Medicine And The Media

The anguish of teenage mental illness

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7106.494 (Published 23 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:494
  1. John Pearce, department of child and adolescent psychiatry
  1. Nottingham University

    This Sunday at 7 30 pm Channel 4 screens The Madness of Children, a documentary that goes behind the scenes of an adolescent psychiatric unit in Manchester. Professor John Pearce says there is woefully inadequate provision for this age group.

    The title says it all. The Madness of Children confuses as much as it enlightens. What is madness? A good word to make people sit up and listen, but not very helpful as a description of a group of children who suffer from a range of disabling and potentially life threatening mental disorders. The producer, David Cohen, made Gorbachev's Asylums, and his documentary provides echoes of old mental asylums with shots of long green painted corridors, beds crammed too close …

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