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 was diagnosed with depression early in his life and prescribed Prozac, this diagnoses was then changed to bipolar depression and he was given mood stabilizers, he also received milieu therapy, which for a time gave Evan some relief. However at the age of 15 his mental illness had become so hard to deal with he jumped to his death from his family’s apartment window. This is his story, told by his parents.