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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suicide [electronic resource]: Guide for Prevention

The Samaritans, a British suicide intervention organization, fields 2.5 million phone calls per year. Using dramatized scenarios and commentary by healthcare professionals, this program replaces myths with facts about suicide: who is at risk, how warning signs are displayed, what some of the triggers are, and how to intervene. Of special emphasis is the vital need for the medical staff to engage in a compassionate dialogue with parasuicides in order to correctly assess their readiness for release and need for referrals to mental health specialists and social workers.
2006; 1993

Suicide and the Police Officer [electronic resource]

Suicide among police officers is a dramatic example of what can happen when those entrusted with the protection of others fail to protect and care for themselves. This program, produced by the New York City Police Foundation, focuses on the underlying problems-alcohol or drug abuse, severe relationship problems, difficulty in dealing with violence-that can, if unchecked and unresolved, lead to suicide. Police officers, trained to appear invulnerable and in control, are less likely to admit they need help, and are therefore at greater risk of suicide. This very moving program provides a forum for understanding and perhaps ameliorating the pressures that lead to suicide for those in positions of control.
2006; 1992

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

William James [electronic resource]: The Psychology of Possibility

William James, more than anyone else, was responsible for introducing the wide range of topics that now make up the broad field of psychology. This program presents some of James's most important formulations, including his discussions of habit, consciousness, will, and religious experience, as well as what he referred to as the fringe of experience: the hunches, inexpressible feelings, and haunting memories that influence thoughts and actions. An interview with a young recovering alcoholic and an account of James's own struggle with suicidal depression make this video an emotionally moving experience as well as an instructional one for students.

The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive: Part 1 [electronic resource]

Is bipolar disorder simply the latest label for bad behavior? Does the condition fuel the creative drive of great artists? Is there something glamorous about a diagnosis of bipolar disorder? In this program Stephen Fry shares his personal experience with BPD and answers questions that the diagnosis frequently raises. Investigating the misleading highs and the depressive lows that led him to repeated suicide attempts, Fry educates viewers about BPD's triggers, treatments, and prognoses. In addition, actress Carrie Fisher, two children with BPD and their doctor, and a woman whose episodes were activated by pregnancy all shed light on what living with BPD is like.
2011; 2007

The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive: Part 2 [electronic resource]

Stephen Fry knows that the taunting voice in his head is a symptom of his bipolar disorder, but he has not sought medical treatment for the disease. In this program Fry looks into the options available for BPD patients after discovering that his illness has progressed. Like many, he rejects lithium due to its cognitive dulling effect, though actor Richard Dreyfuss tells Fry he had great success with the drug. Fry speaks with people who have tried electroshock therapy, still in use and surprisingly effective, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Most report that the manic highs of the disease are worth the lows, but struggle to live a balanced life.
2011; 2007

The Hidden Epidemic [electronic resource]: Post-Concussion Syndrome

It leads to anxiety, personality changes, substance abuse, and suicidal depression. Considering the symptoms, it's easy to see how PCS, or post-concussion syndrome, could be the most under-diagnosed condition affecting young people today. Athletes in high-impact sports are the most at risk, but which other groups are vulnerable? What actions should be taken when the disorder is suspected? How can PCS be better addressed by medical and mental health professionals? This program explores all of those questions and more, with help from professional athletes like Johnny Damon and Matt Hasselbeck, well-known psychiatrist and brain specialist Daniel Amen, and an in-depth dramatized case study.
2011; 2007

Bipolar [electronic resource]: Life Between Two Extremes

Miami Airport, December 7, 2005: a jet passenger begins yelling about a bomb threat and bolts for the door. Refusing to comply with two U.S. marshals, he is eventually shot to death. The cause of his outburst - bipolar disorder, not terrorism - comes to light soon after, proffering another tragic example of how volatile and misunderstood the disease is. This program examines the lives of people who have struggled for decades with bipolar disorder, once known as manic depression. Through case studies and discussions of recent research, the film shows how each patient has overcome the grip of debilitating despair and hyperactive euphoria, and how advances in psychology and neuroscience are helping such individuals lead better, more productive lives.

Silent Epidemic [electronic resource]: Teen Suicide

This unique program, part talk show and part docu-drama, focuses on the epidemic of teenage suicide and depression. Teens who have attempted suicide tell their stories, including their increasing ability to cope with depression. Grammy-award winning recording artist and founder of Sharing the Vision, Inc. CeCe Winans and Jerry Johnston, a leading authority on youth culture, host a studio audience segment in which teens and suicide experts discuss warning signs, causes, and prevention of teen suicide.

Kids and Bullying [electronic resource]

According to The National Education Association, 160,000 children won't go to school on any given day for fear of being bullied-a figure that represents nothing less than an epidemic. Whether a student is overweight, openly gay, perceived as promiscuous, or just plain different, more and more young people are tragically choosing to take their own lives because they can't take it anymore. Are schools not doing enough? Should parents take a share of the blame? In this ABC News program, correspondent Chris Cuomo talks to families, kids, educators, and lawmakers to find out what's going on. He listens to the bullied, confronts the instigators of bullying, and takes viewers inside the Alliance School-a no-hate, no-bullying zone in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the only middle school of its kind i [...]

A Moment of Clarity [electronic resource]

This intimate documentary offers a fresh perspective on the relationship between creativity and mental illness through the life and artwork of painter Isti Kaldor. At age 19, Kaldor experienced his first manic break while attending medical school, received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and began painting soon afterward. Eleven years and 13 manic episodes later - four of which occurred during the filming of this documentary - Kaldor sees painting as both creative expression and a way to communicate. Throughout the program he narrates his inner experience as it happens and tries to make sense of how his moods influence his perceptions of the world. As Kaldor discusses the social stigma of bipolar disorder and the grandiose delusions that can precede its manic phase, the power of art [...]

Oc 87 [electronic resource]: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie

Although his film's stated purpose is "to show the hell" that mental illness has wrought on his life, co-director Bud Clayman has another, equally important goal: shedding light on the path to recovery. Through first-person narration, an evocative and wide-ranging collage of visuals, and interviews with Clayman's parents and others close to him, this documentary clearly depicts what he has gone through after being diagnosed over the years with depression, bipolar disorder, Asperger's syndrome, and Harm OCD-an affliction characterized by thoughts of hurting oneself and others. But the movie also demonstrates the importance of facing challenges and taking action-whether it's with small steps, such as venturing out for a night of karaoke, or big ones, as Clayman has proven with this cin [...]