October 10 is National Depression Screening Day . If you believe that you may be suffering from depression, this is the day to take off from work and take advantage of the screening. I suffered for years without knowing. Not that knowing has helped much, but I’m apparently one of those minority of depression sufferers who fail to respond to the drug treatments that are so successful for others. If you think that you may be suffering from depression, but aren’t really sure whether you should be screened, check out these movies that gives a fair indication of what living with clinically diagnosed depression is like.
The Butcher Boy
Neil Jordan makes great movies about Ireland. Not so great movies about other places. One of the finest representations of a variety of mental disorders. “The Butcher Boy” is tough going, but if you are a woman suffering from depression you may see yourself in the main character’s mother. National Depression Screening Day may well have helped Ma Brady if it had been around. “The Butcher Boy” not only gives a solid look into what it is like for a woman to suffer depression without access to treatment, but how if left untreated that depression can have tragic consequences for the entire family.
A Tale of Two Sisters
Juvenile depression may seem like merely a case of the blues or just plain old teenage angst, but it can be just as serious–if not more so–than adult depression. National Depression Screening Day could be the difference between a case of the blues and a case of depression such as that exhibited by one of the two titular characters in “A Tale of Two Sisters.” While ostensibly a Korean horror film of the highest order, “A Tale of Two Sisters” is also a gothic take on how teenage clinical depression can be manifested in ways that may seem bizarre to others.
The Sound of Fury
“The Sound of Fury” may also be found under the title “Try and Get Me.” National Depression Screening Day was made for watching this movie. While there are plenty of movies that treat depression from the clinical perspective that you can find on list of recommended movies about depression, “The Sound of Fury” gives a much more complex look at the societal consequences of depression. Not only that, but “The Sound of Fury” also features one of the most insightful looks at Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the character played to perfection by Lloyd Bridges. The character played by Frank Lovejoy suffers from a depression brought on by economic distress, thus making him the type of depression-sufferer that many can find common ground. National Depression Screening Day should include some information about how depression mixed with economic distress has the very great potential to lead to violence. Which makes depression a problem of all of society, not just those who suffer from it.