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About this work


A film about recognising and treating people with depression looking at patients and clinical recognition, treatment and effectiveness. To start, three patients speak to camera about their low mood. In a hospital situation, a male patient who has been admitted has mysterious symptoms with a history of multiple admissions, he is discussed by an experienced physician and junior colleagues. This appears to be dramatised; he identifies depression as the cause. In the United Kingdom, at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Dr C. M. Pare also visits a patient and listens to how a patient describes her moods. He underlies how physical symtoms often manifest prior to obvious indicators of a deterioration in mental health (sleep etc). J. F . Silverstone from St Bartholomew's also contributes to the discussion. A comparison between how depression manifests itself in young and older people is made. A number of other experienced clinicians from the United Kingdom also share their experiences (the film visits them in their institutions). How anti-depression drugs work is discussed in the form of a lecture to practitioners; there is an issue with dosage and effectiveness. A clinician from Denmark (name hard to read on the film) explains how lithium is effective and has a role in treating mania. Their interaction and treating anxiety, depression and insomnia is discussed.



Physical description

1 film reel (31 min. ) : sound, colour, 16 mm


Note on the film credits indicates that this film is accompanied by a detailed monograph on depression (not part of the collection); the monograph contains detailed prescribing information about Norpramin (desipramime hydrochloride).

Creator/production credits

Presented by Lakeside. From Medcom Learning Systems. Executive Producer; Alfred R. Kelman, Producer; Richard C. Fuisz, Film Editors; Eleanor Hamerow, Eugene Shapiro, Cameras; Robert Elfstron, Harry Hart, Sound; Alan Dater, Donald Warren.

Copyright note

Medcom Learning Systems.



  • English

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