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Personality Disorders [electronic resource]

Personality disorders come in various varieties and degrees of severity, including persistent, ingrained behavior patterns; extreme deviant behavior; and problems in social functioning. Histrionic disorder, anankastic disorder, anxiety disorder, and dependent disorder are the common categories. This program, filmed in the U.K., looks at the most common disorders-paranoid, histrionic, and dissocial. It describes their symptoms and criteria for diagnosis. Patients exhibit the symptoms in interviews conducted by psychiatrists.
2006; 1997

Self-Harm [electronic resource]

One person in 600 attended to by an emergency unit is a victim of self-harm-surely the most disturbing of all anxiety-related disorders. Its victims compulsively cut, burn, or strike themselves to relieve unresolved anxieties. This program shows how victims carry the burden of guilt and shame associated with their actions. Two women, who have regularly harmed themselves for years, share their tragic personal experiences. An expert from a hospital crisis recovery unit explains the theories behind the condition and discusses various treatments.
2006; 1996

Skin Deep [electronic resource]: Understanding Self-Injury

Each year nearly two million people injure their own bodies using knives, scissors, glass, cigarettes, candles, razors-in fact, practically any destructive item they can find. Through interviews with patients and mental health professionals and footage of actual therapy sessions, this compelling program seeks to understand a deeply disturbing and often secretive mental disorder that affects as many teens and young adults as anorexia.
2005; 2000

Should I Live, Should I Die? [electronic resource]: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

Originally thought to be situated at the "borderline" of psychosis, borderline personality disorder is a condition affecting emotion regulation. This program opens a window of understanding into the excruciating reality of life with BPD by examining the experiences of Rachael and Maria. "My plan was to be dead by 30," says Rachael. Hers is a rocky road that has included sexual abuse, self-harm, attempted suicide, and a period of institutionalization-but dialectical behavior therapy, a supportive mother, and a loving boyfriend have enabled her to stabilize and look forward to a happier future. Maria too struggled with BPD even as she fought to raise awareness of the illness, but at 53 she succumbed to anguish and despair and immolated herself. Two women, two outcomes, and one question [...]
2010; 2004

Science of Evil [electronic resource]

We know evil when we see it-or do we? This program follows three people who confront a particular version of evil every day. Viewers meet Roy Ratcliff, the minister who baptized serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer behind bars and continues the practice with other hardened criminals; Aya Schneerson, a UN aid worker who administers food and medical help in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo; and a group of neuroscientists who examine conscience and morality via cutting-edge fMRI imaging techniques. Philip Zimbardo, whose 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment probed abusive aspects of the human mind, shares his library of images from the study.
2010; 2007

Venturing Out [electronic resource]: Agoraphobics Confront Their Fears

When renowned psychologist Paul Salkovskis offers three agoraphobics a base from which to battle their fears, each sufferer embraces the opportunity to utilize the professor's "safe house." There's only one problem-getting there. This program illustrates the paralyzing anxiety agoraphobics typically experience when stepping outside their cloistered comfort zones. After Simon, Su, and Archana finally arrive at the house, Professor Salkovskis forces each to keep going outdoors to unearth the roots of his or her affliction. Su realizes that loud noises trigger her panic attacks, while Archana recognizes her own abandonment issues and Simon discovers how much he depends on the opinion of others. Contains some profanity.
2009; 2006

Far From Home [electronic resource]: Agoraphobics Face the Ultimate Test

Supported and cajoled by psychologist and cognitive behavioral therapist Paul Salkovskis, three agoraphobic Londoners have tentatively confronted their fears-but they still have a huge amount of work to do. This program shows what happens when the experiment moves to the next level. After frantic preparations, Simon, Su, and Archana accompany Professor Salkovskis on a 13-hour airplane flight to Japan. There they walk the hectic streets of Tokyo, explore an exotic fish market, and ride a bullet train while coming to terms with their deepest internal struggles-and the hard-won understanding that agoraphobia has much more to do with what's inside than outside. Contains some profanity.
2009; 2006

Hidden in Plain Sight [electronic resource]: Looking for Mental Illness

With their mental health histories kept secret, ten adults enter a period of psychiatric observation in an isolated group setting. It is up to a panel of experts to determine who is healthy and who isn't. This program documents the first three days of the session, which features several tests designed to bring out evidence of mental disorders. Simulated urban warfare evokes reckless behavior; stand-up comedy stints highlight social anxiety; a barn-cleaning task points to aspects of OCD; and the Wisconsin Card Sort Test brings flexibility, or a lack thereof, into focus. By the end of the program, the assembled mental health professionals are only beginning to distinguish between illness and eccentricity.
2009; 2008

Clinical Impressions [electronic resource]: Identifying Mental Illness

How long can mental illness stay hidden, especially from the eyes of trained experts? This program rejoins a group of ten adults-five of them healthy and five of them with histories of mental illness-as psychiatric specialists try to spot and correctly diagnose the latter. Administering a series of collaborative and one-on-one tests, including assessments of personality type, physical self-image, and rational thinking, the panel gradually makes decisions about who suffers from depression, bipolar disorder, bulimia, and social anxiety. At the conclusion of the program, the professionals confess to a wariness of their own diagnosis methods, and labels of "sick" and "normal" are seen in a new light.
2009; 2008

Cut-Up Kids [electronic resource]: Epidemic of Self-Harm

For reasons still being explored, a growing number of children, teenagers, and young adults regularly and willfully cut, burn, and otherwise harm their own bodies. This film follows three young people as they confront the violence they have inflicted upon themselves. Bullied at school, 15-year-old Beth has been cutting for the past two years. After a decade of self-harm due to academic pressure, 24-year-old Tor wants to leave the addiction behind. Tor's best friend Gary comes from a different world, having been brought up by social services since the age of 13, when he began cutting. Students will observe the process by which these young people increase their self-awareness and articulate their inner turmoil.
2008; 2006

The Madness of Dancing Daniel [electronic resource]: Personality Disorder Case Study

Daniel Turnbull has a love of London, an obsession with hygiene, and a compulsion to dance. This program explores his rare personality disorder and describes one psychiatrist's attempt to help him create as normal a life as possible. Viewers will learn about Daniel's previous quests for independence, the behavior that got him blacklisted by most of London's assisted-living facilities, and the likelihood that he'll spend the rest of his life in a mental institution. The film also explores the possibility of hope in the form of Dr. Peter Tyrer, a specialist in personality disorders who has found one home willing to take Daniel. But it's located almost 200 miles from London, posing a critical test of the young man's sense of security.

Bullies [electronic resource]

In the U.S., an estimated 1.6 million students in grades six through ten are bullied one or more times per week-and as many as 150,000 victims cut classes each day just to avoid it. In this program, Dr. James Shaw, author of Jack and Jill: Why They Kill, explains how to confront and counter bullying in the nation's schools. Candid interviews with bullied students including Evan Ramsey, convicted of killing his school's principal and a classmate, as well as with two reformed bullies-one male, one female-provide a wide-ranging peer perspective on school violence. Students also share their successes as part of anti-bullying and peer mediation programs in their schools.
2005; 2002

Personality Disorders

1988; 1980
Ivy (By Request)

Murder 9 to 5

Explores violence in the work place.
Ivy (By Request)