Mental Health on TV: 2017 Highlights

With a brand new baby, I haven’t had much time for blogging. But I’ve watched a lot of excellent TV. In particular, portrayals of mental health problems have been getting better and better. Here are my top 3 of 2017. 1) Borderline Personality Disorder in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, despite it’s shocktastic title, is a musical comedy about a lawyer who moves from New York to California to chase down a man. She’s also struggling with her mental health, particularly as this manifests in her relationships. In episode 6 of Season 3, Rebecca is given a new diagnosis (and sings about it, naturally). This is the culmination of a dark arc in the show where Rebecca loses everything and everyone, before taking an overdose on her flight home. The diagnosis is Borderline Personality Disorder (also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder). At first, Rebecca resists this label after reading about it on the internet, but then comes to understand how it might explain her feelings...
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