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Considering the Role of Mental Illness in Movies

Considering the Role of Mental Illness in Movies
The recent release of the movie “Split” has re-ignited discussion among mental health professionals regarding the role of mental illness in entertainment, and the misrepresentation that often occurs. Concerns about this movie include the portrayal of someone with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) as a kidnapper and murderer. In 2015, the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI) identified 7 movies considered to be good representations of mental illness. To see the list and a brief description of each, click here.
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Aarika V. White, Ph.D., HSPP
Comprehensive MedPsych Systems, Inc. – Indianapolis
Chair, IPA Communications Committee
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