Thursday, June 7, 2012

Stephen Fry Documentary

. . . I went into my garage, sealed the door with a duvet
. . . I sat there for at least, I think, two hours in the car,
my hands on the ignition key. . . It was . . . not a cry for help.
~ Stephen Fry, British Actor and Comedian

In 2006 the actor Stephen Fry partnered with British Broadcasting Corporation on a documentary about Fry's diagnosis as a manic depressive. The compelling Emmy Award-winning film, offered in two parts below, aims to uncover myths, promote knowledge and understanding of, and reveal something of the struggles of those with bipolar disorder (the term is used interchangeably with manic depression). You'll find below the videos several related resources.

(My thanks to Open Culture, where I first watched the documentary.)

BBC, "The Secret Life of Manic Depession: Everything You Need to Know About Bipolar Disorder" (This booklet was issued with the documentary and includes a preface by Fry.)

Internet Mental Health, Synoposis

National Institute of Mental Health, "Bipolar Disorder", NIH Publication 08-3679, Rev. 2008 (This book explains in detail symptoms, causes, and treatments and includes resources. The NIMH has published a separate pamphlet, "Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens: A Parent's Guide".)


S. Etole said...

I'll return to watch the videos later. That is quite a quote.

Louise Gallagher said...

I watched the first video -- wow.

I'll definitely be back to watch the second.