Category Archives: Psychology

James May: Things You Need To Know: About The Brain

Do you really know what is happening inside your head? James May does and it turns out there is a lot more than you would imagine. With the aid of some mind-boggling animation and motion graphics, he cranks open your cranium to get the answers from 100 billion whizzing neurons on questions like why men don’t ask for directions, why your memory is so bad and what love has in common with class A drugs. Packed full of brain-bending science that is sure to blow your mind – you will never think of your grey matter in the same way again!

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Overcoming Depression: Four Patients Teach Valuable Techniques

Overcoming Depression  is an acclaimed documentary, four people will talk about their depression and actually teach the techniques that they have used to help overcome this serious and most widespread mental condition. These techniques are based on cognitive behavioral therapy, a very successful and popular form of therapy for many types of depression, general anxiety disorder and other spectrums of the anxiety type disorders.

Additionally, insight is given by Professor Philip Boyce, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney.

The program is presented by well known comedian Spike Milligan, who despite suffering from severe and debilitating depression for much of his time, has managed to lead a very full and creative life

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The Madness of Bedlam

Here is a fantastic Time Team Special about Bedlam Hospital, one of the actors who plays a chap called Alexander Cruden is none other than Michael Wisniewski who has been in many TV series and Films. In fact he plays two different roles in this, look out for the prison guard and the guy chained to a bed. In this special episode, we explore the world’s first lunatic asylum which opened 700 years ago in Bishopsgate, London, and soon after became known as Bedlam Hospital.

Now, during the redevelopment of Liverpool Street Station for London’s Crossrail, a dig beside the site of the original hospital has uncovered numerous bodies in a medieval graveyard. We search the archives to learn about the lives of Bedlam’s patients, while Alex Langlands tries ancient treatments for madness first hand. Narrated by Tony Robinson.

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Suicide: A Documentary Film

Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death. Suicide is often committed out of despair, the cause of which is frequently attributed to a mental disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, alcoholism, or drug abuse.

Stress factors such as financial difficulties or troubles with interpersonal relationships often play a role. Efforts to prevent suicide include limiting access to firearms, treating mental illness and drug misuse, and improving economic development. Although crisis hotlines are common there is little evidence for their effectiveness.

The most commonly used method of suicide varies by country and is partly related to availability. Common methods include: hanging, pesticide poisoning, and firearms. Around 800,000 to a million people die by suicide every year, making it the 10th leading cause of death worldwide.[2][4] Rates are higher in men than in women, with males three to four times more likely to kill themselves than females.[5] There are an estimated 10 to 20 million non-fatal attempted suicides every year.[6] Attempts are more common in young people and females.

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A Boy’s Life

A Boy’s Life is a very rare documentary that aired back in 2003. It is not currently available in any retail format and until now has been near impossible to find in its entirety anywhere at all, not even in the Amazon’s DVDs documentary store. The video is a digitized copy of an original VHS tape from and old collection that was recorded when it first aired.

The film “follows a Mississippi family’s attempts to deal with an increasingly violent and erratic child.”  The uploader has done his best to improve the audio quality because the VHS was wearing, but indeed, it is still spotty at points.

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