In this film, Dr Anwar tries to answer a question about what changes physically when someone has a mental illness and how medication helps.
This film is part of a series of group discussions on parental mental illness. If you want to watch more from this collection, you can find them on the Resources section of our website.
If you are using this film as part of a lesson or workshop, you might find the information below useful to support discussion.
- The beauty of this film is that a boy summarises what Dr Anwar is trying to say very well, but it illustrates the confusion sometimes created by the concept of ‘chemical imbalances in the brain’ – the reason often given for mental illness.
- An important point from this film is that it’s worth trying to explain a concept to young people. Often young people help you themselves and the really important part is talking about it, raising the questions, and looking at the answers together.
- Explaining mental illness can be hard, even for experts!
- Mental illness is sometimes unhelpfully described as a ‘chemical imbalance in the brain’ but this does not fully explain what is happening.
- The medication to ‘balance’ this can lead to unwanted side effects.
Duration of film
5 minutes, 08 seconds