K-drama has hit the mainstream for its imaginative storyline that’s addictive and has become almost everyone’s guilty pleasure.
They have touched upon every genre and troupe out there, even mental disorders. The recently premiered K-drama ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’ is creating waves for its stunning visuals, impeccable acting, and for bravely embracing the theme of mental health.
We have a stellar cast composed of Seo Ye Ji who plays our female lead Go Moon Young, a children’s book author battling with antisocial personality disorder. Her strong attitude and dark persona hides away her traumatizing childhood that will surely bring us ache once unraveled.
Kim Soo Hyun plays our hero Moon Kang Tae, a professional caregiver at a psychiatric hospital. At a very young age, he took responsibility for his brother who suffers from autism spectrum disorder. The elder brother is Moon Sang Tae played by veteran actor Oh Jung Se.
The first 2 episodes that dropped over the weekend was enough to get us instantly hooked. We get to see the lovely yet melancholic dynamic between the moon brothers, a brief glimpse of the trauma Moon Young carries, and the overall storyline that dabbles upon the topic of mental disorders.
We have yet to see if ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’ will be that drama that bravely tackles mental health for what it truly is. But until then, the waiting game begins.
While hoping Saturday comes sooner, here’s a list of 5 other K-dramas with mental health themes you can check out:
It’s Okay, That’s Love
Mental Issues tackled: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Genophobia, & Tourette Syndrome
The Girl Who Sees Smells
Mental Issues tackled: Congenital analgesia, Synesthesia, & Prosopagnosia
Mental Issues tackled: Autism & Savant Syndrome
Kill Me, Heal Me
Mental Issues tackled: Dissociative Identity Disorder
Clean With Passion For Now
Mental Issues tackled: Germophobia
What’s great about these dramas is their influence to bring forth awareness on mental health issues we’re not familiar with. We have to agree that not all K-dramas bring an accurate depiction of these illnesses but it’s a nice reaction when some people do actually research about it which in turn allows them to become better informed.
What other K-dramas have you watched that have dealt with mental disorders?
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