Xavier Dolan, Samuel Jacques, Jarvis Robinson Neall

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    Running from Crazy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Running from Crazy

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    Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Melissa Francis, James Farentino, Don Chastain

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    Multiple Personality: Reality ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Multiple Personality: Reality and Illusion

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    Isolation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Ruth Negga, Essie Davis, Sean Harris

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    A Summer in the Cage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness
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    Other Voices is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Other Voices Stockard Channing, Mary McCormack, Rob Morrow

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    Tourettes: I Swear I Can't Hel... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Tourettes: I Swear I Can't Help It

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    Are the Kids Alright? is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Are the Kids Alright?

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    You're Gonna Miss Me is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Billy Gibbons, Roky Erickson

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    Unknown White Male is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Unknown White Male

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    Zelal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Zelal

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    Dialogues with Madwomen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Dialogues with Madwomen

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    My Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    My Heart of Darkness

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    Wretches & Jabberers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

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    Silent Minority is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Silent Minority Nigel Evans

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    Children of the Stars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Children of the Stars

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    Dominic Gould, Jared Hutchinson, Jorge Torres-Torres

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    The Collector of Bedford Stree... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    The Collector of Bedford Street

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    Seven Dumpsters and a Corpse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Seven Dumpsters and a Corpse Thomas Haemmerli, Erik Haemmerli

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    Warrendale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Warrendale

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    West 47th Street is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    West 47th Street

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    A Reason to Live is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    A Reason to Live Peter Fonda, Ricky Schroder, Tracey Gold

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    Happy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Happy

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    Alien Boy: the Life and Death ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse

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    I'm Still Here: the Truth Abou... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    I'm Still Here: the Truth About Schizophrenia

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    Crazy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Crazy

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    Recovered: Journeys Through th... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back

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    Stephen Fry: The Secret Life o... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

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    Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

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    Reminiscences is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

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    Georgi and the Butterflies is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Georgi and the Butterflies

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    First Kill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness
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    Out of the Shadow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Out of the Shadow Terence Longdon, Donald Gray, Dermot Walsh

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    My Name Is Alan and I Paint Pi... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness
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    Normal People Scare Me is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Normal People Scare Me

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    Poster Girl is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Poster Girl

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    Prisoner of Her Past is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

    Prisoner of Her Past Sonia Reich

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