Learn more about how BPD affects those around us by watching a documentary about the disorder this month, which is an excellent time to start looking into some options.
Despite the fact that there is less stigma attached to mental health difficulties than there was in the past, many Americans are still afraid and properly so to openly discuss their mental health issues. They are afraid of being ostracized at work because of their mental health issues.
In reality, there are many millions of people in the United States who are suffering from mental illness. It is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month in May, as declared by the United States Congress.
This is the ideal moment to address the challenges of this disorder, learn about how it impacts others, and celebrate the recovery of those who have been affected by this illness. The symptoms and traits related with BPD can be better understood by watching BPD movies.
BPD is a mental illness that makes it difficult for sufferers to control their thoughts and feelings. They may be more prone to sadness, anxiety, or having a negative self-perception. Without treatment, many people with BPD find it difficult to return to their usual selves. Also, it is far more prevalent than most people know.
It is estimated that 1.4 percent of the population suffers from BPD, and that percentage is likely underreported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
When we take a look at popular culture, the prevalence of borderline personality disorder becomes even more understandable. Having BPD and overcoming it can be a lifelong struggle, therefore the prevalence of BPD stories in Hollywood films comes as no surprise.
1. Uncut Gems (2019)
It’s been said that Uncut Gems is a “two-hour panic attack movie.” Howard Ratner, played by Adam Sandler, is a jeweler and compulsive gambler who works and lives in Manhattan.
Despite the fact that Ratner is never diagnosed with BPD directly in the plot, he exhibits many of the emotional characteristics that cause so much havoc in his life and the lives of those around him.
2. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
The setting of Girl, Interrupted is a 1960s mental institution in a period piece.
Susana Kaysen, played by Winona Ryder, is admitted to the hospital for bipolar disorder and comes under the spell of Lisa Rowe, played by Angelina Jolie.
A choice must be made between her friendship with Rowe and her own healing from borderline personality disorder as the novel progresses.
3. Welcome to Me (2014)
Kristen Wiig plays Alice Klieg, a lady with bipolar disorder (BPD) who wins the lottery and becomes a multi-millionaire in the comedy Welcome to Me.
Klieg, fed up with the attention she’s receiving, decides to stop taking her medication and buy her own nationally syndicated talk show, Welcome to Me, with her winnings.
4. Silver Linings Playbook (2014)
As Pat Solatano, the character portrayed by Bradley Cooper, returns to live with his family following a stay in the hospital due to his bipolar disorder.
After developing a volatile relationship with Tiffany Maxwell, who exhibits all the typical indicators of borderline personality disorder, his family gets concerned.
For her performance as Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence won an Academy Award for Best Actress.
5. Prozac Nation (2001)
It is based on Elizabeth Wurtzel’s landmark memoir, Prozac Nation.
Young Harvard freshman Christina Ricci stars in the drama about her struggle to overcome addiction, self-doubt, sadness and impulse control.
She died of cancer in January 2020, but her courage and openness in speaking and writing about her battles with mental health have endured.
6. One Hour Photo (2002)
By way of her family photos, Sy Parrish (Robin Williams) has developed a romantic relationship with one of his female customers at the mall-based photo lab where he works.
When Parrish discovers what he perceives to be evidence that her husband is cheating on her in one of the images, his mental condition changes.
As Parrish continues to shadow the family and secretly photograph them, the film becomes much more dramatic.