Borders Of Sanity, The [world Service]

Episodes

EpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
RepeatedComments
01Depression in Japan - The Compass2016081120160813 (WS)

Why is Japan going through a revolution in the awareness and treatment of depression?

The Compass - exploring our world.

Up until the late 1990s, depression was all but unknown in Japanese society and pharmaceutical companies had given up on trying to sell anti-depressants there. Fast forward to today and court cases alleging overwork depression and overwork suicide, reassuring commercial branding of depression as a "cold of the soul" and increased media attention have turned Japan into a highly medicated society. In the first episode of a five-part series about mental health and culture, Christopher Harding explores how in just a few years, psychiatrists, lawyers and the pharmaceutical companies helped introduce 'depression' to Japan.

Producer: Keith Moore

(Photo by Tori Sugari)

01Depression in Japan - The Compass2016081120160814 (WS)

Why is Japan going through a revolution in the awareness and treatment of depression?

The Compass - exploring our world.

Up until the late 1990s, depression was all but unknown in Japanese society and pharmaceutical companies had given up on trying to sell anti-depressants there. Fast forward to today and court cases alleging overwork depression and overwork suicide, reassuring commercial branding of depression as a "cold of the soul" and increased media attention have turned Japan into a highly medicated society. In the first episode of a five-part series about mental health and culture, Christopher Harding explores how in just a few years, psychiatrists, lawyers and the pharmaceutical companies helped introduce 'depression' to Japan.

Producer: Keith Moore

(Photo by Tori Sugari)

01Depression in Japan - The Compass20160811

Why is Japan going through a revolution in the awareness and treatment of depression?

The Compass - exploring our world.

Up until the late 1990s, depression was all but unknown in Japanese society and pharmaceutical companies had given up on trying to sell anti-depressants there. Fast forward to today and court cases alleging overwork depression and overwork suicide, reassuring commercial branding of depression as a "cold of the soul" and increased media attention have turned Japan into a highly medicated society. In the first episode of a five-part series about mental health and culture, Christopher Harding explores how in just a few years, psychiatrists, lawyers and the pharmaceutical companies helped introduce 'depression' to Japan.

Producer: Keith Moore

(Photo by Tori Sugari)

01The Compass2016081120160814 (WS)

Why is Japan going through a revolution in the awareness and treatment of depression?

Up until the late 1990s, depression was all but unknown in Japanese society and pharmaceutical companies had given up on trying to sell anti-depressants there. Fast forward to today and court cases alleging overwork depression and overwork suicide, reassuring commercial branding of depression as a "cold of the soul" and increased media attention have turned Japan into a highly medicated society. In the first episode of a five-part series about mental health and culture, Christopher Harding explores how in just a few years, psychiatrists, lawyers and the pharmaceutical companies helped introduce 'depression' to Japan.

Producer: Keith Moore

(Photo by Tori Sugari)

02Increase in Mental Health Issues Among Teenagers in Sweden - The Compass2016081820160820 (WS)

'Democratic parenting' and social media use could be behind young people's anxiety

The Compass - exploring our world.

Despite Sweden's reputation as an ideal place to grow up, the mental health of its adolescents has become a public health concern, with more young people reporting problems and seeking psychiatric help. Is it down to a tougher economic climate, school stress, social media, so-called "curling parents"? Christopher Harding investigates and asks whether Sweden is struggling to strike a balance between good mental health awareness and the creation of a medicalized culture of vulnerability with young people hung up on everyday troubles and traumas, dwelling on their reactions as pathological.

Producer: Keith Moore

(A group of teenagers. Credit to IStock)

02Increase in Mental Health Issues Among Teenagers in Sweden - The Compass2016081820160821 (WS)

'Democratic parenting' and social media use could be behind young people's anxiety

The Compass - exploring our world.

Despite Sweden's reputation as an ideal place to grow up, the mental health of its adolescents has become a public health concern, with more young people reporting problems and seeking psychiatric help. Is it down to a tougher economic climate, school stress, social media, so-called "curling parents"? Christopher Harding investigates and asks whether Sweden is struggling to strike a balance between good mental health awareness and the creation of a medicalized culture of vulnerability with young people hung up on everyday troubles and traumas, dwelling on their reactions as pathological.

Producer: Keith Moore

(A group of teenagers. Credit to IStock)

02Increase in Mental Health Issues Among Teenagers in Sweden - The Compass20160818

'Democratic parenting' and social media use could be behind young people's anxiety

The Compass - exploring our world.

Despite Sweden's reputation as an ideal place to grow up, the mental health of its adolescents has become a public health concern, with more young people reporting problems and seeking psychiatric help. Is it down to a tougher economic climate, school stress, social media, so-called "curling parents"? Christopher Harding investigates and asks whether Sweden is struggling to strike a balance between good mental health awareness and the creation of a medicalized culture of vulnerability with young people hung up on everyday troubles and traumas, dwelling on their reactions as pathological.

Producer: Keith Moore

(A group of teenagers. Credit to IStock)

02The Compass2016081820160821 (WS)

Despite Sweden's reputation as an ideal place to grow up, the mental health of its adolescents has become a public health concern, with more young people reporting problems and seeking psychiatric help. Is it down to a tougher economic climate, school stress, social media, so-called "curling parents"? Christopher Harding investigates and asks whether Sweden is struggling to strike a balance between good mental health awareness and the creation of a medicalized culture of vulnerability with young people hung up on everyday troubles and traumas, dwelling on their reactions as pathological.

Producer: Keith Moore

(A group of teenagers. Credit to IStock)

'Democratic parenting' and social media use could be behind young people's anxiety

03Hearing Voices in the UK - The Compass2016082520160828 (WS)

Hearing voices was once considered a sign of madness but has there been a cultural shift?

The Compass - exploring our world.

For years, hearing voices served as a symbol of a fear we all share - losing our minds. But voice hearing is now known to be an experience of almost limitless range, from cruel distress to creativity and meaning. The UK is at the forefront of a movement that has changed the way patients and psychiatrists view the voices that some people hear. Christopher Harding is in his adopted homeland of Scotland to explore how our ideas about the mind, and about reality shape these experiences and what life is like for voice hearers in the UK today.

(Photo: Silouhette of man sitting on top of a hill under a tree. Credit: Shutterstock)

03Hearing Voices in the UK - The Compass20160825

Hearing voices was once considered a sign of madness but has there been a cultural shift?

The Compass - exploring our world.

For years, hearing voices served as a symbol of a fear we all share - losing our minds. But voice hearing is now known to be an experience of almost limitless range, from cruel distress to creativity and meaning. The UK is at the forefront of a movement that has changed the way patients and psychiatrists view the voices that some people hear. Christopher Harding is in his adopted homeland of Scotland to explore how our ideas about the mind, and about reality shape these experiences and what life is like for voice hearers in the UK today.

(Photo: Silouhette of man sitting on top of a hill under a tree. Credit: Shutterstock)

03The Compass2016082520160828 (WS)

Hearing voices was once considered a sign of madness but has there been a cultural shift?

For years, hearing voices served as a symbol of a fear we all share - losing our minds. But voice hearing is now known to be an experience of almost limitless range, from cruel distress to creativity and meaning. The UK is at the forefront of a movement that has changed the way patients and psychiatrists view the voices that some people hear. Christopher Harding is in his adopted homeland of Scotland to explore how our ideas about the mind, and about reality shape these experiences and what life is like for voice hearers in the UK today.

(Photo: Silouhette of man sitting on top of a hill under a tree. Credit: Shutterstock)

04Healing in Ghana - The Compass2016090120160904 (WS)

What options do people in Ghana have when a person suffers mental illness?

The Compass - exploring our world.

What options do people in Ghana have when a person suffers mental illness? In this religious country, most people seek out spiritual interpretations or traditional methods of healing. Despite there being only 18 trained psychiatrists in the whole of Ghana, advocates of Western-style practices have been pushing for the use of medication and the human rights of the mentally ill. In this final programme of a four-part series, Christopher Harding asks whether spiritual and biological interpretations and treatments for mental illness can ever get along.

(Photo: A street in Ghana)

04Healing in Ghana - The Compass20160901

What options do people in Ghana have when a person suffers mental illness?

The Compass - exploring our world.

What options do people in Ghana have when a person suffers mental illness? In this religious country, most people seek out spiritual interpretations or traditional methods of healing. Despite there being only 18 trained psychiatrists in the whole of Ghana, advocates of Western-style practices have been pushing for the use of medication and the human rights of the mentally ill. In this final programme of a four-part series, Christopher Harding asks whether spiritual and biological interpretations and treatments for mental illness can ever get along.

(Photo: A street in Ghana)

04The Compass2016090120160904 (WS)

What options do people in Ghana have when a person suffers mental illness?

What options do people in Ghana have when a person suffers mental illness? In this religious country, most people seek out spiritual interpretations or traditional methods of healing. Despite there being only 18 trained psychiatrists in the whole of Ghana, advocates of Western-style practices have been pushing for the use of medication and the human rights of the mentally ill. In this final programme of a four-part series, Christopher Harding asks whether spiritual and biological interpretations and treatments for mental illness can ever get along.

Producer: Keith Moore

(Photo of a street in Ghana. BBC Copyright)

05Exploring Culture and Mental Health - The Compass2016090820160911 (WS)

How does culture influence mental health and treatment?

The Compass - exploring our world.

Christopher Harding is joined by a panel of experts to discuss the influence that culture has on mental illness and mental health treatment. The questions being answered are a culmination of the series in which he explored depression in Japan, adolescent mental health in Sweden, the change in how those who hear voices in the UK are treated and the treatment of mental health in Ghana.

(Photo: A border crossing. Credit: Shutterstock)

05Exploring Culture and Mental Health - The Compass20160908

How does culture influence mental health and treatment?

The Compass - exploring our world.

Christopher Harding is joined by a panel of experts to discuss the influence that culture has on mental illness and mental health treatment. The questions being answered are a culmination of the series in which he explored depression in Japan, adolescent mental health in Sweden, the change in how those who hear voices in the UK are treated and the treatment of mental health in Ghana.

(Photo: A border crossing. Credit: Shutterstock)

05The Compass2016090820160911 (WS)

How does culture influence mental health and treatment?

Christopher Harding is joined by a panel of experts to discuss the influence that culture has on mental illness and mental health treatment. The questions being answered are a culmination of the series in which he explored depression in Japan, adolescent mental health in Sweden, the change in how those who hear voices in the UK are treated and the treatment of mental health in Ghana.

(Photo: A border crossing. Credit: Shutterstock)