Not getting proper health care: more dangerous than the illness?
In January 2004, Niels hijacked a train while police and a TV crew was on the spot. Though they quickly found out that this was not just a story about a hijacking. It was, instead, the story of a psychotic man not getting proper care and the ways that his madness had taken over.
Insanely Dangerous offers a unique opportunity to understand the mind of one such person. Niels, the hijacker, has made his own video diaries while seriously psychotic, and this material allows the audience into the very strange and scary universe of a disturbed mind. Niels describes himself as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: when medicated he is a sympathetic, bright and creative young man; when not, he becomes insanely dangerous.
The pattern you see in Niels (which becomes clearer in the second part) is very common in schizophrenic patients. They usually are not aware of their sickness or how sick they actually are (or they are aware, and hate the fact that the medication takes away their joy in life – the hallucinations/delusions). When they are released from the psychiatric hospital, they stop taking their medication. This, in turn, causes them to relapse and you’re back at the beginning. It’s a very rough cycle to go through, not only for the patient, but also for the patient’s family and friends.
However, I was surprised to see that in Denmark, mentally ill people cannot be committed to hospitals (forcibly), even if they pose a threat for their surroundings, and even when they have committed violent crimes over and over.