PSYCH WEEK RETURNS TO DISCOVERY FIT & HEALTH
--Weeklong Programming Block Kicks-off Memorial Day--
(Los Angeles, Ca.) In honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month, Discovery Fit & Health continues a meaningful dialogue on the subject with its fourthannual PSYCH WEEK, a weeklong programming event airing Monday, May 27 to Friday, May 31. With mental health programming airing nightly, beginning Monday, May 27 at 8 PM ET/PT, PSYCH WEEK will profile individuals dealing with a spectrum of afflictions and addictions, from Tourette's, sexsomnia, and bipolar disorder to autism, hoarding and obsessive compulsive disorder.
On Monday, May 27 at 9 PM ET/PT, PSYCH WEEK kicks-off with BORN SCHIZOPHRENIC: JANI AT 10, an hour-long special that checks in with theSchofield family - previously featured in two Discovery Fit & Health specials - as they continue to navigate raising a schizophrenic child. Jani - one of the youngest children ever diagnosed with schizophrenia - is now 10 and while she has had some major improvements in controlling her vivid hallucinations, delusions and violentrages, her brother Bodhi - who has shown early signs of the disease - has experienced some setbacks.
Following BORN SCHIZOPHRENIC at 10 PM ET/PT is the premiere of THIS IS AUTISM, an eye-opening glimpse into the everyday lives of families living with autism. Documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux travels to New Jersey's Development Learning Center-Warren, one of the most innovative autism schools of its kind, to meet the students and their families and experience the pleasures and the strains of these extraordinary relationships. During the one-hour, Theroux meets three families with children on different levels of the autistic spectrum: Joey, whose mother Carol is finding it increasingly hard to cope with some of the more challenging aspects of his disorder; Paula and Paulo, the exhausted parents of autistic twins who struggle to find moments of enjoyment and long to see their children involved in "normal" child activities; and Nicky, who is 19, making good progress at DLC Warren and about to leave, but the prospect of change leads to increasing anxiety and erratic behavior.
On Thursday, May 30 at 10 PM ET/PT, PSYCH WEEK continues with BIPOLAR MYSTERIES: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? This one-hour special catches up with the four families - originally featured in Bipolar Mysteries - three years later. The children include Chase, who had been hospitalized six times by the age of seven, a grandmother raising four kids diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Samantha who was diagnosed bipolar at age three, and Kelsey who was facing intensifying social pressures as she approached her teen years.
Other PSYCH WEEK programs include:
Born Schizophrenic: January's Story - Monday, May 27 at 8 PM ET/PT
This one-hour special introduces the Schofield Family, whose daughter Jani, was diagnosed as schizophrenic at five-years old, making her one of only two children to EVER receive that diagnosis. Jani experiences vivid hallucinations, delusions and uncontrollable violent rages, yet can be soft spoken and possesses a geniusIQ. Her friends are her hallucinations - rats and cats - who can sometimes be good playmates, but ultimately push her towards violence. Janican't be trusted with her two-year-old brother Bodhi since she has tried toharm him, forcing her parents to live in separate apartments to keep him safe
Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder - Tuesday, May 28 at 8 PM ET/PT
Britain's most extreme hoarder is in desperate need of help. His three-bedroom house is so packed that it takes him 40 minutes to crawl through the narrow passageway from his front door to the one chair he sits in and sleeps in. Can he clean up his home?
My Strange Phobia - Tuesday, May 28 at 9 PM ET/PT
Enter the minds of four individuals afflicted with strange and debilitating phobias. From a Pilates instructor afraid of her own tattoo to an ex-wall street worker who is scared of accidentally setting fires, they seek treatment to overcome their fears.
My Strange Addiction: Still Addicted? - Tuesday, May 28 at 10 PM ET/PT
In this one-hour special, we revisit six of our addicts whose stories shocked the world. We'll answer the questions everyone is asking -- is Kesha still eating toilet paper? Has Davecat found love with a real woman instead of a silicone doll? Is Lori still addicted to sleeping with her blow dryer? Some have transformed their lives, while others have hit rock bottom, becoming more compulsive than ever.
I'm Pregnant And...(Have OCD) - Wednesday, May 29 at 8 PM ET/PT
Jenna's life is dominated by fear of contamination or OCD, also known as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. With a second child on the way, she struggles with a condition that worsens with pregnancy and dictates both her marriage and young son's life.
I'mPregnant And... (Bipolar) - Wednesday, May 29 at 8:30 PM ET/PT
Joleneand her boyfriend Correy are expecting a baby girl. But being pregnant has meant that Jolene had to choose between taking the psychiatric drugs that control her bipolar disorder, and safeguarding the health of her unborn child.
The Woman with 15 Personalities - Wednesday, May 29 at 9 PM ET/PT
This one-hour presents a unique look at a person living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, a condition in which a person displays several distinct identities, each with its own perception of the environment.
The Town That Caught Tourette's - Wednesday, May 29 at 10pm ET/PT
In October 2011 in the tiny town of Le Roy, New York, a handful of teenage girls from the same high school suddenly developed symptoms that looked like Tourette syndrome: facial twitching, violent limb gestures and uncontrollable verbaloutbursts. This remarkable documentary meets the people at the heart of this outbreak, including the girls who have recovered, as well as those who are still suffering.
Broken Minds: A Forgotten Life - Friday, May 31 at 8 PM ET/PT
A man's nightmares begin intruding into his waking life; a woman loses 23 years of her life over the course of a nap; a man with a compulsion to control everything around him loses control over his own hand.
Monsters in My Head: Monsters of the Night - Friday, May 31 at 9 PM ET/PT
All over America people are tormented by terrifying animals and monsters that attack at night in the sanctity of our homes. The effects of these attacks are devastating. The victim is never sure if these terrifying experiences are real or if there are monsters in their heads.
Sleep Sex - Friday May 31 at 10 PM ET/PT
This film follows four different people's lives touched by the condition sexsomnia, a sleeping disorder over which they have no control.
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