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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    Derek Lamb, Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth

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    Jonathan Caouette, Michael Cox

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    Mark Hogancamp

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    Thin

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    Xavier Dolan, Jarvis Robinson Neall, Samuel Jacques

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    A Place for Paedophiles Louis Theroux

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    Running from Crazy

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    Flipping Out

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    John Lynch, Essie Davis, Sean Harris

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    Melissa Francis, James Farentino, Don Chastain

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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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    Are the Kids Alright?

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    Dialogues with Madwomen

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    Unknown White Male

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    Walk away Renée Dominic Gould, Jared Hutchinson, Jorge Torres-Torres

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    Multiple Personality: Reality and Illusion

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    Wretches & Jabberers

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    Silent Minority Nigel Evans

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    Children of the Stars

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

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    My Heart of Darkness

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    The Collector of Bedford Street

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    West 47th Street

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    Warrendale

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    Seven Dumpsters and a Corpse Thomas Haemmerli, Erik Haemmerli

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    Georgi and the Butterflies

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    Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse

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    Crazy

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    Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back

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    My Name Is Alan and I Paint Pictures

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    John's Not Mad

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

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    I'm Still Here: the Truth About Schizophrenia

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    Refrigerator Mothers

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    Poster Girl

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    Prisoner of Her Past Sonia Reich

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    Shadows and Illuminations

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    William Kurelek's the Maze

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    NCR: Not Criminally Responsible

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