I have an essay due for my abnormal psych class and I can't seem to find any movies that feature a character with BPD criteria. There is Girl, Interrupted but I'm sure half my class is going to do that movie as it's on her suggestion list. She wants me to be creative in my choice. Part of me wants to do Girl, Interrupted to point out all the flaws in the portrayal of BPD. It does some things spot on, but others it misses by what feels like miles.
I was thinking of doing Black Swan. I'm really drawn to this movie as Borderline individual. I remember it standing out to me. Black Swan. White Swan. Invalidating environment/mother. Idealizing/Devaluing. No clear sense of identity. Intense/Unstable relationships. Some self injury, although not by choice. Definitely stress related paranoia, delusions and dissociative symptoms. Arguably some impulsivity.
The problem with using Black Swan I think, is the hallucinations. I personally think it was an artistic decision and she isn't really having a psychotic episode. Those kind of vivid hallucinations in someone who can function on that level is rare. But artistically, I'm drawn to the whole black/white thing. Not sure what other people think regarding Black Swan.
I could do Fatal Attraction. It shows some really crystal clear diagnostic criteria for BPD, I just think the portrayal is terrible. I could again, point out the flaws and all that jazz, but I'd rather use a movie that has a better view on BPD.
Anyway, lets talk about movies featuring characters with Borderline Personality Disorder.
Dx: Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety Disorder NOS, Depressive Disorder NOS.