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Treatment for Youth Mental Illness (12:29)


Young people with mental illness share their breaking points that led to them getting treatment. For many people it is their "rock bottom" when nothing else seems to matter. Parents often view youth mental illness as something they need to fix.

Acceptance (10:25)

For many teens, accepting their "rock bottom" helps them move forward. Talking to someone else can provide a different perspective on the situation. Many parents do not fully understand how to support their children.

Diagnosis (08:17)

Experts determine a diagnosis by asking questions, observing behavior, and gaining a person's trust. Human civilizations have always had mental health diagnoses. Many mental illnesses are genetic and affected by environmental conditions.

Medication (07:58)

The use of medication is different for everyone; doctors can treat the same diagnosis with different medications. Medication is a treatment method, not a cure. All medications have side effects, which vary by person.

Therapy (08:13)

Therapy is often necessary, in addition to medication, to manage a mental illness. Some people just need somebody to talk to but finding a specialized therapist or the right therapist can be difficult.

Inpatient (15:01)

More severe mental health symptoms require higher levels of intervention, like a stay at an inpatient facility. Inpatient is about keeping a person safe and helping them get better, but it can be disruptive to a regular schedule.

Family Therapy (04:03)

Many teens with mental illness can benefit from family therapy. Family therapy is less common than individual therapy.

Double Stigma (09:04)

Double stigma comes from having a mental illness and being part of a minority. It makes it less likely for minorities to talk about mental illness and receive help.

Criminalization (09:16)

Many people with mental illness, especially addiction, have run-ins with the criminal justice system. The system cannot handle people who should be in the mental health system.

Desperation (10:01)

The suicide of a teen that showed no previous signs of mental illness rocks his high school. Some teens reach a moment of desperation that they feel they cannot escape. The teen's friends started the Every Student Initiative to get students talking about mental health concerns.

Talking About Mental Illness (14:19)

Many people feel conversations about mental health are changing. People are more open about mental illness and showing that it can be overcome.

Credits: "Episode 2: Resilience (Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness)" (06:28)

Credits: "Episode 2: Resilience (Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness)"

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Episode 2: Resilience (Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness)

Part of the Series : Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness
3-Year Streaming Price: $199.95



In "Resilience," the second episode of Hiding in Plain Sight, our “heroes” speak about finding help and inpatient and/or outpatient treatment. It also explores the criminalization of mental illness, tragedy of youth suicide, and “double stigma” that occurs when mental illness is combined with racial or gender discrimination. Throughout, the interviewees demonstrate the power of resiliency and hope.

Length: 113 minutes

Item#: BVL282620

Copyright date: ©2022

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