9 Teen Movies You Didn’t Realize Shed Light on Mental Illness
What would you think if you realized some of your favorite movies had characters suffering from mental illnesses? You might be shocked, understandably so, because when you sit down to watch a romance or action flick, you expect the character to overcome obstacles, of course — just not always obstacles within their own minds. Take Katniss Everdeen, for example. While you may think of her as the undeterred heroine from The Hunger Games, who’s fierce AF and can battle with the best of ’em, she actually suffers from a disorder after she leaves the infamous Games. (You’ll find out which one in a minute.)
Characters battle mental illness in their movies oftentimes unbeknownst to the movie viewer. Here are nine such films you didn’t realize depicted life with a mental disorder:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Oh, Katniss... Really, we don't envy her in any way (except, possibly, that she got to make out with Gale). Having to experience the terror of your sister getting chosen for the Hunger Games, volunteering for her and then fighting to the death is enough to give anyone major stress in their life. Think of the feeling you get when you have to take a huge test you didn't study for times, like, a trillion. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) is a mental condition triggered by experiencing a frightening event, like killing your peers or witnessing someone be mauled by hybrid dogs. So when Katniss would experience flashbacks to the Games — like when she relived the moment she shot Marvel — or debilitating anxiety, she wasn't just freaking out; she was experiencing PTSD.