Mental Illness, Brain Disorders
Are the Kids Alright?
Filmed in courtrooms, correctional institutions, treatment centers, and family homes, this searing documentary examines the results of the tragic decline in mental health services for children and adolescents at risk.
Between the Lines
A visually lyrical, experimental documentary about women who cut themselves, this film explores the fine line between self-destructive behavior and self-preserving coping mechanisms.
A Change of Character
Truett Allen's personality changed drastically after a series of strokes resulted in damage to the frontal lobes of his brain. This captivating video features neuroscientist Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of The Executive Brain, as well as neurologist and best-selling author Dr. Oliver Sacks (Awakenings).
Changing Identities: A Story of Traumatic Injury and Art
Each year, approximately 1.5 million people have their lives suddenly changed by brain and spinal cord injuries or stroke. Bill Richards has developed a studio program that doesn't see art just as a form of therapy, but as a means for participants to redefine who they are, and begin to see themselves not as people with disabilities but as artists.
Changing Your Mind
Illustrates new research in nueroplasticity and how the changing brain plays an important role in treating mental diseases and disorders.
The Culture of Emotions
Designed to introduce cultural competence and diversity skills to mental/behavioral health professionals and students who deal with multi-cultural client populations.
The Dark Side of the Moon
The stories of three mentally disabled men, formerly homeless, who have overcome despair, stigma and isolation to become valued members of their community.
Depression: Fighting the Dragon
This compelling documentary explores the growing prevalence of depression, and the research breakthroughs that could finally unlock its secrets.
Different From You
As a result of the 'deinstitutionalization' of mental patients, people with mental illnesses now make up a majority of the homeless in many areas. This video explores the problem through the work of a compassionate physician who cares for mentally ill people living on the streets and in inadequate 'board and care' facilities in Los Angeles.
Drawing From Life
A half-hour film that goes inside a group therapy workshop for people who have attempted suicide more than once.
The Drop-in Group
A training package which profiles an AIDS prevention and education program for the mentally ill.
This program focuses on people who experience complex partial seizures, and whose symptoms are frequently misdiagnosed as psychiatric or emotional disorders.
Brings to life the emotional challenge of accepting the diagnosis that a family member has Alzheimer's disease, and of finding new ways to relate and communicate within the family. It's a frightening and humbling journey, but this engaging program offers some guideposts along the way.
Four people with bipolar disorder, along with their families and psychiatrists, share their struggles to achieve control over the illness and their lives.
Good Days, Bad Days
This intimate documentary profiles several individuals who love and support someone who is struggling with mental illness, examining the profound impact that these disorders can have on other family members.
The Hidden Face of Fear
Neuroscientists and psychologists are approaching a common understanding of how the brain's fear circuitry works, and changes.
Bulimia can affect women and men from all walks of life, and it kills nearly 20 percent of its victims every year. This moving documentary profiles individuals and families affected by this eating disorder.
A mental health nurse and a police officer ride the streets of the inner city in an unmarked police car, responding to 911 calls involving what are officially called "emotionally disturbed persons" (EDP).
Therapeutic Jurisprudence offers a new approach to meeting the needs of mentally ill people in the judicial system, by focusing on therapy and rehabilitation rather than jail.
Isn't She Lovely
This moving personal documentary is a brave attempt to understand and come to terms with a childhood profoundly affected by a parent's severe mental illness.
People with mental illnesses discuss the positive and negative impact of their psychiatric medications.
Follows three individuals whose lives and relationships have been disrupted by this sleep disorcer. A sleep specialist offers comprehensive scientific information about narcolepsy.
Not Just a Bad Day
Living under the shadow of one of the most commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses - bipolar dIsorder.
OCD: The War Inside
Explores the causes and possible treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, through the painful and occasionally funny stories of four children and adults with OCD.
Compulsive hoarding has been linked to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and dementia. This video profiles two families whose lives have been shaped by the "packrat," behavior of a family member.
The filmmaker uses time-lapse photography, stop-motion animation, and creative sound design to convey the emotions associated with the experience of panic attacks.
The autistic rights movement has challenged accepted views of autism, and worked to change how the world sees people with autism. Meet people at the forefront of this movement, and find out what they see as the positive aspects of living with autism.
Post Partum Depression
It's not just the "baby blues." This video is about the perhaps 2% of new mothers who experience the severe depression, delusions, paranoia and other symptoms of postpartum psychosis.
From the 1950's through the 1970's, autism was widely blamed on cold and rejecting mothers. This film explores the devastating impact of this misdiagnosis through the stories of seven mothers and their children.
Safety in Numbers
With pathos and humor, this short, experimental drama explores the sometimes unclear boundaries between the behaviors of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and "normalcy."
From Oscar-winning producer Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side), this multi-faceted documentary explores the full spectrum of anxiety-related disorders, from panic attacks and phobias to obsessive compulsive disorder.
State of Mind
Albert Pesso trains mental-health care works in Kinshasa, Congo, in a technique to help genocide survivors overcome the traumas they witnessed and endured.
Step on a Crack
Six people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder describe how they have learned to cope through medication, psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and mutual support.
When Boris Baberkoff suffers a heavy stroke, his wife, director Katarina Peters, develops an extremely individual strategy for survival: she clings to her video camera.
A comprehensive resource intended to aid stroke survivors and their caregivers during the ongoing recovery process.
Some people can't seem to throw anything away. This engaging documentary invites us to enter the mind of the compulsive hoarder, while dispelling the stereotype that all "packrats" are isolated elderly derelicts. Hoarding is widely thought to be related to OCD, but this film notes that recent studies suggest it may be a neurologically distinct condition.
Twitch and Shout
People with the sometimes startling symptoms of Tourette Syndrome contend with a society which often sees them as crazy, and with bodies and minds that won't always do what they're told.
When the Brain Goes Wrong
Portraits of individuals with brain dysfunctions including schizophrenia, manic depression, epilepsy, stroke, head injury, headaches and addiction. Physicians add information about causes and treatments.
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for men under the age of 35. Narrated by an Olympic gold snowboarder, this documentary tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage from head injuries while pursuing extreme sports.
Working Like Crazy
Once labeled "unemployable," these psychiatric survivors work and run businesses where they can make a living, rebuild their lives, connect with others, and contribute to society.
The narratives of ten people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder show it to be a "shape-shifter," its symptoms mutating sometimes erupting, sometimes controlled, but never quite disappearing.