K-dramas have not only been a source of Korean language learning for many people, but also opened up our perspectives towards disabilities and mental illnesses which is prevalent in today’s stressful society. Here are 5 K-dramas which actually portray different disabilities and mental illnesses.
1. Hyde Jekyll, Me 하이드 지킬, 나
Dissociate Identity Disorder (DID) (해리성 정체감 장애)
Starring Hyun Bin (현빈) and Han Ji Min (한지민), this drama was recreated (재창조) after the Korean webtoon Dr. Jekyll is Mr. Hyde. Hyun Bin’s role in this drama is a cold-hearted chaebol (냉혈한 재벌) who has Dissociate Identity Disorder (DID) (해리성 정체감 장애) where another of his personality is sweet and caring.
2. It’s Okay, That’s Love 괜찮아, 사랑이야
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (강박 장애)
Schizophrenia (정신 분열증)
This 2014 drama stars Zo In Sung (조인성) and Gong Hyo Jin (공효진). Zo In Sung’s role is a radio DJ who is very successful but has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (강박 장애) and schizophrenia (정신 분열증). Meanwhile, Gong Hyo Jin battles anxiety and Genophobia. Another supporting character played by Lee Kwang Soo (이광수) also faces Tourette syndrome (투렛 증후군).
3. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay 사이코지만 괜찮아
This drama was played by Kim Soo Hyun (김수현) and Seo Ye Ji (서예지). Kim Soo Hyun’s role is a caretaker at a psychiatric hospital (정신병원). He also has an older brother who is autistic (자폐증). He then meets a lady who writes dark children books (어린이 책). This lady then takes a strong liking to him but he can’t be bothered with romance (로맨스) in his life.
4. Soul Mechanic 영혼 수선공
Mental Illnesses (정신 질환)
Shin Ha Kyun (신하균) plays the role of a psychiatrist (정신과 의사) in this drama. He tries his best to heal (치유) his patients (환자) and finds effective ways for his patients to overcome their mental illnesses (정신 질환) and trauma. One day, he meets a musical actress played by Jung So Min (정소민). She has issues that always causes her to have emotional breakdowns.
5. Rain or Shine 그냥 사랑하는 사이
Rain or Shine was played by Junho (준호) and Won Jin Ah (원진아) and revolves around their life. They both lost their loved ones when they were kids in a shopping mall collapse (붕괴). In this drama, discrimination (차별) against people who are physically (신체적으로) disabled in the society are emphasized (강조하다).
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