Boy Interrupted - documentary

Boy Interrupted
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Boy Interrupted is a 2009 documentary about Evan Perry, who in 2006 committed suicide at the age of just 15.

 

The title of the documentary lends itself to the best-selling 1993 book by Susanna Kaysen called "Girl, Interrupted", a book about mental illness in young girls. Boy Interrupted highlights that this terrible mental illness of depression affects young boys and men just as bad, if not worse than girls, despite this,  historically mental illness in young men is not given the time of day compared to girls.

 

Perry was born into a family with a long history mental illness; his uncle had committed suicide at age 21. At an early age, Evan was also diagnosed with depression and put on Prozac and lithium drugs to help calm his mind. Ultimately this did not work as he jumped out of family's apartment window to his death.

Presenter
Dana Heinz Perry
Year
2009
Watch time
01:32:19

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