In this groundbreaking series each episode sees Christopher Armitage working with his primary patient from preliminary diagnosis to discharge. Most times he gets it right. Sometimes his strategy is a little weird but it’s his rep at stake – never his patients’ health.
On a pressure cooker acute unit in a public hospital he sees patients with a multitude of mental illnesses: Schizophrenia, Bi-polar disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and PD’s – people with Personality Disorders – Borderline, Anti-Social, Narcissistic – and, er, Dementia.
At 44, he’s prioritised his highly successful career over his family, and his own mental health. Working in a health service that suffers constant lack of funds and staff, and gross failure of government to address teetering services in critical need, drives Christopher to be a relentless agitator for change. And while he’ll prescribe Valium, Prozac and the anti- psychotic meds, he’s convinced that alternatives like counselling, group therapy, psychodrama, yoga and art therapy are more efficacious pathways to recovery.
Not a popular approach among some of his staff – especially when they have cosy relationships with Big Pharma’s drug reps.