List of mental disorders in film

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This is a list of films which have portrayed mental disorders.

Inclusion in this list is based upon the disorder as it is portrayed in the canon of the film, and does not necessarily reflect the diagnosis or symptoms in the real world.



Anterograde amnesiaEdit

A person with anterograde amnesia is unable to form new memories.

Lacunar amnesiaEdit

Lacunar amnesia is the loss of memory about one specific event.

Psychogenic amnesiaEdit

"Psychogenic amnesia, also known as dissociative amnesia, is memory loss caused by psychological stress."

Retrograde amnesiaEdit

A much-used plot device, retrograde amnesia occurs when a person forgets part or all of his or her past.

Antisocial personality disorderEdit

(Antisocial Personality Disorder should also include psychopathy and sociopathy.)


(Autism is also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder and in the past has had a subtype called Aspergers Syndrome. The spectrum can overlap with Savant syndrome and Prosopagnosia.)

Bipolar DisorderEdit

Borderline Personality DisorderEdit

(Borderline Personality Disorder is also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder)


Conduct disorderEdit

Conversion DisorderEdit

(Conversion Disorder used to be referred to as Hysteria)


Alzheimer's diseaseEdit

Parkinson's diseaseEdit

Dependent personality disorderEdit

Dissociative identity disorderEdit

(Dissociative identity disorder has also been known as Multiple Personality Disorder or Split Personality. Not to be confused with schizophrenia)

Eating disordersEdit

Folie à deuxEdit

"Recent psychiatric classifications refer to the syndrome as shared psychotic disorder (DSM-IV) (297.3) and induced delusional disorder (F24) in the ICD-10."


Munchausen syndrome by proxyEdit

Narcissistic personality disorderEdit

Obsessive–compulsive disorderEdit

Obsessive–compulsive personality disorderEdit

Paranoid personality disorderEdit

Passive–aggressive personality disorderEdit


Posttraumatic stress disorderEdit


Schizoaffective disorderEdit

Schizoid personality disorderEdit


(Schizophrenia including Paranoid Schizophrenia. Not to be confused with Dissociative Identity Disorder)



"Also known as Stammering or Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder."

Substance/Medication-Induced Psychotic DisorderEdit

Substance use disordersEdit

"Drugs listed from most addictive, harmful or destructive to least (from most to least dangerous, based on a 2007 scientific research study."[47]

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