Psychology

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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Egomania

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 d

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Most Evil

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 im

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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

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