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Driving Mum Crazy

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 05 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:388
  1. Iain McClure, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist
  1. Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria

    Channel 5, Fridays at 8 30 pm, 11 to 25 January

    Can the media do justice to mental health issues? Channel 4's recent series Psychos was strongly condemned by the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Public Education Committee and other interest groups for its inflammatory title and insensitive content. Media coverage of mental health topics is increasing, with particular focus on child and adolescent issues. But what constitutes abnormal behaviour?

    At the extreme end of the spectrum, the “Bulger case” has raised debate about what levels of disturbance children are capable of. Milder, but much more common, hyperkinetic disorder (or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and its treatment options are also of concern. With this in mind, I was intrigued to see how this complex subject was tackled by Channel 5's recent documentary series Driving Mum Crazy.

    I was struck by the explicitness of the violence shown. For example, …

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