K-dramas are known for the beautiful visuals, impressive storyline, and mouthwatering food. K-dramas aren’t only about romance; it covers various genres like thriller, action, historical, psychological and what not.
If you haven’t already experienced the Korean drama craze, 2021 is the right time to get started.
We all know that k-dramas generally talk about relatable daily-life situations and complexities faced in various relationships. Since the stigmatization of mental health issues has started, many Korean dramas discussing the same have come into the limelight.
Here are some binge-worthy k-dramas that deal with mental health issues.
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
Ko Moon-Young (Seo Ye-Ji) is a children’s book author. Son Ye-Ji’s portrayal of Moon-Young is fierce, impulsive, and vulnerable. Moon-Young has Antisocial Personality Disorder (APSD), and people around her speak in hushed tones about it, including her publisher.
The male lead, Moon Gang-Tae (Kim Soo-Hyun), is a caregiver at a psychiatric ward. Moon Sang-Tae (Oh Jung-Se) is the older brother of Gang-Tae and has Autism Spectrum disorder. He has difficulty controlling his emotions and has an obsession with dinosaurs and children’s books. Because of his brother, Gang-Tae moves around a lot and doesn’t have time to settle down.
Later, we see the two leads meeting and opening up and helping each other overcome their traumas.
The basic story of the drama revolves around the four families who are filthy rich. They try their best to make their kids doctors, just like their fathers and grandfathers. They hire teachers and coaches for their kids to help them with the college entrance exams.
The drama is a satirical, black comedy. It talks about topics that are considered taboo in Korean society like depression, obsessive parents who impose their dreams on their kids, societal pressure, suicide, etc.
Kill Me Heal Me
Kill Me Heal Me is one of the Korean dramas with many life lessons to learn, and it is also a romantic comedy.
The drama is about a wealthy businessman who is diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder after experiencing traumatic events. A psychiatric resident is secretly helping him. He has seven personalities, and one of them falls in love with the female lead Oh Rin Jin.
The drama highlighted mental health issues with care and perfection. Not many people know this matter, so sometimes people make a wrong perception about the illness.
It’s Okay, That’s Love
The story is about a psychiatrist Ji Hae Soo and a mystery novel author and DJ Jang Jae Yeol. Later in the drama, Hae Soo learns about Jae Yeol’s undiagnosed schizophrenia.
Because of his traumatic experience, Jae Yeol suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and he never sleeps on beds but sleeps in a bathtub because that makes him comfortable.
He is very organized and likes the color yellow. We also get to know that the psychiatrist also has anxiety issues.
They then start a journey towards healing as a couple.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Jo
The drama is about two athletes, Kim Bok Jo and Jung Joon Hyung, who came from the same school but were not familiar with each other. Later, the two became friends and then lovers.
Kim Bok Jo is a weightlifter but, she is insecure about her body and weight.
Jung Joon Hyung is sweet, soft-hearted, and respectful. His growth from overcoming his past trauma to slowly taking a step towards being better is very interesting and heartwarming.
The portrayal of the struggles athletes face was very realistic. There is lots of friendship and good humor all through the story to keep it youthful. Definitely marathon worthy!
Though these dramas deal with many issues like mental health, they are like a warm hug to the viewers. It’s like they are assuring us that we are perfect the way we are.
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