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 with dignity intact is an art in itself and this becomes very clear as we witness him interviewing those deemed clinically insane. In part two of this series Theroux meets up with Dean, a 25 year old young adult who had sexually assaulted his mother when he was 18. The doctors diagnosed him with bipolar disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, manipulative, on top of his childhood attention deficit and oppositional defiance disorders. This two part documentary is one of Louis’ finer ones and is most certainly worth the watch.

From The Web
Join The Conversation
  • Julie Webb

    ASPD aka psychopathy

    • tayla

      ASPD and psychopathy are two different things

      • Julie Webb
        • Narelle

          “The closest equivalent to psychopathy in the APA guidebook is a condition called antisocial personality disorder.”

          “However, the definition for antisocial personality disorder also differs from the definition for psychopathy in important ways.”

          Two quotes taken by your article. I believe It is a case of “same, same but different”.

          Before you ask, yes I am a Psychiatrist.

  • summon

    thank you so much for this 😀 i love louis’s documentaries

  • Dr.Trip

    You really are retarded if you’re blaming LSD.

    • Tanner T

      Using the word “retarded” is ignorant, inappropriate, and shows your lack of education. If you had even a modicum of maturity, insight, and compassion, even with no education at all, you would see the mother’s need to blame external factors stems from her pain and guilt.

  • Eucalytpus