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Mysteries of Mental Illness explores the story of mental illness in science and society, tracing the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. The four-part series examines the dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and give voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.

Mysteries of Mental Illness premiered June 22 and 23, 2021. (Check Local Listings)


An Olympic boxer struggling with OCD... a Harlem pastor wrestling with depression... a transgender lawyer recovering from years of self-loathing... a young activist coming to terms with her schizophrenia‚Ķ Around one in four people suffer from mental illness. Yet a diagnosis of a mental disorder still carries a stigma that a heart condition or other physical ailment doesn't, largely because mental illness has been so poorly understood for so long. 

The landmark series Mysteries of Mental Illness places the stories of those living with mental illness today in a broader historic, scientific, and social context. The series traces how our understanding of mental illness has evolved from an ancient conception of spiritual affliction to the latest 21st century neurobiological breakthroughs. 

At a time when mental health has been thrust to the fore by Covid 19, Mysteries of Mental Illness provides an invaluable framework to create deeper national understanding and dialogue.


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View full episodes, shorts, previews, and other videos from Mysteries of Mental Illness.

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Virtual sneak peek screenings of Mysteries of Mental Illness, and events related to the project, are happening across the country.