Film’s Portrayal of Mental Illness and Violence: Schizophrenia, DID, and PTSD

About the scholar: Brian Nguyen grew up in the United States and attended Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The Research:

Noting that mental illness, often linked with violence, is commonly portrayed in American films, Pioneer scholar Brian studied the ways three particular mental illnesses—schizophrenia, DID, and PTSD—were treated, both negatively and positively, in popular films. He found that negative portrayals are most common, but that some sympathetic approaches show promise of educating viewers about the reality of mental illness, while still providing entertainment. For the three diseases, he cites Shutter Island, Split, and American Sniper as negative examples, and concludes that films and shows like Mr. Robot, Canvas, and The Hurt Locker show the potential for positive portrayals.

ClientThe Car Rental Co
SkillsPhotography / Media Production

Project Title

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