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When Medicine Got It Wrong

Posted Jun 02 2010 7:45am

Written By Shahida Arabi

is a “human rights saga” documentary of the rebellious family movement that rose in the 1970’s .Parents revolted against doctors, politicians and society who blamed them for their children’s schizophrenia. It challenges the notion that mental illness is somehow separate from a biological illness, and strives to negate parents’ contribution to the illness. It will be broadcasted only two times this year, a DVD is also available for sale for those who miss the episode. Check the public television broadcast dates/times .

The medical establishment has often been criticized for its history of mistreatment towards the mentally ill. Yet perhaps the most forgotten victims of mental illness are the parents of the children who suffered extreme scrutiny and blame for the mental health issues of their progeny.  As we progress towards a dialogue of mental illness, this documentary provides crucial insight into how families suffer a direct negative impact as a result of the stigma that continues to exist.

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