The Bonnie Tapes Three Part Series
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The highly acclaimed Bonnie Tapes presents an articulate young woman with schizophrenia – in discussions with her family and with mental health professionals. Bonnie had her first psychotic break when she was 16. Now 27, she and her family talk together about the illness as it hit them then, and about living with it since.
The three part series examines some important questions such as:
In this video Bonnie and members of her family talk about her illness and its impact on all of them. They recall their helplessness and confusion when she became ill, and their emotions and reactions in the years that followed. (26 minutes)
Part 2: Recovery from Mental Illness
This video deals with the question about what does it feel like to have schizophrenia? Bonnie talks about learning to cope with her illness, and she and her family discuss her progress with Andrea Blodgett, M.S.W., of McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass. (27 minutes)
Part 3: My Sister is Mentality Ill
In this video Bonnie's sister talks candidly about her emotions and the problems she has faced having a sister with schizophrenia. A unique film on sibling issues that will interest other family members as well as professionals. (22 minutes)
"The Bonnie Tapes deserve a niche on the shelf of every family support group, every psychosocial club, and every professional who works with individuals with serious mental illness. They have something to teach each of us."
Kayla F. Bernheim, Ph.D.
Psychologist and Author