Korean dramas have presented many kinds of stories to their audiences. One of them is about mental health. Even though it is not a new theme, this issue always attracts the interest of Korean drama viewers.
Korean Drama with the Theme of Mental Health Issues/Photo: Instagram.com/netflixid
Currently, the issue of mental health has become a special concern for society. Because of this, Korean drama viewers really like this theme, apart from being entertained by the story, the audience can also learn new things.
Are you one of those who like Korean dramas with mental health themes, Beauties? If so, try watching some of the best Korean drama titles that raise mental health issues below, come on!
1. Daily Dose of Sunshine
Daily Dose of Sunshine/Foto: Instagram.com/netflixid
Daily Dose of Sunshine is Netflix’s latest series which raises mental health issues. Played by Park Bo Young, Yeon Woo Jin, Jang Dong Yeon, and Lee Jung Eun.
Jung Da Eun (Park Bo Young) is a nurse who has just transferred to the neuropsychiatry department, after previously being in the internal medicine department. Even though it’s not easy, Jung Da Eun tries to adapt to dealing with patients with different mental and behavioral disorders.
Apart from that, there is also Dong Go Yoon (Yeon Woo Jin), he is a doctor specializing in proctology. Suddenly he felt like he had OCD and often snapped his fingers. This habit really interferes with his work.
But since he met Jung Da Eun, who has a passion for work and a beautiful smile, this habit suddenly disappeared. Dong Go Yoon also tried to find out the cause, by trying to get to know and befriend Jung Da Eun.
2. Soul Mechanic
Soul Mechanic/ Foto: IMDb
Soul Mechanic is one of the dramas that was a hit in 2020. Playing Shin Ha Kyun and Jung So Min, this drama tells the story of Lee Shi Joon (Shin Ha Kyun), the best psychiatrist at Eun Kang Hospital. He will do anything to cure his patient.
Meanwhile, Han Woo Joo (Jung So Min), is a musical theater actress who has passion and feels happiest when she is on stage. However, Han Woo Joo harbors deep emotional wounds, so he gets angry easily.
One time, while on his way to an awards event, Han Woo Joo ran into trouble with a traffic police officer. This made him fail to get awards and had an impact on the future of his career.
Finally he decided to consult a psychiatrist and met Lee Shi Joon. During the consultation period, Han Woo Joo met many patients with different mental problems.
This condition made him determined to recover so he could return to the theater stage. You can watch this drama on Apple TV!
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
3. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay/ Foto: IMDb
This drama with unique characters and which was once popular also raised the issue of mental health. Playing Seo Yea Ji, Kim Soo Hyun, and Oh Jung Sae, this drama tells the story of Ko Moon Young, a children’s book writer who has an antisocial character and explosive emotions.
His character is in stark contrast to his job, which requires him to be friendly with children. Her character was formed as a result of Ko Moon Young’s childhood trauma.
On the other hand there is Moon Gang Tae, a nurse who always moves between hospitals. This was done because of the condition of his older brother who has special needs, named Moon Sang Tae.
Moon Gang Tae and Ko Moon Young accidentally met, at an event held at the hospital where Moon Gang Tae worked. Since then Ko Moon Young felt attracted to Moon Gang Tae and always tried to seduce him.
After that, several incidents continued to bring the two of them together, until they finally fell in love and learned about the childhood traumas they had gone through. Even though they have different properties, they both heal each other. You can watch this drama on Netflix, OK!
Chocolate/ Foto: IMDb
You must watch this drama, which is no less heartwarming and raises mental health issues, Beauties. This drama, which aired at the end of 2019, was played by several senior actors and actresses such as Yoon Kye Sang, Ha Ji Won, Jang Seung Jo, and Yoo Teo.
Chocolate tells the story of Lee Kang, a man who lives in a small seaside town and dreams of becoming a chef. However, fate actually led him to end up as a neurosurgeon. Even though his attitude looks cold, he actually has a warm heart.
Meanwhile, Moon Cha Young is a cheerful chef who really enjoys cooking for the people around him. Actually, Moon Cha Young met Lee Kang when they were both small. Moon Cha Young remembers and recognizes Lee Kang, but Lee Kang cannot remember him.
They met again at the hospital and were involved in helping cook meals for palliative care patients. You can access this drama on Netflix, you know.
5. It’s Okay, That’s Love
It’s Okay, That’s Love/ Foto: IMDb
Still miss Zo In Sung’s acting after watching the drama Moving? You can continue watching this drama, Beauties. Raising the issue of mental health, this drama shows the various mental problems experienced by each character.
Jang Jae Yeol, played by Zo In Sung, is a mystery novel writer and radio host who has OCD and schizophrenia. This disorder makes it difficult for him to live his days, Jang Jae Yeol often has hallucinations, his thoughts are confused, and he experiences changes in behavior.
Meanwhile, Ji Hae Soo, played by Gong Hyo Jin, is a psychiatrist who finds it difficult to have relationships with men because of her sexual phobia. This was due to the childhood trauma he experienced when he saw his mother’s affair.
The two met on a talk show, but the meeting didn’t go well and they ended up hating each other. Fate said differently, because an incident required the two of them to live under the same roof with several people who also suffered from mental disorders.
As time goes by, they both realize that they need each other and eventually fall in love, and heal each other. You can watch this drama on Viki.
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