Discovery Life Channel readies “Psych Week” specials

The specials Kids on Speed? and Kids with Tourette's are among the programming featured in U.S. net Discovery Life Channel's forthcoming 'Psych Week.'
May 12, 2015

The specials Kids on Speed? and Kids with Tourette’s are among the programming featured in U.S. net Discovery Life Channel’s forthcoming ‘Psych Week.’

The event runs from May 25 to 29 on the net - which rebranded from Discovery Fit & Health in January – and profiles individuals living with such conditions as agoraphobia, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, Tourette’s syndrome and childhood attention deficit disorder, among others.

‘Psych Week’ kicks off on May 25 at 10 p.m. EST/PST with the one-hour special Kids with Tourette’s, which follows three young boys living with the condition over a six-month period, and details the realities of Tourette’s and the treatments available to maintain it.

Meanwhile, the two-hour special Kids on Speed?, which airs on May 29 at 8 and 9 p.m. EST/PST, looks at childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and follows a team of experts working to find treatments for families with children suspected of having ADHD.

Other programs featured during the week include Born SchizophrenicHoarding: Buried AliveAddictedDiagnosis Autism and I’m Pregnant and….

“The numbers are staggering, the concern is rising and it’s time to elevate the conversation,” said Jane Latman, GM for Discovery Life Channel, in a statement. “This year’s slate of ‘Psych Week’ programming offers incredibly unique access into the personal lives of people suffering from various kinds of mental health conditions. Hopefully this personal perspective will help shift the public’s perception on mental health issues.”

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