Peabody Award-winning "Voices of an Illness" series.
"Schizophrenia: Voices of an Illness," narrated by Jason Robards
This Peabody-Award winning program, narrated by Academy Award-winner Jason Robards, is the first major radio documentary to feature people with the thought disorder telling their own stories in their own words. Eleven people - including a doctor, a writer & a teacher - provide intimate, first-person accounts of the onset, living with, & recovering from this most misunderstood illness. Presents leading clinicians, medical researchers & mental health advocates explaining this disease that affects one in 100 people & how a growing number of people are able to significantly improve thanks to new "second-generation" medications.
"Manic Depression: Voices of an Illness," narrated by Patty Duke
Manic Depression: Voices of an Illness, narrated by Academy and Emmy Award winner Patty Duke. This is the first major documentary to feature people with manic-depressive illness telling their own stories in their own words. The program features nine people with the mood disorder--including a Fortune 500 executive, a nurse, a high school teacher, a therapist, and Patty Duke herself--describing their efforts to stabilize the disorder's effect on their lives. The documentary examines the difficulties in obtaining a correct diagnosis and treatment, the impact on the family, personal and social stigma, cutting-edge research into new medications and treatments, as well as discussions with patients in various phases of the illness. It provides a message of hope and recovery. National Public Radio stations described "Manic Depression: Voices of An Illness" as "unlike any program of its kind... Brilliant... Extraordinary." The documentary has received an "unprecedented" listener response according to National Public Radio's Audience Services and is the winner of eight major broadcast journalism awards.
"Depression: Voices of an Illness," narrated by Rod Steiger
This one-hour program, narrated by Academy Award-winner Rod Steiger, features a Harvard professor, an engineer, a high school student, among others, telling their stories of struggle and triumph over this common, yet often unrecognized and untreated brain disorder that affects one out of every ten Americans. In addition, mental health experts, including researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health and elsewhere, highlight groundbreaking new medications and talk therapies which are having a remarkable success in helping people with clinical depression return to healthy lives. Academy Award-winner Rod Steiger adds his own voice to the others, sharing his personal battle with clinical depression. The third in the Peabody Award-winning series, "Depression: Voices of An Illness," has aired on over 250 National Public Radio and selected commercial stations across the country since its premiere in National Mental Health Month, May 1996. The program has won an EDI Award from The National Easter Seals Society for promoting the "equality, dignity and independence of people with disabilities," and the American Psychiatric Association's prestigious Robert L. Robinson Award. The National Institute of Mental Health hailed the "Voices of An Illness" series for "truly setting new standards of creativity and scientific accuracy in broadcast journalism."