Psychological dramas are a form of Drama films which contain a strong focus on the psychological issues of the protagonists and other people within the narrative. They are filmed using similar techniques found within Psychological Thriller or Psychological Horror films, but rather than using imagery to provoke fear, suspense or terror, they utilize dramatic settings to elicit a strong, emotional reaction from viewers. Psychological dramas commonly deal directly with the psychological state and mental health of characters, emphasize on emotional conflicts and often serve as a portrait of introspective personal struggle.
Therefore, films of the genre are fairly varied, and it frequently crossovers with other cinematic themes. These include, for instance, the psychological stress and implications of War as well as issues relating to the psychology of Crime. Other common themes include drug addiction, struggles of mental illness and other matters of mental health or even breakdown.