A new outlook on mental illness
How Mad Are You?, SBS, Thursday, October 11 at 8.30pm
THIS new two-part SBS documentary series addresses mental illness in a way never seen before on television.
Ten Australians, from all backgrounds and ages, spend a week together. Five have a history of mental illness. Five do not. All have agreed to take part in this daring study in the hope of breaking down stigma.
The volunteers take part in a series of specially designed tests and challenges overseen by clinical psychiatrist Dr Steve Ellen.
The tests are designed to highlight the symptoms and character traits which could indicate some of the most common psychiatric disorders affecting around four million Australians – clinical depression, social anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anorexia nervosa.