5 Movies That Accurately and Honestly Depicted BPD

Scene from the movies Girl, Interrupted.
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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.

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