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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Secret Life of the Manic-Depressive

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS.

THE BRITISH actor Stephen Fry, himself a sufferer, made this groundbreaking 2-part documentary on bipolar disorder in 2006.

 It features two other bipolar celebrities, Carrie Fisher author of Postcards from the Edge and more famously Princess Leia in Starwars and Andy Behrman author of the bipolar memoir Electroboy.

Carrie Fisher really reminds me of my dead friend Lucky.

Part One



Part Two



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5 comments:

Bev said...

I am coming back to view this later.Im walking to the store before it rains.Really cold here but I like it.
XoxO to you

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Tam of Two said...

I've seen this documentary, its fantastic! You've inspired me to watch it again :)

Gledwood said...

It's really good. Just about the ONLY tellyprog about bipolar disorder I have ever seen. Apart from one about psychosurgery, where 2 people in bipolar depression and a 3rd with severe OCD were given brain surgery after their conditions persisted unrelentingly for over 10 years (just depression). The 2 depressives looked more like Alzheimer's than depression they were that down...

I relate far more to the psychtic stories than the ones about people doing things. My mania has always been too mild or too severe to do many stupid things. I seriously doubt I would have been able to take a cross-channel ferry, or any international flight the state I was in I would have been too ill ever to make it to the airport, let alone stand still for ages in queues waiting for security, check-in etc...

Gledwood said...

TAM OF 2

this is the comment i TRIED to leave at yours but yet again my browser won't let me comment. I will have to log back in via firefox later but am in too much of a rush to do it now have to be down the drs surgery in 10 mins

Waking up at ridiculously early times... I can relate to that.

One question, in depression, do you tend to sleep too long, too short, or both at different times and if so how/when?

Usually I know when depression is coming because I start sleeping 12 hours at a stretch. Gradually it gets longer and longer until it's 17 hours or so, usually in 2 shifts. I can try keeping myself awake but it never works, I just catch up and end up paying the Bank Of Sleep back and with interest...

Hypo/mania nearly always makes me sleep less. Though I do remember being medicated at the tail end of the big manic episode I had last year, sleeping a good 10 hours a night and STILL being noticably hypomanic all day and as far as I remember that pattern went on for a few weeks. I have learned there are NO generalizations because every rule I think the condition has gets broken at some point.

The famous book by Emil Kraepelin, Manic Depressive Insanity and Paranoia, to which there's a link on my sidebar, points out that symptoms cycle separately from one another, which explains mixed states and all...

Hope you're feeling OK today, take care :-)