Frames of Mind Web Junkie Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 7:30pm
The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department of Psychiatry and Pacific Cinémathèque present:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 7:30pm
Israel/USA 2013. Dirs: Hilla Medalia, Shosh Shlam. 74 min. Blu-ray DiscIn 2008, China became the first county in the world to declare “internet addiction” a formal clinical disorder — one it now considers the greatest threat to the health of its young people. The Daxing boot camp in suburban Beijing is one of more than 400 rehabilitation centres in that country designed to treat the disorder. It admits children aged 13 to 18, usually boys; sometimes kids arrive in the middle of the night after being drugged by their desperate parents. The film follows three teenagers confined to Daxing, documenting the harsh military-inspired physical training, monitored sleep, food, medication regimens, and group-therapy sessions experienced by the boys, who still speak boastfully of 24-hour marathon World of Warcraft sessions when the adults aren’t around.
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Post-screening discussion with Dr. Susan Baer, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic of B.C. Children’s Hospital, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include video-gaming and internet use in children and youth with mental health disorders.
Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
Frames of Mind is a monthly film event utilizing film and video to promote professional and community education on issues pertaining to mental health and illness.All screenings are at Pacific Cinematheque Theatre 1131 Howe St, Vancouver, BC and are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Each evening event is eligible for 1.0 hour Section 1 of the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification Program.