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Mental Health and Films - Watch and Learn

Mental health has been talked about in different art forms like music, poetry, theatre, films, paintings and so on. Films are commonly enjoyed by all of us which also keep us engaged when a sensitive concern is being addressed.

Psychology and mental health have prevailed globally for a long time now. Mental health concerns have not remained hidden within people but have been brought out in the open in the form of books, films, songs, art, theatre and likewise. Any form of art depicts mental health beautifully and offers the world a chance to sensitize itself to mental health a little bit more.

Films are a common entertaining media which are used to portray multiple ideas and notions. Mental health in films has dated back to the early 20th century and continues to flourish today. You and I are prone to watching cinema from time to time which encourages filmmakers to exhibit these concerns in their art. Characters, symptoms, treatment, life, and son on, are some aspects which keep the movies engaging and also provide a certain degree of psycho - education.

If you are curious to know more about psychological concerns and disorders, here are some films to consider. Remember, these are not perfect in any way. They display the maker’s perception of the mental health concern. Please refrain from using these films as a benchmark for diagnosis or any other kind of mental health labelling. Enjoy the cinema, appreciate the acting and believe that mental health concerns are real.

  1. A Beautiful Mind – This film shows paranoid schizophrenia which entails hallucinations and delusions created in the person’s mind leading to daily dysfunction in relationships, work and regular lifestyle.

  2. Silver Lining Playbook – This film looks at Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder threaded into a beautiful love story

  3. 15 Park Avenue – This again depicts the life of a girl combatting schizophrenia

  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – This is a beautiful story of a boy struggling with social awkwardness and childhood trauma.

  5. Karthik Calling Karthik – This is a new age film which focuses on the actor’s portrayal of schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder

  6. Barfi – This film throws light on Autism experienced by the lead actress in the film

  7. Taare Zameen Par – This is a wonderful film which talks about Dyslexia as a learning disability which troubles a little boy and how he comes around it

  8. Udta Punjab – This moving film is a depiction of substance abuse and the consequences of it

  9. Requiem for a Dream – Yet another realistic display of addiction and the dire consequences of it

  10. A Star is Born – This recent release shows musician’s upward journey to fame but an unfortunate demise due to alcoholism

There are numerous films made about personality disorders, addiction, OCD, anxiety, depression, stress, learning disabilities, trauma, abuse and so forth. The audience, which is all of us, needs to become more aware of these kind of concerns and try to educate ourselves about them. These are real and very genuine issues which can create everyday problems.

Movies may be meant for entertainment, but if they also are able to send out a conscious message ou in the world, that’s a bonus. So, if you don’t have any other weekend plans, maybe, a movie night would be a good idea!

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Self-Esteem Begins with Self-Compassion

Teens are often found to be battling self worth and retaining self-confidence. This however begins with turning the power of self-compassion inwards and reminding oneself of the strengths which allow you to be YOU.
Ritika SrivastavaTeentalkindia Counsellor

Teens these days are going through a lot of anxiety, self-doubt, comparison, competitiveness, perfectionism, and so many other things which cause them stress and worst of all, low self-esteem and confidence. However, these are things which can be worked through with the right tools and tricks. It is important to understand that what we say to ourselves matters significantly. What others tell us and what we experience matter secondarily.

Here are some ways which help you build your confidence and remind you of who you truly are.

  1. Sentence completion – Try to write at least five sentences down each day with the following prompts. “My loved ones admire me because…”, “My best quality is…”, “I feel empowered when…”, “I gain strength from…”, “I am proud of myself for…”

  2. Gratitude Exercise – Each day try to journal the following sentences. “Today I am grateful for…”, “I am grateful for ….. people.”, “I am grateful for… experiences.”

  3. Wins List – Make a list of all the small and big successes and achievements you’ve managed to accomplish so far. Add what you envision to accomplish in the near and distant future.

  4. Two Minutes – Each day, take only two minutes during the day to just sit back and appreciate yourself for all that you’ve done. Only two minutes.

  5. Inner Critic – When you r inner critic is driving you to the ground, take a minute and ask it to ‘STOP’ and take a break.

  6. Affirmations – These are simple, short and positive statements which are about yourself and remain in the present tense. They can start with, “I am…” and continue to include at least one feeling word and reflect a behaviour. For example, “I am feeling positive today”. Try to say five such affirmations each day in the morning to remind yourself of how competent, creative, powerful and smart you are.

  7. Visualization – Imagine yourself at your very best. What would that person look and feel like. Try to make a list of these feelings and thoughts in a diary and keep reminding yourself that you are capable of feeling and becoming the best version of yourself. Imagine, create, feel, succeed!

Self confidence and self esteem are components which can be driven internally. The more positive and appreciative you are of yourself, the better you feel. Others may also give you a chance to feel good about yourself, however, turning this feeling inwards is what makes it more powerful.

Enable yourself to create a world where you are important to yourself. Self confidence is also about self-compassion and kindness. Treat yourself like you would treat a dear friend and watch how you flourish in the world.


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