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Films Fiction

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"Started in 1999, the psychmovies.com website has grown to include hundreds of films which deal with the portrayal of mental illness and its treatment. Some contain characters with mental disorders, some include mental health professionals, and others reflect dysfunctional family relationships. The accuracy of portrayal varies."


Films Illustrating Psychopathology (OTRP peer-reviewed resource, pdf, 2009)

"Author(s): Danny Wedding (University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine), Mary Ann Boyd (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), and Ryan Niemiec (Saint Louis University School of Medicine)

"Description: The following list of films includes brief descriptions of hundreds of films that can be used to illustrate various aspects of psychopathology for courses in Abnormal Psychology. The films are classified according to major category (e.g., anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance use disorders). Each film is rated on a 5-point scale using psi symbols; any film with a rating of 4 or 5 is likely to be enjoyed by students and psychologically relevant. Quotations from films are interspersed throughout the list. The experience of viewing these films will be enhanced if students watch them in small groups. The list is taken from the book Movies and Mental Illness (Wedding, Boyd & Niemiec, 2010)."  View this resource in the OTRP database.


Schizophrenia in Movies: Don't Believe Everything You See (Health Day, 7/13/2012)

"Patricia Owen...reviewed 41 English-language films released between 1990 and 2010 that featured at least one main character with schizophrenia. Owen found that 83 percent of those characters were portrayed as dangerous or violent to others or themselves. Almost one-third engaged in homicidal behavior, and one-quarter committed suicide, the researcher said."





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