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Why Did I Go Mad?

Following three people living with voices, hallucinations and paranoia to explore what causes them, examining the impact of social, biological and environmental influences.

For hundreds of years, psychiatry has treated voices and hallucinations as an enemy - regarding them as 'insanity' or 'madness' and seeing them as something to be quashed and even frightened of. But today, new scientific and psychological insights into how the brain works are leading to a radical rethink on what such experiences are - and how they should be treated.

Horizon follows three people living with voices, hallucinations and paranoia, to explore what causes this kind of phenomena. Providing a rare first-hand insight into these experiences, they reveal just what it is like to live with them day to day. They examine the impact of social, biological and environmental influences on conditions traditionally associated with insanity, such as schizophrenia and psychosis, and within the film they look at how new ways of understanding the brain are leading to a dramatic change in treatments and approaches, and examine whether targeting the root causes of psychosis can lead to recovery. Above all, they try to uncover why it happened to them - and whether it could happen to you.

1 hour

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    Tame Impala

    Elephant

Credits

Role Contributor
Series Editor Steve Crabtree
Producer Luke Mendham

Broadcasts

  • Tue 2 May 2017 21:00
  • Thu 4 May 2017 23:15
  • Fri 19 May 2017 02:25

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