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Patricia Deegan's the Politics of Memory

"Challenges conventional accounts of the history of mental health services because that story often ignores the experience, voice and perspective of people receiving services."--Guide.
Clemons (Stacks)

Dead Blue

A film about surviving depression.
Ivy (By Request)

An Ounce of Prevention [electronic resource]

Visits several programs that are attempting to eliminate known risk factors that often lead to serious psychological disorders, including social isolation and inadequate parenting skills.

Disorders Due to Psychoactive Substance Abuse [electronic resource]

Psychiatric diagnosis can be classified into several main categories. This program, filmed in the U.K., focuses on alcoholism and the five main areas involving psychoactive substance abuse: dependence syndrome, withdrawal state, withdrawal state with delirium, psychotic disorder, and amnestic syndrome. Interviews with several alcoholics illustrate the various mental disorders associated with the illness, their symptoms, and the differential diagnoses associated with each, including Korsakov's psychosis.
2006; 1997

Handling Stress [electronic resource]: Today and Tomorrow

Stress has been a part of life since the beginning of humankind. Events that occur daily cause different levels of stress for different individuals. The way a person views a situation is directly related to the degree of stress that he or she may feel. This video program helps students identify stressful circumstances and provides ways to manage the pressure that they create. It also explains that while high levels of stress can be harmful, by learning to handle tension by channeling energy to positive feelings, individuals accomplish goals rather then spend time worrying about failure. By knowing how to put events in perspective, students possess a vital tool for managing stress today and tomorrow.
2005; 1989

Animated Neuroscience and the Action of Nicotine, Cocaine, and Marijuana in the Brain [electronic resource]

Using sophisticated 3-D animation, this program, divided into two parts, takes viewers on a journey deep into the brain to study the effects of the three substances. The first part illustrates the major functions of the brain and shows how its principal cells, the neurons, communicate with each other through electrical and chemical signals. In the second part, animated molecules of nicotine, cocaine, and marijuana travel a route from the external environment through the body to the brain, where viewers learn about the cellular targets of these drugs, and how each drug interacts with them and subsequently affects the body. Images of actual neurons used in the animations create a realistic effect that helps viewers understand the concepts presented.
2005; 1997

Childhood Depression [electronic resource]

Four to eight percent of American children experience bouts of major depression. Among teenage girls, that rate can be as high as sixteen percent. This program from The Doctor Is In emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis and treatment to avoid potential patterns of repeated depression later in life-and to prevent substance abuse and suicide. Children suffering from depression talk about how they cope with it, while child psychiatrist David G. Fassler, author of Help Me, I'm Sad, and Steven Atkins, a psychologist at Dartmouth Medical School, provide authoritative insights.
2006; 2000

Chill [electronic resource]: Straight Talk About Stress

Unresolved stress is all too frequently a cause of substance abuse and suicide. This program shows teens how to recognize, analyze, and manage the stresses in their lives by using the C.H.I.L.L. formula: Communications, Health (nutrition), "I" concerns (self-esteem and self-image), Laid back (relaxation techniques), and Little at a time (time management) This valuable instructional tool can help teens reduce their stress levels and avoid the related problems that stress can cause.
2005; 1995

Depression [electronic resource]: Beating the Blues

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the number one cause of disability in the U.S. today, with an economic cost exceeding
2006; 1999

Achieving Psychosocial Health [electronic resource]

Overall well-being requires not only physical health, but psychosocial health as well. What exactly is psychosocial health, and how is it achieved? This program explains the elements that compose psychosocial health, the internal and external factors that influence it, and methods to enhance it. The importance of taking responsibility for one's own psychosocial well-being through self-recognition of problems and identification of barriers to meaningful communication is stressed.
2008; 1998

Coping With Stress [electronic resource]

A certain amount of stress can actually enhance performance and productivity. However, continually high levels of stress have been linked to all of the leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, cancer, and lung ailments. This program analyzes the role of stress in day-to-day life and in overall physical and mental health. Sources of stress are identified, and techniques for managing stress are suggested. Information on how to improve personal communication-a powerful safety valve-is also provided.
2006; 1998

Kids.calm [electronic resource]: Childhood Stress

Is childhood really the carefree and happy-go-lucky picture that some adults paint? Not always! In this program, we see that children do have stress in their lives, but not the wisdom or experience to know how to handle it. Eye-catching graphics and stories from the kids themselves will keep your classes watching to see fun and creative ways to handle stress in productive ways. And..a tag at the end of the program will provide useful skills for all adults who work with children. A positive, proactive way to help kids have childhoods filled with warm, positive memories instead of stomach aches, nail-biting, and too many tears.
2005; 2000

Depression [electronic resource]: Backpack Full of Bricks

Approximately 19 million American adults are grappling with depression. In this ABC News program, Ted Koppel talks with guests who have experienced the disease as well as family members who have lived through their loved ones' agonies. The program also pays tribute to the late actor Spalding Gray, who had the courage to go public with his condition, and features clips from his performances in which depression was the focus.
2006; 2004

Stress [electronic resource]: Keeping Your Cool

This program looks at the impact that stress has on our society and describes positive and negative stress, stress control, and ways to simplify a hectic lifestyle. Experts identify what causes stress, why women are experiencing such high levels of stress in their lives, and how teenagers are particularly prone to stress. The program explores the relationship between stress levels and health and the growing recognition in medical circles that physical ailments are often linked to, if not caused by, mental and emotional stress and anxieties.
2006; 1994

Teens [electronic resource]: What Makes Them Tick?

Raging hormones. Exploding sexual passion. Rebellion punctuated by tattoos, pierced lips, and unfathomable music. What happens during the teen years to make kids so different? In this fascinating ABC News special, John Stossel talks to a variety of teens and their parents and visits the Harvard Medical School's Brain Imaging Center to reveal some surprising physiological reasons for teen behavior. He also discovers a social hierarchy among teens (the influencers, the conformers, the passives, and the edge kids) that is responsible for most fads, and talks with a psychologist and therapist about the secrets to successful parental nurturing: have rules but make them few, allow room for mistakes, and lecture less and listen more.
2006; 1999

Beating Depression [electronic resource]

This program comes to grips with depression through the experiences of five patients whose backgrounds span the socioeconomic spectrum. Three cases of chronic depression, one of which is complicated by borderline personality disorder and another by alcohol abuse, and two cases of bipolar disorder, one of which is extreme, are presented. The overarching message? Patients with depression can stabilize and lead fulfilling lives if they accept their condition and proactively address it. Antidepressants, psychiatric therapy, acupuncture, and other modalities are touched upon as components of a tailored treatment plan.
2006; 2004

From Depression to Discovery [electronic resource]: Teenager's Guidebook

Clinical depression and ignorance are a dangerous combination. Myths surrounding the disease-for example, the notion that it affects only adults-often prevent depressed young people from seeking help. This video shatters common misconceptions about depression, helping young viewers recognize its outward and internal symptoms. The latest forms of treatment are also explored. Interviews with teens who are living successfully with the disease, and commentary by renowned adolescent psychologist Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, are interwoven with eye-catching and informative graphics that reinforce essential points.