The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness Films
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The Best Documentaries About Mental Illness

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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    A Place for Paedophiles

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    Thin

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    Other Voices

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    Are the Kids Alright?

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    Dialogues with Madwomen

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    Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse

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    Out of the Shadow

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    I'm Still Here: the Truth About Schizophrenia

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    Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back

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    John's Not Mad

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    Walk away Renée

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    A Reason to Live

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    The Collector of Bedford Street

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    Warrendale

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    Whole

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    Shadows and Illuminations

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    A Journal of Insomnia

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    The Social Seminar

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