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A Depressed Comic Actor Learns How to Be Sad

Actor, writer, and Monthy Python member John Cleese suffered from depression and sought therapy from Robin Skynner. In 1983, the two released a co-written book called Families and How to Survive Them. They're collaborating on new book about mental health. Cleese also runs a video production company specializing in instructional films.

24:08

Novelist William Styron and His New "Memoir of Madness"

In 1985, novelist William Styron fell into a deep depression. He documented the years he was incapacitated by the illness, and how he coped, in his new book, Darkness Visible. Looking back at his early writing, Styron believes depression informed his novels, like The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie's Choice.

Interview
22:54

Martin Duberman on Growing Up Gay

Duberman has written a memoir about being gay in the 1950s -- before the gay liberation movement, and at a time when homosexuality was considered deviant behavior by the psychiatrists. It's called "Cures: A Gay Man's Odyssey.

Interview
13:17

A Depressed Comic Actor Learns How to Be Sad

Actor, writer, and Monthy Python member John Cleese suffered from depression and sought therapy from Robin Skynner. In 1983, the two released a co-written book called Families and How to Survive Them. They're collaborating on new book about mental health. Cleese also runs a video production company specializing in instructional films.

23:01

One Psychologist's Skepticism of the Incest Survivor Narrative

Psychologist and writer Carol Tavris. Her latest book, "The Mismeasure of Woman," looks at the widespread but unacknowledged custom of defining norms according to men's bodies and behavior. Tavris shows that the real differences in gender are in power, resources, and life experiences. She also wrote a review of two books dealing with incest, called "Beware the Incest-Survivor Machine," for The New York Times Book Review. In it, she calls for a more reasoned, cautious approach to a very complicated issue. The review received a fire-storm of letters from readers.

Interview
20:50

Martin Duberman on Growing Up Gay

Duberman's memoir "Cures" is about growing up gay in the 1950s before the gay liberation movement and at a time when homosexuality was considered deviant behavior by the psychiatrists. Since our 1991 interview with him, he's authored a number of books, including "Stonewall" and "Midlife Queer." After ten years, he has stepped down from the position of executive director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies.

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