When I first saw friends watching Demi Lovato’s “Simply Complicated” documentary on YouTube, I thought it was another movie about a concert tour. However, soon after it was released, I witnessed an outpouring of emotions about how Demi was brave by sharing her own mental health journey and how this really moved viewers. I was intrigued because discussing mental health is something that I do on a daily basis at the hospital. Still skeptical, I decided to watch the first 30 minutes and see what the movie was all about. After 30 minutes I was captivated and finished the rest of the movie. I was blown away and immediately texted a few friends that they needed to watch the movie! I’m a pretty tough critic for movies and I really enjoyed “Simply Complicated” and would highly recommend it to anyone. I would especially recommend it if you work in the health care field because no matter what specialty you’re in, some of your patients will have mental health problems, and watching this movie will help you better understand and empathize with their struggles.
The movie is about Demi’s journey from the beginning of her career to the present and how she persisted through many struggles including anxiety, depression, susbtance abuse, bulimia, and bullying. In our society, mental health is something that is stigmatized and silenced because people are scared and don’t want to talk about it. Demi does an incredible job truthfully sharing her journey through many of these very common struggles and how she overcame them. Watching this movie helps give you a better understanding through an insider view of how it feels to struggle with similar problems. She openly discusses her struggles which strongly rejects the current societal practices of hiding and stigmatizing mental health problems. I love that she decided to make this movie and share her story to inspire and educate those both affected and afraid of mental health problems. I hope that this movie acts as an anchor for change so that we can begin openly discussing mental health without stigmatizing its victims.
Have you see the documentary? What did you think? Would love to hear your reactions in a comment below!