Psychology

Boy Interrupted

Boy Interrupted

Boy Interrupted is a HBO film that examines the life of Evan Perry a 15 year old boy from New York who took his own life in 2005. This film which was made by his parents Dana and Hart looks at how Evan's bipolar disorder and depression consumed him and affected his family. Mental illness was something that ran in Evan's family; his uncle had also committed suicide at a young age, just 21. Evan

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The Power of the Placebo

Are they miracle pills? in theory they should't have any affect on us what so ever. Placebos can come in any shape or size and they contain no active ingredient but rather are a medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or other medical condition intended to deceive the recipient. Typically in medical research, placebos are given as control treatments and depend on the use of measured suggesti

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Gone: The Story of Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander was a young British teenager who possessed an amazing talent for skateboarding, he was full of character and had crazy ambition for his age. Upon moving from Leicester to Bristol he discovered incredible opportunities such as sponsorship, recognition and invitation to travel different countries. It was here that he started living with professional skateboarder Danny Wainwright, and

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Growing Pains of a Teenage Genius

Cameron Thompson is only 13 and he has been a maths genius for as long as he can remember. At aged 10 he sat an online maths test getting every question right, at age 11 he managed to rattle through two GCSE exams in maths and additional maths getting top marks and that same year he passed his A levels with flying colours. Cameron's passion for maths however has meant that other "normal" childh

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Life After Suicide

Angela Samata lived an ordinary life with all of the normal worries and dreams that we all deal with, that was up until one night 11 years ago when everything changed. Angela came home to find that the man she loved and the father of their two boys had taken his own life. Since that day she has been learning what it means to loose someone you love to suicide and why its a very different type of gr

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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

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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 en

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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 tr

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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

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