A History of Britain’s Asylum System

This brilliantly made BBC documentary tells the story of the UK’s Victorian mental institutions from their inception, through the revolution in treatment and finally ending in their closure in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Patients and medical staff paint a picture of a system that failed in many ways, particularly with respect to experimental … More A History of Britain’s Asylum System

Mad but Glad?

‘Mad but Glad‘ is the name of an excellent BBC Documentary that examines the link between conditions like Tourette Syndrome, Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s Disease, Autism and artistic flair.  The film follows Tourette’s sufferer and highly accomplished classical pianist and author, Nick van Bloss, on his quest to understand more about what drives creativity.  In so doing … More Mad but Glad?

Finding Meaning In and Through Suffering

Dr. Viktor Frankl – Holocaust Survivor, Psychiatrist and founder of ‘Logotherapy’ – makes a very cogent case for the benefits of finding meaning in and through suffering.  Logotherapy contends that by re-orientating ones attitude to a particular situation, and by finding meaning in that situation, then it is possible to live a more fulfilling and … More Finding Meaning In and Through Suffering