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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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    Derek Lamb, Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth

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    Mark Hogancamp

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    Jonathan Caouette, Michael Cox

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    Flipping Out

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    Running from Crazy

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    A Place for Paedophiles Louis Theroux

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    Xavier Dolan, Samuel Jacques, Jarvis Robinson Neall

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    Multiple Personality: Reality and Illusion

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    Ruth Negga, Essie Davis, Sean Harris

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    Melissa Francis, James Farentino, Don Chastain

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    Are the Kids Alright?

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    Tourettes: I Swear I Can't Help It

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    Other Voices Stockard Channing, Mary McCormack, Rob Morrow

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    Billy Gibbons, Roky Erickson

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    Unknown White Male

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    My Heart of Darkness

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    Dominic Gould, Jared Hutchinson, Jorge Torres-Torres

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

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    Silent Minority Nigel Evans

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    Wretches & Jabberers

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    Children of the Stars

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    Zelal

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    West 47th Street

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    Seven Dumpsters and a Corpse Thomas Haemmerli, Erik Haemmerli Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Warrendale

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    The Collector of Bedford Street

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    Dialogues with Madwomen

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    Happy

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    I'm Still Here: the Truth About Schizophrenia

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    Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse

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    Georgi and the Butterflies

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

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    Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back

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    Poster Girl

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    Refrigerator Mothers

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    Normal People Scare Me

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    Prisoner of Her Past Sonia Reich

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