Top 10 movies about Depression
American Beauty (1999)
Lester Burnham is slowly slipping into depression and his perfect life and perfect wife doesn’t seem perfect anymore. In this mess, he develops a crush on his daughter’s best friend, Angela and fantasizes about her sexually. This brings more problems in his terrible life and ends up to his death.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Set in the 1970s the Lisbon sisters- Theresa, Bonnie, Lux, Mary, and Cecilia are over-protected by their family. But when the youngest sister, Cecilia kills herself the drama begins. After her death, the Lisbon’s become more protective and in the end when the boys across the streets come to the remaining sisters, they’ve all killed themselves in some kind of a suicide pact.
Prozac Nation (2001)
This movie is about the struggle one faces every day of their life. It is about the life of a working-class woman, Elizabeth who struggles with drugs, sex, divorce and other problems because of her depressions, before the popularity of anti-depressants.
It’s kind of a funny story (2007)
Craig realizes that he is suicidal, so he voluntarily checks into a psychiatric ward to fix himself. Then he comes across other depressed beings whose conditions are way worse than his. The realization that there are people who are more damaged than him changes his whole perspective of life.
Suicide Room (2011)
Dominik is a lost and depressed teen who doesn’t have any friends. His parents are so busy with their success they don’t have time for him. As Dominik gets humiliated and laughed at for his homosexuality he sinks into further depression and locks himself away from the world. His whole world is now virtual where he meets a suicidal girl named Sylwia. Dominik ends up dying for overdosing.
Successful screenwriter Hudson Milbank suddenly feels strange and detached to the world both physically and emotionally. This behavior of his worries his fellow writer Tom and he suggests that he should consult some psychiatrist. After a lot a doctors and medications he meets Dr. Blaine and falls in love with her, but the doctor herself needs help.
The perks of being a Wallflower (2012)
15-year-old Charlie begins high school for the first time after his best friend kills himself last years. He doesn’t have any friends; he relies on his medications because he can’t stop thinking and when he thinks he can’t stop crying. As he befriends a group of friendly but misfit seniors who help him go through the year he realizes he was sexually abused by his dead aunt when he was a kid.
Veronika decides to die (2009)
Tired of his lonely and empty life, Veronika tries to end her life by overdosing. But she fails and ends up in a mental hospital. But she has only a couple of weeks to live because the overdosing has a terrible effect on her heart. Wanting to die and waiting for the death leaves her more depressed; and that’s when she meets a fellow patient, Edward who reawakens her will to live.
When a person suffers from depression, their whole family suffers with them. This is perfectly displayed in this movie. When the father is tired of caring for the mother who is suffering from chronic depression and dementia he gives up, they get divorced. As a result, the mother ends up trying to kill herself. Later when the pressure of taking care comes to the daughters, she vents out stress and anger towards their mother.
This movie is my personal favorite. It perfectly depicts how you can have everything you want and still feel empty. Helen has a perfect life, a loving husband, and a daughter; but behind a happy life, she is hiding her depression from everyone. As she sees happy people around her she feels more lonely and empty. And her illness doesn’t stay hidden for too long.