Tuesday, 4 August 2015

R. D. Laing 'Asylum' mental health documentary on DVD for the first time 10 August 2015

Hello Folks,
Now,Have you ever hear of R.D Laing? Well I had many year ago when reading books and watching various documentaries about old style Asylums but he had slipped my mind until I saw that this was being released. Basically what you see and read is beyond shocking and up to very recent times how so called "Mentally ill" people were treated, Electric shock therapy, Isolation 24/7 and even the tried and tested 100% failure that was the good old labatomy. But R.D. Laing tried to change that,Now it has to be said that those huge asylums were making an incredible amount of cash off the families that didn't know where to turn or who to turn to that had a family member with the likes of depression but  R.D Laing pioneered treatment and is himself in my eyes a pioneer. I personally can't wait to see this and the Bio-pic of an unforgotten Scottish Legend. Review coming very soon,
Jonny T.


Trailblazing psychiatrist R.D. Laing changed the way mental illness was treated with his unique approach to therapy and in the early 1970s he allowed a film crew access to a group of his patients in one of the most incredible fly-on-the-wall documentaries ever made, Asylum. Now this fascinating film makes its UK DVD d├ębut courtesy of OEG Classic Movies. With David Tennant on board to play the renowned Glasgow-born analyst Ronald David Laing in a major new biopic, this timely release gives an insight into mental illness as film-maker Peter Robinson and his crew enter the world of the schizophrenic residents of a hospital in Archway, London. Filmed over a seven-week period the film takes us behind the doors and into the lives of mentally ill patients and Laing's controversial approach to healing them through compassion and freedom. Originally released in 1972 this groundbreaking film comes to UK DVD for the first time on 10 August 2015 complete with a slew of fascinating special features.

"Ronald David Laing (7 October 1927 – 23 August 1989), usually cited as R. D. Laing, was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness – in particular, the experience of psychosis. Laing's views on the causes and treatment of serious mental dysfunction, greatly influenced by existential philosophy, ran counter to the psychiatric orthodoxy of the day by taking the expressed feelings of the individual patient or client as valid descriptions of lived experience rather than simply as symptoms of some separate or underlying disorder. Laing was associated with the anti-psychiatry movement, although he rejected the label.Politically, he was regarded as a thinker of the New Left"

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