Mysteries of Mental Illness

Mysteries of Mental Illness explores the story of mental illness in science and society, tracing the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times.

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Episodes Season 1

  • 1. Evil or Illness?

    Examine ancient conceptions of mental illness and the establishment of psychiatry and hear contemporary stories of people living with mental illness.

  • 2. Who’s Normal?

    Trace efforts to develop guidelines for diagnosing mental illness rooted in empirical science rather than dogma.

  • 3. The Rise and Fall of the Asylum

    Follow the origin and fall of mental asylums in the U.S. Glimpse inside Cook County prison, the nation’s largest unintended mental health facility.

  • 4. The New Frontiers

    Explore today’s most cutting-edge treatments, based on the latest understanding.

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