Have you ever watched a TV show or documentary that got your health condition totally right (or totally wrong)? We’d love to hear about it! Leave your thoughts in the comments below or record your opinion using our app (select “Share Your Voice” as the story type).
In the meantime, if you’re looking for something to watch on Netflix, these health stories (both fictional and non-fiction) may spark your interest. Enjoy!
Health Topic: Autism
Genre: Teen TV Shows, TV Dramas, TV Comedies
From Netflix: “When a teen on the autism spectrum decides to get a girlfriend, his bid for more independence puts his whole family on a path of self-discovery.”
Health Topic: Chronic Illness, Chronic degenerative disease
From Netflix: “A Man’s 10-year search for the underlying cause of his chronic illnesses becomes an expose of the dental root canal procedure’s harmful health risks.”
Theory of Everything
Health Topic: ALS
From Netflix: “Thanks to the power of love, one of the modern world’s greatest minds endures unimaginable challenges.”
Health Topic: Circumcision
From Netflix: “With interviews from experts on both sides of the debate, this film questions the routine practice of non-religious infant circumcision in the U.S.
Health Topic: Cancer
From Netflix: “She tried to arrange his future in case she wasn’t in it. But focusing on his ‘next’ made her lose sight of their ‘now’.”
Health Topic: Death, Hospice, Palliative Care
From Netflix: “Facing an inevitable outcome, terminally ill patients meet extraordinary medical practitioners seeking to change our approach to life and death.”
Silver Linings Playbook
Health Topic: Bipolar
From Netflix: “After a stint in a mental hospital, Pat moves in with his parents and tries to win back his wife, until he meets a woman who’s as unstable as he is.”
The Girl Whose Muscles Are Turning To Bone
Health Topic: Rare Conditions, Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva
From Netflix: “Few people are as courageous as young Luciana Wulken,a 7-year-old who must fight an extremely rare condition that turns her muscles to bone.”
The Kominsky Method
Health Topic: Death and Grief
From Netflix: “Life’s third act has thrown them a few curveballs. But their friendship only gets better with age.”
Kingdom of Us
Health Topic: Suicide
From Netflix: “He slipped into a darkness his family couldn’t understand. Now they’re searching for answers – and peace.”
The Fundamentals of Caring
Health Topic: Caregiving, Duchenne muscular dystrophy
From Netflix: “In this inspirational buddy comedy, a young shut-in and his caregiver take a road trip in search of landmarks, but end up finding hope and friendship.”
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Health Topic: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
From Netflix: “In spite of what so-called experts think, her symptoms and suffering aren’t’ creations of her mind.”
Brain on Fire
Health Topic: anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease
Genre: Movies based on real life, Biographical Movies
From Netflix: “Stricken with seizures, psychosis and memory loss, a young New York Post reporter visits doctor after doctor in search of an elusive diagnosis.
The Bleeding Edge
Health Topic: Medical Devices
From Netflix: “Safety loopholes, kickbacks, untested devices. Inside the booming world of medical tech lies a web of hidden dangers.”
Health Topic: Mental Health, Schizophrenia
Genre: TV Drama
From Netflix: “Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Owen is the black sheep of the wealthy Milgrim clan. After losing his job, he enrolls in an experimental drug trial.”
Health Topic: Organ Donation
From Netflix: “His promise to help seven strangers lighten their burdens is a heavy load. Heavier still is the method of his kindness.”
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