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Films deemed especially emotionally challenging are marked EC!

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The Cinematherapy.com Film Index
The best cinema therapy index on the Web!

Use this index to identify films that deal with your issues. Click on a heading from the list of general categories directly below in the green box, or scroll down the detailed list and click on a sub-heading.

Inspiration
Personal Issues
Social Issues
Children
Adolescents
Family Issues
Couple Issues
Mental and Emotional Illness
Physical Illness/Medical Issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration

Challenges: Overcoming Them
Following the Call
Gaining Hope and Encouragement/Renewal
Laughter Works as Medicine
Personal Courage
Role Models
Searching for Meaning
Spirituality
Support Groups
Transformation and Renewal
Uplifting/Feel Good

Personal Issues

Abandonment
Abuse: Emotional and Physical
Abuse: Alcohol and Drug

Alcohol
Drugs
Polysubstances
Women Alcoholics
Women Drug Abusers

Abuse: Children
After Life
Aging
Bereavement/Loss and Grief
Choosing a Life Partner
Codependency
Crying for Emotional Catharsis
Death and Dying
Denial
Developing Inner Resources
Family of Origin: conflict with
Friends
Gambling
Homosexuality: male
Homosexuality: female
Life Stage Transitions
Men’s Issues
Personal Goals and Values
Philosophical Issues and Questions
Single Adults
Self-Esteem: Questioning Negative Beliefs About Yourself and Rediscovering Your Strengths
Vocation/Career/Success
Women’s Issues

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Social Issues


Bureaucracy
Community: The Search for
Diversity: Race/Gender/Sexual Orientation/Culture
Effective Organizations
Ethics
Personal Goals and Values
Teamwork

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Children


Bullies
Child Abuse (Physical and Sexual Abuse, Neglect)
Childhood Fears
Competition
Gifted Children
Loss and Grief

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Adolescents


Peer Relationships
Search for Identity
Transition to Adulthood

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Family Issues


General

Adoption and Custody
Blended Families/Step-parenting
Family Conflict
Incest
Letting Go
Parent-Child and Mentor-Pupil Relationships
Sibling Relationships
Single Parents

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Couple Issues


Affairs
Commitment
Communication
Conflict and Negotiation
Divorce
Nontraditional Partnerships
Renewed Intimacy
Romantic Love
Sex/Sexuality
Widowhood

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Mental and Emotional Illness


General

Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood

Autism
Alternative Treatment
Alzheimer’s Disease
Amnesia
Anxiety/Obsessive Compulsive Behavior
Autism
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality
Child Abuse (Physical and Sexual Abuse, Neglect)
Conduct Disorders
Conversion Disorder
Delinquency
Depression
Defense Mechanisms
Dependent Personality
Dissociative Disorders
Eating Disorders
Gender Identity Disorder
Histrionic Personality
Hypochondriasis
Incest
Intellectual Functioning
Isolation
Kleptomania
Legal Issues
Learning Difficulties
Mania
Mental Institutions
Mentally Ill as “Not Really Sick”
Mental Retardation
Miscellaneous/General
Mood Disorders
Narcissistic Personality
Narcolepsy
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Paranoia/Paranoid Personality
Pedophilia
Personality Disorders
Phobias
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Psychopathic/Antisocial Personality
Psychotic Disorders
Rehabilitation & Attitudes
Schizophrenia
Schizotypal Personality
Serial Killers
Spouse Abuse
Stuttering
Suicide
Undefined Mental Disorder

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Physical Illness/Medical Issues


General

AIDS
Amputee
Blindness
Cancer
Deaf
Disabilities
Disfigurement
Dwarfism
Limb & Spinal
Polio & Post-Polio
Severe Illness
Stress/Type A
Traumatic Brain Injury

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Cinematherapy.com would like to acknowledge and thank all those whose work contributed to this film index. It draws from many sources, including the published books “Rent Two Films and Let’s Talk in the Morning” by John W. Hesley & Jan G. Hesley, “Movies and the Mythic Imagination” by Jonathan Young, and “Reel Therapy: How Movies Inspire You to Overcome Life’s Problems” by Gary Solomon. It also incorporates certain film titles from the Web sites “Pathology and Cinema” and “Films Involving Disability”. We also thank members of The Cinema Therapy Forum and the Movie Therapy online discussion group for their suggestions.