A new out­look on men­tal ill­ness

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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.

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