A year in the life of Alice Klieg, a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins Mega-millions, quits her meds and buys her own talk show. -IMDB
That is the plot of the up and coming movie, “Welcome to Me”.
As with any movie involving a character with a mental health issue, especially ones where it appears to be a central theme, I am skeptical. There are not many examples of BPD in movies and if there are there are not the greatest (ie: Fatal Attraction, Girl, Interrupted). Will “Welcome to Me” just be another stigmatizing movie (doesn’t help that some review sites even get the personality disorder wrong in their explanation of the movie) or will it be decent (and by decent I mean “Silver Linings Playbook” style decent)?
Many comments by individuals with BPD are that Alice Klieg’s character does not represent a BPD individual and makes them look stupid. While we cannot always judge a movie for it’s trailer I do want to point out that given what is shown I can relate to the Alice Klieg character, although, unfortunately, not because I win millions of dollars in the lottery. I relate because I do experience a fairly narcissistic attitude about myself. While my own talk show would literally not be all about me, I know that I would love to have a show where I could share my own experiences. In fact, it is what draws me to therapy, public speaking, blogging, research studies etc. I enjoy talking about myself, I enjoy sharing what I know with other people because I enjoy being the center of attention. I do genuinely want to change the world and I know that through sharing my story I can participate in that process. Many of us may not want to acknowledge that “self-centered” side of ourselves but over the years I have had to because I will push myself into doing things that I need to say no to because I am drained (ie: saying no to a presentation).
It really comes down to how it is all done. Will there be sympathy for Alice’s character? Will the experience of Alice makes sense? Will we walk away from the movie feeling that we discovered something positive or helpful about BPD and those who experience it?
I do plan on going to see this movie and I’m hoping at the very least it is inaccurate but funny. If any of you go to see the movie I would love to hear about it or tell me what you think based off of the trailer.