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My Mania and Me

My Mania and Me


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The search to cure manic obsessions

Kim can't stop stealing. Crystal has to have sex every day. Hayley is gambling away her family's fortune. Kezia spends thousands on clothes. Can doctors cure their Impulse Control Disorder? 

Impulse Control Disorder is a 21st century mania that ruins lives. But could there be a cure? A look at four women with ICD and the new science around the condition.

This film meets ordinary people seized with overwhelming, totally intoxicating manias such as sex, shopping, stealing and surgery. Through real life stories, it discovers the boundary between normal life and complete compulsion, which takes over mind and body, leaving only dark desire and euphoria, followed by crushing guilt as they are left to pick up the pieces. Responding to a biological urge that can destroy their lives, these are the Maniacs. It is an ancient condition - a label born in classical Greece, a condition classified in Napoleonic France - but more alive today than ever before. Now new technology is unlocking its secrets. Neuroimaging allows us to see it in the brain for the first time, opening a unique window into the biology behind manic obsessions. As the medical community finally sits up and takes notice can these individuals conquer the inner mania and find a cure?


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