Abnormal Psychology

A Deathly Silence

A Deathly Silence

This powerful film examines the intellectual attraction of suicide to a vulnerable teen and the catastrophic impact on his family. Campbell Bolton came from a high achieving, middle class family and had no background of drug abuse, violence or psychiatric illness. He was funny, charismatic and extremely intelligent. He ran away from home and was not heard from for 16 days before committing suicide.

A Stranger in Our Home

A Stranger in Our Home

This gripping documentary exposes the alarming rise of sexual predators on the Internet. In this fast growing criminal arena, one in five young people with Internet access are sexually approached on the web. The predators slip silently into homes, assuming false identites to attract their unsuspecting victims.

Before They Fall off the Cliff

Before They Fall off the Cliff

This is a story of a family where paranoid schizophrenia took its heavy toll, but also gave it the courage to forgive and to enlighten others about mental illness.

Beyond the Borderline

Beyond the Borderline

This documentary revisits five women suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. We met them last six years ago in an earlier film (Borderline Syndrome: A Personality Disorder of Our Time) about this controversial diagnosis. While the first film concentrated on clinical issues, this new production allows us to see the gains they have made in personal functioning.

Blind Spot

Vanessa enjoyed a loving, secure family life until the age of twelve when her sixteen-year-old sister began having schizophrenic episodes. From that moment on, life in the family was fraught with concern and anxiety for the mysterious, unpredictable and frightening behavior of her adored sibling. In Blind Spot, Vanessa expresses to her parents the anger, shame, and sense of deprivation she felt, not only for the "loss" of her sister but what she perceived as the loss of their nurturing.

Borderline Syndrome: A Personality Disorder of Our Time

Patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder are a growing and burdensome population in mental health facilities. Since the diagnosis is fairly new, there is a great need for more information.

Brainstorm

Brainstorm

Winston Churchill described it as "staring the black dog in the eye." Author William Styron refers to it as "darkness visible" and singer Tim Finn, as "dirty creature." They are among the surprisingly high number of people who have experienced depression, a mood disorder thought to be caused by a chemical disturbance in the brain.

Captive Minds: Hypnosis and Beyond

How do cults hold on to their disciples? How do the Marines command such loyalty? Why do Jesuit priests submit to a lifetime of strict authority?

This film explains how long-term conditioning takes place and shows that the indoctrination methods of disparate institutions are surprisingly similar. Recruits are isolated and worked to exhaustion. Confused and frightened, they readily submit to a leader, be it guru, fuhrer, or sergeant.

Childhood's End

This documentary portrait of three suicidal youngsters will help counselors, parents and young people begin a constructive dialogue.

Deception: Munchausen's Disorder

Deception: Munchausen's Disorder

People afflicted with Munchausen's disorder invent illnesses in order to be admitted to a hospital. They repeatedly turn up in emergency rooms, claiming to be in acute distress and falsifying their medical histories. So convincing is their deception that they may even be operated on needlessly.

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