The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness Films

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
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    Ryan

    Derek Lamb, Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth

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    Titicut Follies
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    Marwencol

    Mark Hogancamp

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    Tarnation

    Jonathan Caouette, Michael Cox

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    A Place for Paedophiles Louis Theroux

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    Flipping Out

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    The Horse Boy
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    Lipsett Diaries

    Xavier Dolan, Samuel Jacques, Jarvis Robinson Neall

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    Running from Crazy

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    Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love

    Melissa Francis, James Farentino, Don Chastain

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    Multiple Personality: Reality and Illusion

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    Isolation

    Ruth Negga, Essie Davis, Sean Harris

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    A Summer in the Cage
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    Other Voices Stockard Channing, Mary McCormack, Rob Morrow

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    Tourettes: I Swear I Can't Help It

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    Are the Kids Alright?

    Are the Kids Alright?

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    You're Gonna Miss Me

    Billy Gibbons, Roky Erickson

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    Unknown White Male

    Unknown White Male

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    Zelal

    Zelal

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    Dialogues with Madwomen

    Dialogues with Madwomen

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    My Heart of Darkness

    My Heart of Darkness

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    Wretches & Jabberers

    Wretches & Jabberers

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    Silent Minority Nigel Evans

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    Children of the Stars

    Children of the Stars

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    Dominic Gould, Jared Hutchinson, Jorge Torres-Torres

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    The Collector of Bedford Street

    The Collector of Bedford Street

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    Seven Dumpsters and a Corpse

    Seven Dumpsters and a Corpse Thomas Haemmerli, Erik Haemmerli

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    Warrendale

    Warrendale

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    West 47th Street

    West 47th Street

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

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    Happy

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    Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse

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    I'm Still Here: the Truth About Schizophrenia

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    Crazy

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    Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back

    Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back

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    Reminiscences

    Reminiscences

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    Georgi and the Butterflies

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    My Name Is Alan and I Paint Pictures
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    First Kill
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    Out of the Shadow

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

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    Normal People Scare Me

    Normal People Scare Me

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    Prisoner of Her Past

    Prisoner of Her Past Sonia Reich

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    Poster Girl

    Poster Girl

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    Whole

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    Shadows and Illuminations

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