Gabbard, Glen & Gabbard, Krin. Psychiatry and the cinema, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, 1999.
This book traces the
history of depiction of
in the movies, noting connections between these depictions and broader
sociocultural issues and changes. The focus is on the
rather than on the people with psychiatric disorders whom they
The book also contains a large section that considers films and film
from a psychodynamic perspective, and it ends with an extensive
of movies with psychiatric themes.
Montgomery, K. Target Prime Time: Advocacy Groups and the Struggle Over Entertainment TV. Oxford University Press, 1989.
Morris, G. Mental health issues and the media: An introduction for health professionals. New York: Routledge Press, 2006.
Philo, Greg (Ed.). Media and Mental Distress. Great Britain: Addison Wesley Longman Limited, 1996.
This is a book put together by the Glasgow Media Group and contains a number of papers detailing research in Great Britain related to the media depiction of mental illness. It examines media content (and shows that the U.S. is hardly alone in media stigmatization of mental illness) and the response of various focus group audiences to selected media depictions to better understand how media presentations may influence public attitudes about mental illness.
Robinson, David J. Reel psychiatry: Movie portrayals of psychiatric conditions. Michigan: Rapid Psychler Press, 2003.
This book catalogs movie depictions of psychiatric conditions. It is organized by psychiatric diagnosis. Each chapter provides a description of the defining features of the diagnosis and a number of films that depict the specific disorder, noting how the film’s characters fit the diagnostic criteria. The book may be useful for people seeking to use films to educate about mental illnesses.
Wahl, Otto F. Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness. New Brunswick, NJ.: Rutgers University Press, 1995.
Wedding, Danny Movies And Mental Illness: Using Films To Understand Psychotherapy
The author, a clinical psychologist and university professor, details the frequency, nature, and impact of mass media depictions of mental illness. He includes many examples from film, television, books, newspapers, and other media. In addition, efforts to improve media portrayal of mental illness are described. For more information about this book, click on the title above.