SEARCH TIPS

Adolescence

Aging & Gerontology

AIDS & HIV

Alzheimer's Caregiving

Body Image

Brain Disorders

Cancer

Chronic Illness

Cross-Cultural Care

Death & Dying

Disabilities

Ethics

Family Issues

Gender & Sexuality

Genetics

Global Health

Grief & Recovery

Homelessness

Maternal & Child Health

Mental Health & Psychology

Nursing

Obesity

Pain Management

Sexual Abuse/Violence

Substance Abuse

Suicide/Self Injury

Women's Health


Contact Fanlight

Join Email List

Requests for
Digital Rights

Follow Us! On...
Twitter







photo Meds
Gary and Krista Ledbetter
Anna Ledbetter

This intimate documentary explores the ups and downs experienced by a diverse group of people with mental illnesses, who have been prescribed psychiatric medications to gain control over their lives. For many, as one of them says, their meds have been "a godsend — because many years ago, there were no such things as medications and terrible things happened to people with mental illness." For others, though, the side effects of the meds, including metabolic syndrome, tremors, involuntary pacing, sexual difficulties, depression and paranoia, have become immobilizing: "You start to get tremors or just different things that are more abnormal to you than the illness itself."

The interviewees candidly discuss the positive impact medications have had in controlling the devastating symptoms of their illnesses, as well as the side effects — the reasons some may choose not to take medications, while others work with their doctors to try alternatives, adjust their dosages, and somehow learn to live with a steady diet of medications. They also talk about lifestyle changes that help them live with their conditions. Ultimately, the possibility of again succumbing to the symptoms of their illnesses keeps most of the participants in this film on their meds, while learning new coping strategies in order to live a healthy life.

29 minutes
© 2006
Purchase $229 DVD
Order No. QA-460
ISBN (DVD) 1-57295-861-8
close captioned

Awards & Conference Screenings
Merit Award, Intercom 2007
Western Psychological Association
WorldFest Houston Film Festival,
Platinum Remi Award

Related Films
Good Days, Bad Days: This intimate documentary profiles several individuals who love and support someone who is struggling with mental illness, examining the profound impact that these disorders can have on other family members.

A Change of Character: Truett Allen's personality changed drastically after a series of strokes resulted in damage to the frontal lobes of his brain. This captivating video features neuroscientist Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of The Executive Brain, as well as neurologist and best-selling author Dr. Oliver Sacks (Awakenings).

The Dark Side of the Moon: The stories of three mentally disabled men, formerly homeless, who have overcome despair, stigma and isolation to become valued members of their community.

Depression: Fighting the Dragon: This compelling documentary explores the growing prevalence of depression, and the research breakthroughs that could finally unlock its secrets.

Introducing TJ: Therapeutic Jurisprudence offers a new approach to meeting the needs of mentally ill people in the judicial system, by focusing on therapy and rehabilitation rather than jail.

Isn't She Lovely: This moving personal documentary is a brave attempt to understand and come to terms with a childhood profoundly affected by a parent's severe mental illness.

When the Brain Goes Wrong: Portraits of individuals with brain dysfunctions including schizophrenia, manic depression, epilepsy, stroke, head injury, headaches and addiction. Physicians add information about causes and treatments.

Working Like Crazy: Once labeled "unemployable," these psychiatric survivors work and run businesses where they can make a living, rebuild their lives, connect with others, and contribute to society.


Awards & Screenings

Related Films

Web Resources


bar


Click on a purchase option to add it to your cart.

  Meds DVD Purchase, $229.00
  Meds, One-Day DVD Rental, $60.00

 

View Shopping Cart

If ordering from outside the United States, please fax (718) 488-8642 or email Fanlight to inquire about availability.
International Order Policy