Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity

Dec 9, 2023 | Social, Videos

Louis Theroux’s latest documentary, ‘Secrets of the State Psychiatric Hospitals’, is a two-part exploration into the world of mental health. In this gripping series, he travels to maximum security state psychiatric hospitals in Ohio and meets with individuals facing criminal charges for various horrific crimes including murder.

The first episode introduces us to Jonatan, a man who speaks openly and candidly about his own crime – the killing of his father by cutting his throat. What follows is an immersive journey as Louis interviews those considered clinically insane. His ability to break down barriers and empathize with his subjects shines throughout the show.

Part two focuses on Dean, a 25 year old affected by bipolar disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, as well as childhood disorders such as attention deficit and oppositional defiance disorder. This particular episode takes viewers through Dean’s personal struggles and provides insight into the complex nature of mental illness as seen through this young man’s eyes.

This documentary is one of Louis’ finest works yet, and it paints an intricate picture of life inside the state psychiatric hospitals in Ohio. It offers a unique perspective on how mental illness can lead people down dangerous paths and challenges viewers to find common ground between these people and themselves. It is certainly worth watching if you are looking for an eye-opening exploration of mental health from all angles – both from those living within its clutches as well as those trying to help them.

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