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Evil or Illness

Treatment of mental illness over history has been trial and error.

Who’s Normal?

Science and societal factors shape ever-shifting definitions of mental health and illness.

The Rise and Fall of the Asylum

The fascinating story behind the rise and fall of the mental asylum in the United States.

New Frontiers

Today, with cutting-edge treatments for mental illness, the biggest battle is inclusion.

About 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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