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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Ruby Wax - What's So Funny About Mental Illness?

Diseases of the body garner sympathy, says comedian Ruby Wax - except for those of the brain. Why is that? With dazzling energy and humor, Wax, diagnosed a decade ago with clinical depression, urges us in this TEDTalk to put an end to the stigma of mental illness.

Broken Blossoms, or, the Yellow Man and the Girl

A fifteen-year-old street urchin who longs to escape her miserable existence. Emotionally scarred by the torment and neglect of her abusive father, the girl collapses outside the shop of the lonely and disillusioned 'yellow man'. As he tenderly nurtures her back to health, an unspoken romance flowers between them, awakening in each of them feelings of love.

Suicide [electronic resource]: The Teenager's Perspective

This program from The Doctor Is In deals with peer groups, one promising solution to the increasing number of teen suicides. Teenagers are accustomed to going to their friends with their problems; in this case, the friends have been trained to recognize the signs of impending suicide. In the program, Jim Wells, a nationally recognized expert on suicide, says that even as teens are taking their own lives, they do not really want to die. The purpose of this program is to provide some help before an attempt is made.

Suicide [electronic resource]: The Parents' Perspective

When grief is compounded by guilt, all of the problems of bereavement are multiplied. This program from The Doctor Is In seeks to help parents listen to their teenagers with greater awareness-not to place blame on parents for not hearing, but to help them identify the symptoms of serious trouble...and to recognize that all parents can do is their best, which is sometimes not enough to prevent suicide.

Boy Interrupted [electronic resource]

A few days before his suicide, Evan Perry made a list of six things to live for, then matched it with a list of six things to die for. "We'll never know what was really in Evan's head the night he killed himself," his mother, filmmaker Dana Perry, says. Through home movies and interviews with those closest to the 15-year-old, this HBO documentary tells the story of Evan's battle with childhood bipolar disorder. Perry's footage captures early manifestations of the disease as its symptoms unfolded, and the therapeutic options the family pursued. In the end it was Evan's wish to discontinue medication that led to his fatal relapse, an occurrence all too common among people who have BPD.

Pau y Su Hermano

A young man commits suicide and his mother, lover and brother reflect on their loss.
Clemons (Stacks)

Here One Day: A Film About Mental Illness, Suicide, and Family

When documentary filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into her childhood home after her mother's suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, but there she unearthed what her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life--from the joys and challenges of her marriage to a state senator to her son's estrangement , as well as the highs and lows of living with bipolar disorder. Here one day is Ms. Leichter's emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her family relationships, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved. In this Medical center hour, Ms. Leichter offers her extraordinary award-winning film, speaks about the transformative nature of story, and shows how H [...]
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)

Justice for Nadia [electronic resource]: Victim of a Cyberpath

It's the fall of 2007 and Nadia Kajouji has no way of knowing she is about to fall into the clutches of an online predator. She is in her first year at Ottawa's Carleton University and succumbs to a crippling depression that sparks suicidal impulses nurtured and fed by an online counselor named Cami D. Nadia doesn't know it, but Cami D is alleged to be a web predator, a "cyberpath." The Fifth Estate takes an in-depth look at the upcoming trial and the complex legal questions it will address. Can a suicide voyeur be convicted for their online role in another's death? How do you regulate or legislate against such horrifying web-based acts? What are the implications for jurisdiction when borders are crossed with the click of a cursor?
2014; 2011

Understanding Depression [electronic resource]

Depression affects over 4% of the population of the U.S.-over 10 million people-annually. It is a condition that will affect one in five Americans over the course of their lifetime. A depressive illness can be devastating not only for the affected, but also for family and friends. This program focuses on current research into depression, explaining the medications and psychosocial therapies that can help to eliminate the symptoms of the disease. The program profiles a woman with clinical depression and examines how her life and that of her family have been affected by the disease.
2006; 1995

Understanding Depression [electronic resource]: Through the Darkness

This program explores clinical depression, explaining the symptoms, various treatment options, and the need to erase the negative stigma that this illness carries. The program features three patients who suffer from clinical depression, examining the devastating effect of the illness on them, how they have dealt with the social stigma, the roles of their families and friends during their illness, and perhaps most importantly, how they have fared in their treatment programs. Psychiatrists in the program discuss the symptoms of depression, the importance of seeking help, and the need for society to accept clinical depression just as they would other illnesses.
2007; 1995

Women and Depression [electronic resource]

Clinical depression affects 19 million Americans, of whom two-thirds are women. This program from The Doctor Is In addresses the good news about depression: it is a diagnosable and treatable illness. Valerie Davis Raskin, a therapist and research psychiatrist whose practice is solely dedicated to women, and Ardis Olsen, a physician and researcher at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, are joined by patients and their families to explain the symptoms, effects, and treatment of depression.
2006; 2000

Experiences and Causes: Ep. 1 [electronic resource]

This program explores the symptoms of clinical depression and the physiological, psychological, and environmental factors that can trigger the illness. Patients evocatively describe their feelings of negativity, isolation, and despair while cognitive therapy pioneer Aaron Beck and other researchers discuss the results of their inquiries into contributory causes of depression. Commentary on depression-induced distortions of the thought process, animal and human models of secure and insecure attachment, and a gene combination that may cause a predisposition to depression provides a variety of perspectives on this disorder.
2006; 1999

Diagnosis and Chemistry: Ep. 2 [electronic resource]

Often obscured by symptoms and circumstances, depression is notoriously difficult to diagnose. In this program, case studies of patients with adult, childhood, and postnatal depression define the spectrum of the illness. The history of a patient with Cushing's syndrome underscores the effects of cortisol on depression, while studies conducted by Oxford University and the University of Pittsburgh reveal the relationship of serotonin and glia to depression. Observations provided by patients, unsure of what is wrong with themselves and often feeling too ashamed or guilty to seek help, offer valuable insights.
2007; 1999

Troubled Kids [electronic resource]: Is Medication the Answer?

Millions of children in America are being diagnosed with learning disorders and depression. While many say medications such as Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Prozac are the answer, others recommend counseling, social skills training, or dietary changes. How does one distinguish between a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and a kid who is just being a kid? This program offers parents, teachers, and caregivers a balanced look at options for helping children with learning difficulties or behavioral problems.
2005; 2002

Deeply Depressed [electronic resource]

There is growing evidence that chronic depression is primarily a physical disease and should be treated like one. This program sheds much-needed light on vulnerability to depression, the subtle symptoms of the disease, and treatments involving psychotherapy and antidepressants such as SSRIs. Brain biochemistry and the serotonin transporter promoter gene are discussed as well, and stories of everyday people grappling with the illness express what it feels like to be clinically depressed-and, through treatment, the sensation of finding joy and balance seeping back into life.

With and Without You [electronic resource]: Father's Suicide, Family's Journey

In 2003, the Beaudry family left their comfortable middle-class home to backpack across the world. A year after their adventure, Samuel Beaudry took another journey-one that left his wife, Maryse Chartrand, with shocking questions. How could a life-loving person take his own life? When mourning exhausts itself, what comes next? Can a family survive suicide? This documentary, originally planned as a record of the global trek, is Maryse's quest to understand her husband's decision and grow past it. Exploring issues of masculinity, male depression, and family dynamics, the film depicts the tragically belated discovery of one man's hidden anguish-and one woman's hard-won emotional healing.
2009; 2007

Mental Disorder [electronic resource]

What is abnormality? Using the case studies of two young women-one who has depression, one who has an anxiety disorder-as a springboard, this program presents three psychological perspectives on mental disorder. Section one considers it as a bodily disease, identifying underlying assumptions of the biomedical model and illustrating the treatments it offers. Section two looks at it as a disease of the mind, developing the view that the origins of some mental disorders may lie in people's experiences. And section three outlines the basis of the constructionist perspective and the idea that mental disorder is socially defined. The increasing medicalization of behavior is also addressed.
2009; 2003

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

Diagnosing Depression [electronic resource]

Although the stigma of depression is fading, less than half of those who need help with depression will seek it out. Using several patient histories, this program addresses mild, moderate, and severe depression as well as the specialized cases of vascular depression, treatment-resistant depression, and the depressive aspect of bipolar disorder. Signs and symptoms of depression are spelled out, and multimodal treatment through psychotherapy, medication, support groups, and aerobic exercise is discussed. Commentary is provided by Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health; Susan Blumenthal, of the Georgetown University School of Medicine; and P. Murali Doraiswamy, of Duke University Medical Center.
2008; 2007