Mysteries of Mental Illness

Mysteries of Mental Illness explores the story of mental illness in science and society. The four-part series traces the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. It explores dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and gives voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.

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Funding for Mysteries of Mental Illness is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Johnson & Johnson, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, and Draper, and through the support of PBS viewers.

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Dr. Igda Martinez | Decolonizing Mental Health


Dr. Igda Martinez is dedicated to empowering unhoused people and breaking stereotypes.

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Dr. Hooman Keshavarzi | Decolonizing Mental Health


Dr. Keshavarzi is building psychological treatment processes around faith-based concepts.

Rosalba Calleros & Alan Alfaro | Decolonizing Mental Health


A mother's struggle to find adequate mental healthcare for her son with a disability.

Adriana Alejandre | Decolonizing Mental Health


Adriana Alejandre decides to change the way the Latinx community views mental healthcare.

Drs. Fosters-Circle of Life | Decolonizing Mental Health


Native psychologists push for a move away from self and into the circularity of nature.

Shelby Rowe | Decolonizing Mental Health


Struggle against a culture that robs Native people of their identity and sense of self.

Drs. Fosters-Modern Warrior | Decolonizing Mental Health


Those leaving the reservation for higher education have tools to protect their community.