New Program on Nebraska Public Media Explores ‘Mysteries of Mental Illness’

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New Program on Nebraska Public Media Explores ‘Mysteries of Mental Illness’

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 8, 2021) – Explore the evolution in understanding, and the dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the difficult questions surrounding mental illness when “Mysteries of Mental Illness” airs from 8-10 p.m. CT, Tuesday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 23 on Nebraska Public Media.

The new PBS series takes an in-depth look at questions people have grappled with throughout history: What causes it? And how is it best treated?

“Mysteries of Mental Illness” gives voice to Americans representing a spectrum of experiences and traces the evolution of mental illness from its earliest days to present times, exploring dramatic attempts to unravel its mysteries.

The first night, “Evil or Illness?” examines conceptions of mental illness and the establishment of psychiatry.

The second night, “Who’s Normal” traces efforts to develop guidelines for diagnosing mental illness based in science instead of dogma.

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Cecilia McGough lives with schizophrenia.
Cecilia McGough lives with schizophrenia. While studying astrophysics in college, she founded the non-profit Students with Psychosis.