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Psychotherapy [electronic resource]

Describes how theory, research, and practice come together in the treatment of psychological disorders. Also discusses how attitudes toward the mentally ill have been influenced by historical, cultural, and social forces. Includes commentary by Dr. Hans Strupp of Vanderbilt University and the late Dr. Rollo May.

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.

Don't Kill Yourself [electronic resource]: One Survivor's Message

This is the story of a young man, David, who at 16 years of age survived a suicide attempt. Now 22, he shares the events of his life leading up to the attempt, including how low self-esteem led to drug addiction, and how the addiction encouraged the sense that life was no longer worth living. David goes on to describe the suicide attempt, his recovery from addiction, and how he has since changed his life.
2006; 1997

Organic Disorders [electronic resource]

This program, filmed in the U.K., demonstrates clinical organic disorders, their characteristics, and differential diagnoses. Divided into the two categories of dementia and delirium, the disorders discussed include those relating to psychoactive substance use; schizophrenia and delusional disorders; mood, neurotic stress-related, and somatoform disorders; and personality disorders. Each disorder is explained and identified by its characteristics. Dementia disorders include Alzheimer's, Pick's disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and HIV dementia. Delirium disorders include organic amnestic syndrome, organic personality disorder, frontal lobe syndrome, primary cerebral disease, systemic disease, endocrine disorders, exogenous toxic substances [...]
2006; 1997

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder [electronic resource]: Alternative Treatment

Their behavior is strange, and they know it. Fixated on particular actions, they perform them over and over. The startling fact is that 1 in every 40 Americans is affected by OCD to varying degrees. A recently developed program, however, is bringing hope to millions of sufferers. Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz believes that many patients, by gaining self-awareness, can cure themselves. Two patients in this program believe it too, and testify that Schwartz's three-step treatment has helped them to successfully control their obsessive-compulsive behaviors. The patients include a man who compulsively saves newspapers, and a women who counts and recounts the items in her refrigerator.
2008; 1996

Challenge Cases for Differential Diagnosis [electronic resource]

This program, filmed in the U.K., offers viewers a chance to watch interviews with four patients and then, based on their symptoms, come up with their own differential diagnoses. The cases include a 22-year-old man who continually complains about body odor, when he does not have body odor; a 26-year-old man in a seemingly confused mental state; a 30-year-old woman with anxiety symptoms; and a seemingly normal young man who throws bricks through his neighbor's window.
2006; 1997

Mood Disorders [electronic resource]

Mood disorders, or affective disorders, are discussed in this program filmed in the U.K., together with their symptoms and differential diagnoses. Classifications are based upon the course and severity of symptoms. The two main classifications of mood disorders-manic and depressive-are clearly defined and differentiated according to symptoms. The persistent mood disorders cyclothymia and dysthymia are discussed, along with medical causes of mood disorders, such as hypothalamic tumor. All symptoms are clearly illustrated in interviews with patients suffering from degrees of the various disorders.
2006; 1997

Neurotic, Stress-Related, and Somatoform Disorders [electronic resource]

This program, filmed in the U.K., discusses the following disorders and their differential diagnoses: phobic anxiety; anxiety; obsessive-compulsive disorder, from minor to acute; stress reactions and adjustment; and dissociative disorders. Sub-disorders discussed include Korsakov's syndrome; agoraphobia and social phobia; generalized anxiety and mixed-anxiety-and-depressive disorder; panic disorder; and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Patients suffering from each disorder exhibit the various symptoms in interviews conducted by psychiatrists.
2006; 1997

Juvenile Sex Offenders [electronic resource]: Voices Unheard

An average pedophile will molest 363 children in his or her lifetime. This program goes to a lock-down and into the community to develop a profile of juvenile sex offenders and to study the pioneering work of organizations attempting to reintegrate offenders into society. Interviews with experts reveal the causes behind the actions of young sex offenders, including sex abuse in their own young lives. At the Family Service Society in Marion, Indiana, offenders, some voluntarily and others under court order, engage in unique therapy sessions. There intervention, designed to prevent them from carrying their activities into their adult lives, helps them understand and correct their habitual behavior.
2006; 1997

Asperger's Syndrome [electronic resource]: Autism and Obsessive Behavior

It is the size of the frontal cortex that helps separate the human brain from that of other animals. This part allows humans to communicate, infer meaning, and imagine, all basic to the socialization process. But there is a group of people, primarily males, who lack a small piece of this frontal cortex and who suffer from a mild form of autism. Identified as Asperger's syndrome in 1940, this condition makes them incapable of everyday social interactions. They live in a constant state of anxiety, a result of the phobias that are a part of the disease. This program profiles the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome and what sufferers and their families can do to overcome the limitations that it imposes.
2006; 1995

Depression [electronic resource]: Old Problem, New Therapy

In this program, Dr. Dennis Charney, of Yale University; Lydia Lewis, of the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association; and other mental health professionals discuss the types, symptoms, and triggers of depression as they relate both to adolescents and to adults. Promising antidepressants such as selective norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors, Substance P antagonists, and corticotropin-releasing factor receptor antagonists are considered, as are advances in brain scan technology. The value of psychiatric counseling and peer support groups is also stressed.
2008; 2000

Lost in the Mirror [electronic resource]: Women With Multiple Personalities

In this program, ABC News anchors Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson study the causes and key signs of dissociative identity disorder and the fragmented lives of two people dealing with its effects. "It isn't role playing and it is not mood swings. They are totally separate entities," says Chris Sizemore, the inspiration for the 1957 film The Three Faces of Eve. For 44 years, 22 personalities of various ages ruled her life. But for Lucy, a wife and mother of two, her personalities are not yet fully reintegrated. Sexually abused as a child, she developed seven little-girl personalities in addition to her adult one-further proof that child abuse can shatter an entire life.
2006; 1998

Myths About Madness [electronic resource]: Challenging Stigma and Changing Attitudes

Fear and misunderstanding are major roadblocks on the path to effective community care for people with mental illnesses. This concise training tool exposes the myths surrounding afflictions of the mind and challenges discrimination against the mentally ill. Interviews with mental health professionals, journalists, researchers, and people who have themselves been through the mental health system raise questions about the public's attitude toward mental illness. In addition, people diagnosed with mental health problems speak candidly about the stigmatizing impact of living with a label.
2005; 1998

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

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

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

Bipolar Disorder [electronic resource]: Shifting Mood Swings

Different from the routine ups and downs of life, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe-even to the point of being life-threatening. In this insightful program, patients speak from their own experience about the complexities of diagnosis and the very real danger of suicide, while family members and close friends address the strain of the condition's cyclic behavior. In addition, Robert Hirschfeld, of The University of Texas Medical Branch; Karen Wagner, director of UTMB's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; and Joseph Calabrese, director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at University Hospitals of Cleveland, present treatment options and medications for controlling bipolar disorder.
2005; 2002

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [electronic resource]

While controversy flares over whether this anxiety-related condition even exists, two men are certain of it based on their own experiences. This program examines the disorder associated with anxiety symptoms experienced following the witnessing of a traumatic event. One man, who witnessed the deaths of his two teenage daughters, and another man shot in an IRA ambush, give highly personal accounts of the behavioral changes experienced as a result of the traumas. An expert from a hospital traumatic stress unit tells why she supports the view that the condition does, indeed, exist.
2006; 1996

Late-Life Depression [electronic resource]

As many as one in five older Americans have late-life depression, which can lead to suicide. In this program from The Doctor Is In, three senior citizens describe how they have coped with this life-threatening illness. Medical commentary is provided by Charles Reynolds III, director of the Late-Life Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; psychiatrist Thomas Oxman, of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; and Lucille Karatzas, director of Elder Services at Seacoast Mental Health Center. The central message? Late-life depression is a treatable disease, not an inevitable part of aging. A Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Production.
2005; 2003

Multicultural Perspectives on Adults With Developmental Disabilities [electronic resource]

Community-based caregiving is a vital mode of support for older adults with developmental disabilities. This insightful and uplifting program examines how, within Hispanic, African-American, and Asian-American cultural contexts, the needs of high-functioning members of this population are being met through the empowering assistance of their families and through healthcare- and employment-related programs that promote self-determination. The importance of service providers who share their clients' respective cultures and, where necessary, speak Asian languages or Spanish is underscored.
2006; 2002