I set down six characters who have mental illness in films. These characters don’t let their mental illness stop them from doing so many things. They get through their illness before, during, and afterwards. Here are the six characters living with mental illness:
1. Susanna Kaysen; Girl, Interrupted
Susanna was institutionalized after hurting herself. She found out she has borderline personality disorder. She later learned to manage with it. She makes friends in the institution, including one who holds a rough history, including breaking out of the institution.
2&3. Carla and Marco; Touched With Fire
Carla and Marco first met in a psychiatric hospital and fell in love. They’re both living with bipolar disorder and poets.
4. Patrick “Pat” Solitano Jr.; Silver Linings Playbook
Pat suffers from bipolar disorder who’s released from a psychiatric hospital and moved back in with his parents. He met a widow with depression and relationship troubles. They’d become partners in a dance contest.
5. Tiffany Maxwell; Silver Linings Playbook
Tiffany is a widow living with depression and has relationship problems. She meets Pat and are both dance partners in a dance contest.
6. John Nash; A Beautiful Mind
John Nash is a mathematician who sets out to develop paranoid schizophrenia. He’s endured delusional episodes. After being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenic disorder, he resumes his career.