Category “Psychology”

Institutionalized: Mental Health Behind Bars

Vice News travels to Cook County Jail, located in Chicago, Illinois, which is the largest single site jail in America, it currently houses 9,000 inmates and it is estimated that 30% of these individuals have mental health illnesses, making it the largest mental health care provider in America today. This short documentary aims to examine the current state of such a mental health care system which is currently in pretty bad shape given budget cuts and a lack of community based resources. More often or not people are just being swept into the criminal justice system for low-level,...

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Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity

Here is Louis Theroux latest documentary which is two parts and see's him immerse himself in the world of mental health by paying a visit to Ohio's maximum security state psychiatric hospitals and meeting people who are there for committing crimes, some of which were horrifically violent in nature carried out whilst in the grip of severe mental illness. Within the first 2 minutes of watching we encounter a man by the name of Jonatan, who openly discusses the reason he is in such a facility, for cutting his own fathers throat. How Louis manages to disarm those he interviews and leave them...

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The Psychopath Next Door

We all love our Hollywood psychopaths, and they play a special role in our society because of our innate passion for the dark side of humanity, a prime example of one such beloved psychopath could be Dexter or even Hannibal Lecter. Most of us consider them to be just fiction, but in fact real psychopaths are everywhere, not necessarily physically violent but more just cut throat in the way they treat or perceive others, especially in the corporate setting. This film explores the possibility that anyones boss could theoretically be a psychopath and asks how can we deal with such...

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Tourettes: I Swear I Can’t Help It

John Davidson has a neurological condition known as Tourette Syndrome, its not known what triggers Tourettes but in it's most severe form it causes violent body movements and outbursts of obscene language. In 1988 at the age of sixteen, John featured in a documentary at a time when Tourettes was a little known condition. In 2002, aged 30 he appeared in another documentary, where the crew caught up with him and his continual struggle with Tourettes. There is still no cure but again 7 years on, this film revisits John for a third time to see has our increased understanding and expectance...

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Egomania

Everyone has an ego, a healthy strong ego is the basis of a successful driven individual, but what can happen when an ego goes too far? When can someone really be called an egomaniac? Whats it like to cross an egomaniac? Is there a limit on how big an individuals ego can become? and to what lengths would such an egomaniac go to get their own way? From the overbearing boss to the ego that spirals dangerously out of control, this film journeys deep into the mind of the...

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Most Evil

Murderous masterminds, brilliant, wicked, conniving, they are driven by revenge, dogma and ego their common trait appears to be exceptional intelligence but what transforms such gifted men into some of the most brutal killers and which of them could be considered most evil? A scale exits to measure the darkest corners of human behavior, it weights the criminal mind and the crime committed. From impulsive murders to serial killers this 22 point scale attempts to determine who are the most evil among...

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Suffer The Little Children

Suffer The Little Children is a documentary by NBC which aired in 1968, this ground-breaking film set about exposing the Pennhurst State School which has since been described as the shame of a nation. Having opened it's doors in November of 1908, this state-funded school / hospital became extremely overcrowded within a short period of time, taking in those who were suffering from mental illness or criminals, orphans, etc. i.e. people who could not be housed elsewhere. The school quickly became the center of a human rights movement which eventually revolutionized America's approach to...

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Dream Interpretation

Tonight nearly every single one of us will fall asleep and each and everyone who does so will dream. It's an extraordinary world of pleasure and pain but why we dream is one of sciences great mysteries. It's only now that science is beginning to reveal the bizarre complexities of this secret world. Much of what we thought we knew about dreams now appears to be wrong. This films asks the question where do are dreams come from, what do they mean and do they have a...

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Wartorn

Wartorn is a HBO special which examines how war can effect a soldiers mental well being, inflicting an invisible wound which some find hard to recover from. Suicide among those who currently serve and veterans alike appears to be growing at an alarming rate causing much concern, this film takes a look at old archived footage, interviews, letters, etc. from wars as early as the US Civil War right up to todays modern conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, analyzing personal tales of those effected by PTSD in order to get a better idea of how these individuals cope with lasting effects of combat...

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