Film Review: Resilience
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Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope is brilliant piece of film that delves into the rarely spoken about darkness that can affect those in the hardest of situations. The focus of the film is this issue of toxic stress – the kind of stress that’s constant, that’s without relief and can affect a person physically as well as mentally. Specifically, there is a focus on the children that stress can affect and the stigma we as a society have about a child’s relationship with mental health. The film blends interviews with professionals in the care sector with the human stories of those that they treat. It focusses on people such as clinic workers who come face to face with the grisly reality of stress every day, and psychologists who conduct research and take those first steps towards lifting the veil of ignorance. Resilience then takes a step further, exploring the families of the children who are affected, alongside the now-adults that suffered with this condition and grew up not knowing any better than the version of 'normal' they have always had. Some of those stories are heart breaking. One women professes her fear of her nine-year-old daughter, who was destructive and terrifying in her rage. Another speaks about being checked into hospital with heart problems, only to be told that it was anxiety related.
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