5 Movies About Borderline Personality Disorder That Got It RIGHT
Films that got it right.
Portraying a character or characters in a movie who have a mental illness like borderline personality disorder can be difficult, especially when you don't want to convey the wrong message.
With movies like Fatal Attraction that completely demonize the disorder, it can be hard for people with BPD to not feel stigmatized. We are here to tell you that we finally found some films that depict borderline personality disorder accurately and honestly.
Understanding the diagnoses for yourself or a loved one can be overwhelming, but these films might help explain what symptoms look like and what someone with BPD might be feeling.
1. Girl, Interrupted
Starring: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea Duvall, Brittany Murphy
This movie revolves around young women who have been checked into a mental institution for their mental illnesses. Susanna is checked into the mental institution by her parents for her "behavior," but is then later diagnosed with BPD.
2. Margot at the Wedding
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black
Margot has been recently diagnosed with BDP. Now she has to attend her estranged sister's wedding. While the sisters hope to reconcile their differences over this visit, Margot also tries to convince her sister not to get married.
3. Welcome to Me
Starring: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini
Alice has recently won the lottery. She then buys a talk show which she uses as her own platform to share her opinions and talk about herself. Alice is also living with BPD and has recently stopped taking her medication.
4. Prozac Nation
Starring: Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Elizabeth has just started Harvard and, along with her course load, she has to deal with her BPD and depression. Based on a novel, this college freshman has to deal with the effects of her parent's divorce, her overbearing mother, drugs, and sex.
5. The Hours
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep
Three women, during different times, are affected by the novelMrs. Dalloway. All women deal with depression, thoughts of suicide, and are living with BPD.