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Best Shows and Movies to Encourage, Inspire and Help Depression

Guest Blogger: Annabelle Smyth Best Shows and Movies to Encourage, Inspire and Help Depression

Most people in today’s world have suffered from some form of depression, from the short-lived, mild type brought on by situations to the long-term, severe type caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. Mass media has often tackled the subject of depression through film and television, and it often helps to know that those suffering from sadness are not alone. Here now, the best shows and movies to inspire, encourage, and help those suffering from depression. Many of these can be watched with service through

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

(2004, starring Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey)

Since many people suffering from depression are doing so due to a painful breakup, this movie can truly hit home. This film provides humor, insight, and valuable lessons to be learned about how every relationship happens for a reason, even when you want to forget about it entirely. You may find yourself feeling more hopeful than depressed by the end.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

(1975, starring Jack Nicholson)

Perhaps the campy standby for movies dealing with mental issues, Jack Nicholson stars as McMurphy, a convict who pleads insanity to serve his time in a mental hospital rather than a prison. He unexpectedly finds himself forming friendships with the fellow patients, and the camaraderie and spirit they show in their mutual hatred of the evil Nurse Ratched will leave you laughing and inspired.

American Horror Story

(Season 2, Asylum)

The second season of this popular TV series deals with mental patients in the sixties and the medical staff charged with their care. This show deals with themes of depression and other mental illnesses, and can give some great information about these topics. You may even be so horrified with how those who were depressed were treated decades ago that your own depression may seem more easily manageable.

Silver Linings Playbook

(2012, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence)

This critically acclaimed, uplifting film explores several themes, including the impact of mental illness on love, family, tradition, passion, and the ever-ticking clock of life. The plot of the movie encourages and inspires viewers by proving that even though life can run off course, it can come back together again in ways you never dreamed possible for the better.

Hopefully this list of movies and television shows helps those feeling depressed to know they are not alone.

About the Author

Annabelle Smyth is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI, and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing, if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels.

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