BPD in Cinema
I haven’t seen Fatal Attraction, the movie deemed to be an accurate representation of Borderline Personality Disorder. I finally decided that I had to see what everyone was talking about. Who is the woman that has helped wreck if for the rest of us? I stumbled upon this, a slideshow that shows scenes or Fatal Attraction and Girl, Interrupted and explains how each woman fits the diagnosis of BPD.
I do see what people mean. I see myself in both of these women. I have lived something very similar to the self harm scene so that was difficult to watch. I don’t know. We need to be careful how we portray mental health in the media. Alex (Fatal Attraction) and Susanna (Girl, Interrupted) actually aren’t even comparable characters. They do show that we are all different but the difference is damaging (the loud vs. the quiet).
Here’s a clip of Glenn Close explaining that she would perform Alex in Fatal Attraction differently knowing what she knows now. I appreciate it.
Posted on September 18, 2013, in Madness, Mental Health, Stigma/Discrimination and tagged borderline personality disorder, BPD, cinema, Fatal Attraction, Girl Interrupted, Glenn Close, mental health, mental illness, movies. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.