The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive: Ten Years On

  • Published on Nov 8, 2017
  • This is a documentary on Bipolar Bipolar Disorder also known as Manic Depression and features Stephen Fry.. This documentary went to air on the 10th of October 2017 ABC TV.If you need to talk to someone you can call lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyond blue on 1300 22 46 36 also SANE on 1800 1872 63

Comments • 301

  • ray gorman
    ray gorman 2 days ago

    Great follow up documentary, just to be able to put a spotlight on the stigma around mental health is really good for not only the person with the illness but family and friends affected by it. Such a hard thing for people to understand who think they have had no exposure to it. It’s so easy to dismiss people’s suffering by labeling them with the horrible word that is “crazy”. All you can really do is imagine yourself in their shoes. As with Stephen Fry it has helped with his career but at what cost, medication and healthy lifestyle can be the only real answer, however we all have our bills to pay so finding a balance is a must. The pressures of life certainly don’t help but must be suffered sadly. There is always light at the end of the tunnel with good friends and family 😀

    TONGA9691 TONGA 6 days ago

    The original documentary made me cry ... and realise that I wasn't alone in my madness. Good on you Stephen, old bean.

  • G Power
    G Power 7 days ago

    I can't comprehend the stress that Cordellia deals with. The manic lows that she has had to battle through, only to get "rewarded" with breast and lung cancer? I am so gratefull for these wonderfully honest documentaries that Mr.Fry has presented to us. I have great respect for him, and am thankful for the years of entertainment he has also given to us. I hope he, (and all), find peace, and a patherr to share the good and bad that life throws at us. I have such a great fondness for him. Thank you - sending you peace from L.A.. , GJP.

  • C0untZ3Ro
    C0untZ3Ro 8 days ago

    I don't have Bi Polar, I have sometimes crippling depression brought on by PSTD. I'm lucky I have my three cats (Yes I'm a crazy cat person). If I didn't have them I wouldn't be alive today. My therapist didn't recommend drugs as she doesn't believe it requires them. But I sometimes think if I should go on them...

  • Angel Heart
    Angel Heart 12 days ago

    it's quite mean that someone uploaded that video of that lad people have no respect it should be illegal to share other people I swear

  • Eric Ward
    Eric Ward 15 days ago

    "...a submerged minority." Well said Stephen 👌🏻

  • Kenny Harris
    Kenny Harris 16 days ago

    Manic depression is brain damage I know it has symptoms ie migraine stomach problems epilepsy and out of the body experiences.

  • Kris Sumerfelt
    Kris Sumerfelt 18 days ago

    I've been anti medication for the sole reason of laws changing and it being suddenly taken way. coming off some of those will make you sick for a month!

  • Busy Bee x
    Busy Bee x 26 days ago

    Stephen has gone from cyclothymia to bipolar 1?... How? When he burns out he sleeps 8 hours and his mania of 'Joan of Arc' was only seen by a relative. Ok I believe you....

  • Dick Pooler
    Dick Pooler 28 days ago

    all ma love Stephen.

  • Luke Schwartz
    Luke Schwartz 29 days ago

    17:24 sick Smiths reference

  • Nicola Frost
    Nicola Frost Month ago

    Proof that genius can really,really stupid. Ten years on and Stephen still hasn't worked out rule one of living with bi-polar-regular sleep pattern. He pulls off that ridiculous stunt, flying all over the place, and wonders why he gets ill. A bit like jumping out of a window and wondering if it has anything to do with your broken leg. Booze is just out of the question too, that's rule number two. I've been living with bi-polar disorder for nearly 50 years and am convinced bi-polar is a sensitive persons reaction to an abnormal world. Being made to live by a clock, instead of by the seasons and your environment, for instance. I believe the cure lays in being in touch with one's body and the Earth, and you have to take that giant step of making healing your priority.

  • afringedweller
    afringedweller Month ago

    Good program. Helpful to me: a keto diet, (cutting out carbs, sugar in any form, alcohol too, of course) mild exercise not necessarily going to a gym, but moving throughout the day as opposed to sitting at a desk all day, and vitamin & mineral supplements D3, B complex calcium magnesium, potassium. I originally started on this program to help with diabetes, and discovered a great, evening out of moods. Though I'm not diagnosed bi-polar and am not saying anybody should quit their meds, I feel certain it couldn't hurt to try these things. Good luck all!

  • Kathleen Fraser
    Kathleen Fraser Month ago

    introvert - not a disability

  • glorianne papolis
    glorianne papolis Month ago

    it doesn't just happen, load of crap, it is due to trauma which causes a re wiring of the brain,

  • glorianne papolis
    glorianne papolis Month ago +1

    no one talks about the trauma behind these disorders, if the trauma is not addressed it will never be controlled, mental illness is ridiculous diagnosis, it is a coping mechanism and it needs to be addressed in order to progress, cope and eventually conquer, you need to live through' it in order to go beyond it' , please watch Dr. Gabor Mate,

  • Vicki Lynn
    Vicki Lynn Month ago +1

    Is it possible that when he is "manic" he is actually having a spiritual experience that doesn't require medication? Psychiatrists have a very narrow minded view of psychology and want to medicate otherwise normal experiences

  • Adam Winstanley
    Adam Winstanley Month ago

    its shocking what the internet can do

  • rhiannon rozier
    rhiannon rozier Month ago

    I saw my first psychiatrist aged 8 and my first suicide attempt at 14 saved by the school nurse, I have found a balance now and dont mind my highs or lows from that comes my creativity. I cannot work full time and was diagnosed with BP which runs in my family. My shame and sadness is it seems both my sons have it and I feel that though I love them intensely I should not have had children and passed this to them to deal with, though I do understand them more than they do themselves. I wish everyone would be tolerant of others as we all have a path to walk and some walk a more wriggly path than others with lots of pot holes and mountains in, each individual is amazing and unique and different. its just some of us are more different than others and we are amazing in our difference

  • Jess B
    Jess B Month ago

    I am bipolar. I've noticed that if I consistently don't take the full dose of my medication for a period of time, then I will feel a depression that is worse than those I ever experienced before taking the medication

  • Mary Casper
    Mary Casper Month ago

    Alot of this is about looking for attention, not repenting, and not trusting almighty God. Don:t trust doctors; God gives you the strength to overcome!

  • Lara Pulaski
    Lara Pulaski 2 months ago

    This stops negative thoughts

  • Darío Saquetti
    Darío Saquetti 2 months ago

    I believe depression it's a soul illness. Maybe you are not doing what are you suppose to do or live a life that you're not supposed to live, i.e You are an accountant but you really wanted to be a painter. Or you had a childhood where you've been given everything and you don't have the motivation to pursue goals... My remedies to cope with my depression are exercise, running specifically and have goals to pursue. I know though that each case is different. But it is tough. To me the worse part is being considered abnormals or crazy. Being judged by my mood swings.

  • Rose Blue
    Rose Blue 2 months ago

    Thank All who shared their stories. I have Suffered All of my life and was only diagnosed proper in the last few years. It's a wonder I am still here. Thanks be to God that I believed in him and loved my mom and dad no matter. Since I have children and do believe in a higher power I have been able to hang on. I live daily appreciating the disappointment and short comings of man kind but in my soul I know that there is a God and He does love me and mine and so I go on. I get by with prayer ,positive thinking, much as I can and appreciating that I am so loved though I am messed up. Med's suck I know but it's time a wing and a prayer to get them hopefully right. Please hang in and hang on loved one's. Again Thank You All for sharing. For a change I don't feel so alone and misunderstood.

  • not sure
    not sure 2 months ago

    i think people thought Alecka the man on the train, was just being an exhibitionist, they did not think he was having a manic episode, anyway he,s got a good voice, and should n,t be embarrassed,and he certainly shouldn't listen to people making rediculously cruel remarks, which were juevenile and frankly brainless.

  • Jen Werner
    Jen Werner 2 months ago +1

    Lithium we dont know how it works but we're going to give it to you anyway! Classic statement - good for BigParma & the Junk Science industry!

  • Mr Watto
    Mr Watto 2 months ago

    I do like Stephen Fry, he's a good comedian, actor & all round good chap.

  • acajudi100
    acajudi100 2 months ago

    Please care about others, and you will feel better. Go to a country where people are suffering, and help. All of you are just self centered users.
    Search Judi Grace StoryCorps now.

  • Tordy Clark
    Tordy Clark 2 months ago

    Saying to oneself "I"ll never do A, B or C because of this", is simply negative. It is not helpful. If you get overwhelmed, it doesn't help to do this. The is no cure for life. Cordelia just seems negative. Negative self talk is a really EASY thing to do, it almost makes you feel better because it's powerful. But it doesn't help in the moment. She seems depressed and hidden anorexic, obsessed with weight.
    I am not saying it's easy or simple to get out of a depressive mindset. But it's totally fine to acknowledge your markers and deal with them.
    Her mother also is not helpful wen she talked that her daughter has "ruined" her life.
    If that is her mother, and she lived with her mother.....I'm not surprised the daughter feels like this is has been nurtured into a worse position. That mother looks and sounds like a wet blanket.
    If you are majorly sensitive, it's awful to be stuck with a mother like that. They are co-dependant I feel.

    • Blair Venge
      Blair Venge Day ago

      "Cordelia just seems negative ". Shes literally dying! ??? Were you born with a brain?

  • M Munroe
    M Munroe 2 months ago +2

    43:53 I would suggest everyone watching this follow up with anything featuring Dr.Gabor Maté who is a compassionate, eloquent, and extraordinarily intelligent human being who gives real clues as to what is actually going on with us and the source of our dis-ease.

  • No one really matters
    No one really matters 2 months ago

    Everyone on this earth has mental health . We all hurt, cry, laugh, and then repeat.. anyone who judges me for me emotions, can rot in hell

    • Mary Casper
      Mary Casper Month ago

      Great comment! No one really matters made me laugh! They always say "they say" Well I don"t care what They Say I believe in truth and love I don"t care what they do to the tune of push and shove they can laugh like a loon and the earth will break in two. They can travel the moon and the chosen will be few.God looks only on the heart and there"s heaven for a start. They can murder, rape, and mock, and there"s HELL eternal shock! Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me".

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer 2 months ago +2

    This is not a good example to show -given that she has cancer also, Of course that is going to make things more complicated.

  • al bundy
    al bundy 2 months ago

    Is this a first world problem? what would happen to someone in a tribe in the Amazon jungle, would it even happen?

    • Agnes M
      Agnes M Month ago

      Our modern society is sick. Theirs aren't. Even though noe you see native people from latin America begging on the streets since they were stripped out of their natural envirnment thus becoming increasely sick themselves. The sense of community, the sacred plants, their rituals...that is what makes natives sane..and when someone is not sane, there is no stigma surrounding it.

    • IlovemyCountry
      IlovemyCountry 2 months ago

      al bundy less chance as its genetic and the population is smaller. People in isolated primitive tribes get less problems as those genetically affected or weak or disabled tend to die out and dont reproduce.

  • Chuck Starry
    Chuck Starry 2 months ago +29

    It may not happen in my lifetime, but I would like to see people move away from using the term "mentally ill" or "mental illness". Conditions such as bi-polar, panic disorder, etc., are all physical illnesses that simply demonstrate symptoms from our most complex organ, the brain. Would you say that an individual that had a stroke and is paralyzed on one side of their body is mentally ill? Of course not, yet that person has damage to their brain, just like an individual with bi-polar has a physical, chemical imbalance. Parkinsonism is a fairly common disease of the brain, yet here again I have never heard a health care professional refer to a Parkinson patient as mentally ill. We have moved away from the term "mentally retarded" to describe a child with Down's Syndrome. Isn't it about time that we gave "mental illness" the boot as well? I think so...

    • Suzanne Unger
      Suzanne Unger 17 days ago

      It was cheering to see bipolar people loved and accepted and understood by their families, friends and employers. For 10 years I have taken the medications and spoken with a counselor twice a week. But I must stay quiet with friends, family, and especially on my job if I am to get along. I hope someday I can be less isolated

    • Dunk N Dognuts
      Dunk N Dognuts Month ago +1

      I agree, and I think it only enhances the stigma to think like that. Many people won't seek help because it involves admitting to being sick and broken, which is tantamount to admitting defeat and to being powerless. Yes, these conditions can be debilitating, but I don't think people already suffering from them should be made to feel powerless or sick, different perhaps, but not weak or broken. Personally, thinking about being ill only deepens certain negative feelings I have, and anxiety worsens, so I've given up on the idea and it's helped me to cope at least a little better.

    • Charles Chuck
      Charles Chuck Month ago

      +Sophie Brown I hope you feel better soon, Sophie.

    • Vicki Lynn
      Vicki Lynn Month ago

      Agree. Labelling something a mental illness creates stigma

    • Sophie Brown
      Sophie Brown 2 months ago +5

      I don't really care. I just want to feel better, and the semantics mean nothing to me.

  • Carole Williams
    Carole Williams 2 months ago

    I always understood manic depression to be borderline personality disorder not bipolar.

  • Farahnaz X
    Farahnaz X 3 months ago +1

    After her I realized 75 percent of the women I started dating were bipolar untreated. Love and understanding won't fix it. You have to have endless patience or it'll drain you if you're in a relationship with someone with bipolar disorder.

  • Farahnaz X
    Farahnaz X 3 months ago +7

    I had a girlfriend with bipolar I thought it was just mood swings so I didn't think much about and I didn't understand her until after we broke up. Now we are good friends and I educated myself about her condition. I know having patience and staying positive towards her helps a lot. I absolutely never do or say negative things to her no matter what she do. I know I can't fix her but my positive energy soothes her when she's not being rational or logical. I somewhat became her personal friend therapist whenever she feels the world becomes too much for her.

    • Brian Griffin
      Brian Griffin Month ago +1

      She is lucky to have someone like you in her life. I admire you for that.


    lot of sht you need PHARMA TOXIC DRUGS. High dose NIACIN works amazing its all natural and worked for worst depression. Check out Andrew Saul vit guy, i can see that family are eating an unhealthy diet going by their wait get off the toxic foods start juicing organic veg and apples. stop eting toxic frozen muck, no canned toxic, no processed foods all naturally cooked diet is everything with depression too.


    Gerson therapy girl you can self taught with books. you cant heal it mainstream your immune system is broken your body was made to heal you got to self heal your body naturally to survive it you can i did it.
    you manifested tht cancer you keep teling your body you want to die it will manifest that because of your thoughts. greg braden, bruce lipton, dr emoto, dr wayne dyer.

  • Ketogenic Christian
    Ketogenic Christian 3 months ago +3

    They describe me perfectly. Its a living hell really.

  • Denise Kulawik
    Denise Kulawik 3 months ago +1

    If it's metastisized to skin and lung, it'll be very hard to keep her alive for long, though it's amazing what they can do now. My sister lived 5 years after having been diagnosed with stage 4 BC.

  • E Watts
    E Watts 3 months ago +4

    I'm sorry but him being bipolar has been obvious since the first series he made. I always thought the cyclothymic diagnosis was a cop out. It was obvious he had stronger symptoms than that.

  • Jacqueline Nack
    Jacqueline Nack 3 months ago +1

    I've never felt normalized, LOL,WTF,IS THAT😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂LIKE I can't just let go and have fun, or when I have fun I don't want to stop, I do go very low,and terrible ANXIETY, so much fun 🙄

  • Frank Wright
    Frank Wright 3 months ago +1

    who the hell would actually listen to "dr jha"? what a joke...

  • Pretty Mommy
    Pretty Mommy 3 months ago +3

    There is no shame in having bi polar. The shameful part is refusing help. My ex refused help, we tried everything. Untreated bi polar ( especially the mania) is the worst thing my kids and I have ever been through. Please, please get treated...or you will literally lose everything

    • sbarnett37tiger Barnes
      sbarnett37tiger Barnes 3 months ago

      That's good advice. I've only recently begun to suspect that I might have the disorder after having already lost pretty much everything. I always thought I was just a bit of an erratic person and that it was just my flawed personality that kept ruining everything but I have so many symptoms of mental disorder it's becoming undeniable and reflecting on my cycles of past behaviour is very revealing.

  • Tala Che'daka
    Tala Che'daka 3 months ago

    I hate being British. If the guy singing on the train was in America, everyone would probably join n. Shitty England. I'm embarrassed to be English. WTF does it matter that someone was singing? Why was it such a big deal? The person who recorded it obviously felt they had something to prove. What a dick!

  • Zoe Frances C
    Zoe Frances C 3 months ago +7

    When he talks about feeling like Joan of Arc..I understand him..Sometimes I go a month feeling like I'm magick or like I have some higher purpose - it drives me to weird behaviour like spending hours in my garden barefoot, trying to listen to every little sound and shift. I genuinely feel the special purposefullness he talks about, until I get a week of the complete opposite..I haven't spoke about it because it just feels normal to me. It's only in my low periods that I think about getting help

    • Brian Griffin
      Brian Griffin Month ago +1

      You should consider getting help. I wasted many years of my life by not getting treatment. For me, it has left me with tremendous regret.If you can spare yourself, it is worth it.

  • Upenda Sana
    Upenda Sana 3 months ago +1

    ...and yes what a great boss that chef guy had,if only there where more like that.

  • Upenda Sana
    Upenda Sana 3 months ago +6

    Well done Alika for speaking out,although I found it quite depressing what some of the children had to say when they did not realise that their words hurt.It really seems that empathy has to be taught and that it is cool to be mean,sad world we live in when this is kind of the norm and being kind and empathic is almost the exception rather than the rule.We have to ask who really has the "mental illness"sometimes when singing on a train causes such a reaction.

  • 08CARIB
    08CARIB 3 months ago +7

    My reoccurring thought throughout this is the role of the caregivers for people living with mental illness. It is a tremendous burden to not only those with the condition but also everyone close to them. For instance the wife discussing her husband, she is basically a single mother working full time and simultaneously dealing with the day to day pressures of family life while her spouse cant/wont. That pressure and strain produces it's own illnesses (ex. hypertension, anxiety, high cortisol levels which lead to obesity, etc.). All the best to everyone featured in the documentary.

  • Louise Cameron
    Louise Cameron 4 months ago +1

    With getting cancer you wud think shed start appreciating life typical mummys girl pathetic and before people cum at me im actually bipolar to

    • IlovemyCountry
      IlovemyCountry 2 months ago +2

      I doubt you are bi polar you are just a massive bitch!

    • sbarnett37tiger Barnes
      sbarnett37tiger Barnes 3 months ago +7

      Umm, little bit harsh here I think. Being faced with your own mortality and perhaps being stricken with fear of possible imminent death, which obviously would be an awful horrendous experience, this is supposed to make someone feel great and appreciate life!!? And if they don't suddenly love life they're pathetic? I have to disagree. The only people I know who love life have had the most easiest, comfortable life imaginable. No stress at all, still living at home with mum and dad, cruisy jobs making tonnes of money which all goes straight into their bank account, spend their money only on the wonderful things like overseas travel and nice cars, no health problems, naturally comfortable around people with great relationships etc etc. These are the people who love life and appreciate life to the full. I don't know of a single exception. So, bipolar or not, don't be such a hard-arse!

  • david jones
    david jones 4 months ago +1

    I have started smocking weed to help me sleep. this is through desperation because they will not precribe sleeping tablets

    • david jones
      david jones 3 months ago

      I hope you are having good day. I am very careful with weed because I know what can happen. It is central government which have instructed G P not to precribe sleeping meds but it has gone to far. Bi polar people would benefit when they can not sleep for sometimes weeks.b+sbarnett37tiger Barnes

    • sbarnett37tiger Barnes
      sbarnett37tiger Barnes 3 months ago

      Yeah doctors these days are more worried about their reputation and career than the patient's well being and comfort. If someone O.D.s on pills prescribed by a particular doctor, they could be in the shit.

  • Ryan Sizemore
    Ryan Sizemore 4 months ago +2

    Touches of OCD are starting to show up in my bipolar as well. I still don't think medication is for the patient's benefit but the doctors'. Mania is a drug. If you expect the side effects, the will you possess can still maintain your psyche and actively fight the manifestation of your mind's psychosis. Keep working on it Stephen. Keep people who are emotionally stable in your life.

    • sbarnett37tiger Barnes
      sbarnett37tiger Barnes 3 months ago

      So you are able to keep your behaviour under control during manic episodes by simply maintaining awareness/mindfulness of the fact that you have the disorder? Do you ever find it hard to distinguish between 'normal' thoughts and behaviours and 'manic' thoughts/behaviours?

  • John Allen
    John Allen 4 months ago +4

    I've exhibited some of the symptoms of manic depression, especially when I was younger. A defiance deep down inside which said I am not going to let people push me around. Later, I found I was suffering depression and it took me about 10 years but I got off all the medication and I am fine now. I hope you can find a therapist that will change your meds to get you on the right one. And talk to people.

    • LeeWhy
      LeeWhy 3 months ago +1

      John Allen what makes me sad is some people can’t afford therapy, I’ve met a few and they sadly turn to cheap alcohol

  • David Heinzen
    David Heinzen 4 months ago +1


  • vinnie vector
    vinnie vector 4 months ago

    My wife was diagnosed with schizophrenia in March this year, and also displayed signs of bipolar . We are married for seven years and have two children together . When pregnant with our second child we found a malignant growth on her cervix after a check up after the birth she had a small op to remove and was given all clear , however she refuses to go for repeat check ups I have endured some tough times with my wife ranging from jealous mood swings to depression paranoia to more recently delusions . It’s being pretty tough for me and the kids. After we had the diagnosis I was so relieved , and now could react differently than before. As I thought she was being unreasonable for all those years. We are split at the moment because she risk to the children so is staying with friends but refuses treatment. I am British she Bulgarian we live in Germany this complicates things further.

  • arran kirkorian
    arran kirkorian 4 months ago +5

    I love this documentary and love everything steven fry does ,and prey to god that cordelia breast cancer will ok she has sufford enoegh with the bipolar illness god bless her and her mother

  • Andrew Grimes
    Andrew Grimes 4 months ago +3

    Yes Rachel, I think you are an inspiration to others. You are fine just as you are. Thank you for being so brave to tell your story to the world and in doing such good work. You are a living in a younger society which will find your journey resonates with them and will inspire them not to give in to despair and feelings of worthlessness. Just as you are is fine and you are very special in exposing and reducing the ignorance of the stigma about mental illness here on USclip too. Thank you again. Have a great day! (: (and if when you read this you are not having a great day consider buying a labrador! (: Warmest best wishes to you from Tokyo. Your story is reaching and teaching the world a new way to learn from good people like you who despite the bad times you are brave and strong to endure them and explain what that we are all more than our mental illnesses. We can overcome and go on and love life with a passion.

  • H!DDEN!NTHERA!N/雨の中に隠され

    shout out to the guy commenting human what a mass of parasites. hes right

  • gorilla twist
    gorilla twist 5 months ago +1

    MSM works for me. I am concerned that bi polar or autism people cannot be in relationships with Narcissists. Maybe the Narcissistic NEED MEDS.

  • Anthony Burke
    Anthony Burke 5 months ago +3

    Great documentary and a welcome addition to public discourse about BiPolar with which I live.

  • globalman
    globalman 5 months ago +23

    It is good to know there are others with mental illness and that this is coming out of the darkness more and more but some of us are at the margins slowly dying inside. Without fame, money and some power there is no help and I still feel condemned to the dark. Most people DON'T comprehend, especially if you look great outside despite suffering within. AND help is not available without the resources.

    • Thinking of A Name
      Thinking of A Name 23 days ago

      globalman why do u think I’m planning on taking people with me when I kill myself?

    • Mary Casper
      Mary Casper Month ago

      It"s all about money."

    • Lumpysmack Princess
      Lumpysmack Princess 3 months ago +2

      I 💯 agree with you. The lower you are on the ladder the harder it is to get help.

    • Share The Mystery 11:11
      Share The Mystery 11:11 3 months ago +1

      globalman . With you my Friend... hang in there!❤️

  • Bec White
    Bec White 5 months ago +1

    Great documentary

  • carlos jose fabregas
    carlos jose fabregas 5 months ago +4

    Cyclothymia seems to be a bit of an under-diagnosis here. Also, a duloxetine Rx...SMH

  • Ryan G Funk
    Ryan G Funk 5 months ago
    A little about my experience with bipolar.

  • delagrazia
    delagrazia 6 months ago

    so a medication you need to take your entire life is it considered "treatment" ??

    • Andreea Dobre
      Andreea Dobre Month ago

      I consider it the glasses that my brain needs to wear in order to see reality properly. Some things you don't treat, you just manage, and that's a million times better than nothing.

    • Agnes M
      Agnes M Month ago

      It is weird they never mention nutrition and exercise as part of the treatment.

    • Keywy
      Keywy 4 months ago +1

      What else are they meant to do, live with the horrible and dangerous symptoms of bipolar? I've been on antidepressants since I was 15, and probably will be for the rest of my life, and I'm damn grateful for them. I thoroughly enjoy being able to go out in public without having a panic attack.

  • delagrazia
    delagrazia 6 months ago +1

    the other day i saw a guy who was dancing waiting for the metro and then inside too He was dancing in a weird way like dancing psychedelic music so yeah at first i thought he was caried away but then i thought maybe he s on drugs But if someone was singing i wouldnt find it weird

  • zstalochify
    zstalochify 6 months ago +1

    Thank you for this. I’m broken and can’t take medication anymore. Good to feel not alone.
    All my love to anybody dealing with this. A manic human can be amazing..... why us?
    I’m a tough ass mother fucker and can’t stop crying watching this.

  • Wilke Contreras
    Wilke Contreras 7 months ago +3

    Thanks i had seen this doc ... Now i know i am not alone.. and now i know it is a life battle ... Inspiration...

  • fightinback2010
    fightinback2010 7 months ago +1

    LISTEN 2 The Young Girl at 25:35 really knows what she is talking about and what she states is so True. I am 63 yrs.old & I really truly have to hand it to the young people in this video. Everyone should listen to them, they really know what they are talking about. We can learn a lot from the younger generation , U JUST HAVE 2 LISTEN. By listening 2 them made me wiser & proud. She is 100% Right, Our Mines can get sick just like our bodies & it's NO ONE'S FAULT.

  • Jo Coldrick
    Jo Coldrick 8 months ago +9

    Alika you are an inspiration. I have bipolar and my family don't understand xx God bless you

  • Berkies Sepulveda
    Berkies Sepulveda 8 months ago +1

    I am bipolar since 1986. I have been on different medications. I always thought I would be medication free one day. I have been in the hospital for stopping my meds. I learned to accept my condition and learn more about it

  • Figaro Hey!
    Figaro Hey! 8 months ago +5

    He should sleep every day from the time it gets dark (or about an hour later at most) until normal wake-up, at least 8 hours, and make that an absolute rule with no exceptions (including changing time zones). And he should eat a whole-food, plant-based diet: only things you can find from plants in the garden, not anything refined or processed like flour or sugar. No meat; no dairy - they interfere with metabolizing important micronutrients. Sunshine every morning as soon as possible - 10-15 minute walk in the sunshine as soon after waking as you can. His circadian rhythms and microbiome are probably an absolute mess, which severely disrupts anyone's health, but certainly someone whose brain chemistry is messed up needs a very regular life and super-healthy eating.

    • sbarnett37tiger Barnes
      sbarnett37tiger Barnes 3 months ago +2

      lol "He should sleep at least 8 hours and make that an absolute rule". You clearly have never experienced mania. Not sleeping 8 hours each night is not a choice when you're mentally ill. Can you even imagine trying to sleep when your entire body and mind is bristling and bubbling with energy and excitement? Laying there with your legs so restless and twitching all over the place that they are virtually climbing out of the bed on their own?! I'm sorry but it is absolutely impossible to sleep 8 hours a night in such a condition and anyone who suggests to do so doesn't have a clue about mental illness. I agree with the healthy eating absolutely but please don't ever tell someone "you should get 8 hours sleep a night" as if it's a choice. Everybody knows such sleep is ideal however it is not possible for many and it's insulting to someone's intelligence to hint that maybe they've never thought of that.

  • Michael Steede
    Michael Steede 8 months ago +1

    I've struggled since the age of 11 with Bipolar 1. After moderate functioning and beginning a career I had a period of 'florid' delusions and a psychotic break at 32. I'm now 56 and 'relatively' stable, although my career is gone and my marriage fell apart. I'm on lamotrigine, clonazepam and Abilify (aripiprazole). It's been hell, and when psychotic I actually experience it.

  • Senorita Aurora
    Senorita Aurora 8 months ago +20

    It's almost as though a person with bipolar goes through emotional seasons. The highs are summers and the lows winters.

    • Princess Leia
      Princess Leia 20 days ago


    • Eric Wedin
      Eric Wedin Month ago

      Senorita Aurora I agree, with bipolar 2 skipping summer going straight from early spring directly to autumn

  • Billie Jean Gaddis
    Billie Jean Gaddis 8 months ago

    Wish we had more documentaries and people who care like all of the ones in this story how beautiful you are ❤️

  • Nkechi Osuamoh
    Nkechi Osuamoh 9 months ago +3

    When Rachel had her accident the first time and was taken to hospital, didn’t doctors put two and two together?! She left the hospital undiagnosed?! That to me sounds like negligence.

    • Ryan Sizemore
      Ryan Sizemore 4 months ago +1

      Imagine trying to understand being an astrophysicist with no knowledge of what space holds, or what might exist there. Doctors don't know because you can't know unless you are. The comment she made about being a doctor or lawyer saddens me because that is proof we need bipolar people in these fields.

  • LemonLadyRecords
    LemonLadyRecords 9 months ago +12

    In our 20s, I lost my best sister-friend in the whole world to BP illness. It was the 70s and there wasn't the knowledge or public awareness there is now. Mental illness was looked upon as a sort of a character defect and there was a lot more shame then. She was also pre diagnosis. Her family was embarrassed by her, so they added to the delay of a proper diagnosis. I tried to find help for her and got NO help from them, and of course I had no idea what I was doing. I started crying when the one girl showed the notebook with all the writing she had done during an episode. It reminded me of what my friend wrote all over some books of mine. She was so brilliant and creative (she was a fine poet), whether manic or not. Many of the things she wrote are still priceless and wonderful, but exacted the ultimate price from her. I will always miss you, Alix.

    • E Watts
      E Watts 3 months ago +1

      at least while she was around she had a great mate like you

    • Pamela Boswell
      Pamela Boswell 4 months ago +1

      I'm sorry. I wish there were better words for me to offer. People still look at it as a character flaw, a weakness. Sometimes I fall into that--why am I such a disaster? Maybe it's not the disease, it's me. I don't really know.

  • LemonLadyRecords
    LemonLadyRecords 9 months ago +3

    Why do so few people have empathy these days? And don't inherently know that there is someone on the other side of a computer? I am always amazed that even tech savvy kids don't seem to realize it. Adults have no excuse. When I see someone who is singing with abandon with headphones on in public, I think, "more power to 'em!". I am now far too self-conscious to ever let go and do it, but I have done it, just once, as I got humiliated at work. I have friends who do it. It is just being very in the music moment! I am stunned about the YT reaction to that guy. Esp racist. I hope all those trolls spaced out and did it the next time they rode the subway!

  • Sou amy
    Sou amy 9 months ago +43

    Scott's boss is the best...amazing human being supporting a mentally ill person and allowing him to keep his job is admirable...

    • Andreea Dobre
      Andreea Dobre Month ago

      Yesss she is. On a previous job I was very open about my past with mental illness. One day a girl came to an interview and later the boss told me she is depressive (but in treatment) and asked for my advice whether to hire her or not, if that would be a good idea and so on. I said, of course, hire her, she's doing something to fight her problems, she's looking for a job, support her, at least for a trial period to see what she's like! Eventually he didn't hire her and I was so sad 😢

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  • Lynda
    Lynda 9 months ago +1

    THANK YOU!!!

  • Paul Kell
    Paul Kell 9 months ago +1

    Wonderful chap.......his creative works will always be millions on us

  • Carsonia Whitmore
    Carsonia Whitmore 10 months ago +8

    I truly enjoy and learn alot from these Steven Fry. Programs. Thanks. All of them.

    • Mr Watto
      Mr Watto 2 months ago

      Carsonia Whitmore same, he's funny, serious & enjoy his different documentaries.

  • kahnadah
    kahnadah 10 months ago +6

    32:05 My ex said this. I didn't listen and now I've lost her. I hope I can use this to better myself, because if I lost her for nothing I couldn't live with it.

    • jonny jones
      jonny jones Month ago +2

      +John the despicable dutchman I agree with you 100%. I tried to stay with someone who's bipolar and was a real nightmare.

    • John the despicable dutchman
      John the despicable dutchman 10 months ago +1

      Stay single...Forever for what Bipolars do is destroy everything and everyone that they touch.

  • I love puppies
    I love puppies 11 months ago

    Thank you for sharing.

  • hot rod daddy
    hot rod daddy 11 months ago +1

    why does she have to get the bird out of the house?the bird was there along time before she moved into it's backyard.maybe he was trying to get her out of his house..30:19 the doctor refuses to say perscription meds because he's about to give him a perscription..these pseudo doctors have no cure and no idea why he has this problem,but they sure have a way to keep him a life long patient. give him drugs!! that nurse manipulated her into agreeing to being held against her will..quite ironic a brit talking about accepting others for what they are after 500 years of murdering poisoning,raping and kidnapping of others peoples families,cultures and homes because they were different

  • Lara O'neal
    Lara O'neal 11 months ago +8

    Big difference between bipolar 1 and bipolar 2 . Bipolar 2 is more high functioning and has short manic episodes that last a day or a few hours than have somewhat longer depressive episodes. Bipolar 2 is more depressive. Bipolar 1 is majorly manic longer lasting and they may not even sleep for days or weeks. Can also be violent . Lithium usually works well for bipolar 1. Neither one is a cake walk but bipolar 2 is more easily managed.

    • T W
      T W 15 days ago

      I'm not so sure that Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2 or even 3 can fit into neat little categories. I have suspected my son has some form of Manic Depressive Disorder for years (his mother had it). He exhibits Manic episodes for a short period or longer periods (incarceration, euphoria for periods, excessive self esteem, etc.), then crashes for short times or longer periods (4 attempts at suicide, etc.). The substance and alcohol abuse usually causes nan extreme outcome. He is now getting treatment after some really extreme situations. I truly hope all the people here and family members get the help needed to manage this Disorder. God bless all f you!

    • Jordin Poeschl
      Jordin Poeschl 6 months ago +1

      Jeanette Wyatt yeah that’s a pain in the butt. I think that’s also something to keep in mind when somebody who has bi-polar does something worrisome or dangerous, it’s not them technically, it’s the disorder.

    • Jeanette Wyatt
      Jeanette Wyatt 6 months ago +3

      i'm sorry you lost your cousin. i guess i am really tired of the people who make uneducated comments, like "you're bipolar?' aren't they the ones that kill people?" or jokes," oh you're just being bipolar, i know its your disease." first of all i'm NOT BIPOLAR> I HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER. if you get cancer or diabetes, do you say, " i'm cancer"??

    • Jordin Poeschl
      Jordin Poeschl 6 months ago +5

      Bipolar 2 isn't easy and can be just as dangerous as bipolar 1 but do agree bipolar 1 can be extremely hard to treat in comparison. My cousin had bipolar 1 and psychosis, and we sadly lost him to it and his grandparents. My bi-polar 2 has gotten worse but I always think back to the variety of medications we had to dump out after I lost my cousin and the sadness was overwhelming that he had finally found the right one but they had to take him off of it for a surgery and that's what led to his psychotic episode. Both are awful, I just wish it didn't exist.

    • Jeanette Wyatt
      Jeanette Wyatt 6 months ago +2

      a diagnosis of 1 or 2 whatever..don't try to make it fit in neat little lines of what you guess or decide from what? education, observation, personal experience? not MY experience...oh and you prescribe the proper drug, do you? please! quit acting like you know something. people like you do more damage than good with your stigmas.

  • Heidi Yeo
    Heidi Yeo 11 months ago

    Well done.

  • Lot Pilates
    Lot Pilates 11 months ago +5

    I was very much like Cordelia ten years ago, but instead of me getting sick, it was my mom. She died. Its not a good life to not have someone who loves you regardless of your moods and whether you are fat and sick from meds.

  • Louise Schilt
    Louise Schilt Year ago +17

    Love this and love this man he inspires me to fight my own mental illness of major depressive disorder. I'm on Prozac 60mg daily.

    • Lara Hilton
      Lara Hilton 10 months ago +2

      Louise Schilt He is inspirational. My god, the work he has done to move this issue forward is extraordinary. He’s probably saved many peoples lives.

    INDICELT Year ago +5

    Blessings XXXXX

  • Andrew Martin
    Andrew Martin Year ago +8

    I really don't think it's helpful to have Stephen Fry held up as some kind of figurehead for people with manic depression. He doesn't speak for me.

    • Pamela Boswell
      Pamela Boswell 4 months ago

      Nor for me.

    • Pamela Boswell
      Pamela Boswell 4 months ago

      LemonLadyRecords correct, it is a wide spectrum. There are people who have one manic episode in life, and they are technically bipolar. But then there is the other side of the spectrum.

    • Holly Cline
      Holly Cline 4 months ago

      +Pamela Boswell that's because when we see them functioning that means they are on the right meds and able to function.
      He is not always able to function, none of us are
      We all need to be more kind too one another, I too have non functional Major Depression
      Haven't been able to get out of bed for almost a year
      But With my psych I am starting to stabilize
      No mental illness is exactly identical
      Nor is any treatment linear.
      It's a journey of ups and downs

    • vee kay
      vee kay 6 months ago

      He's not being "held up" as anything except one example, one person who lives with the condition. He speaks of having periods of incapacitation. Did you miss that part?

    • Sophie Brown
      Sophie Brown 9 months ago +4

      I'm not sure that's really the point. There's nothing keeping you from expressing yourself in any way you might choose if you have something to contribute.

  • The spoof intellectual

    once I was outside a trickcyclists office, and their was a young man sitting their with two broken legs, and I said what happened there, he said he thought he was batman, and had jumped out of a 5th story window, I said batman cant fly, he uses ropes and stuff, and he said I realise that now...

  • momo oo
    momo oo Year ago +4

    Just another commercial film for the psychiatric mafia!

    • Malik Rahman
      Malik Rahman 10 months ago +7

      Amateur troll

    • Lara Hilton
      Lara Hilton 10 months ago +10

      If you have nothing positive to add find something else to watch. This programme is clearly making you agitated, judging by the number of posts. This issue is so important to many of us, and many of us are getting something from this. The more understanding the better😊. Try your best to be kind☺️. Take care.

    • Ms Perry Lame
      Ms Perry Lame Year ago +11

      momo oo are you a scientologist by any chance?

    • Borderline, Books and Bipolar
      Borderline, Books and Bipolar Year ago +8

      momo oo oh please...

  • momo oo
    momo oo Year ago

    That's what she got from being a hypochondriac and going to doctors and taking their poison!
    And still just thinking about her "disorder"!

    • momo oo
      momo oo Year ago +1

      Not meaning to be mean. Being concerned with what we consider a medical problem distracts us perfectly from emotional pain.

  • momo oo
    momo oo Year ago

    Maybe she should remove that mummy make-up. It would pull everybody down.

  • momo oo
    momo oo Year ago +1

    The society is scizophrenic. that's all.
    They know the cure for extreme mood swings but act absolutely ignorant.

    • momo oo
      momo oo Year ago

      It's just more fun to make a science out of discriminating have humanity.

  • not sure
    not sure Year ago +27

    i hope cordelia is ok , best wishs .

  • dee schwass
    dee schwass Year ago +5

    having a family and being 16,000 miles from home has assisted me resisting these symptoms

    • Rev Funk
      Rev Funk 5 months ago +3

      You cant "resist" true symptoms. If you can, you dont have a disease

  • RetroSpock
    RetroSpock Year ago +25

    I have spent at least 10-12 years thinking I have something. I always gravitate towards bipolar and I have no idea why. I have been going to different doctors since the age of 16 and I'm telling them there's something not right. All I get is mild anti-depressants such as Citalopram and Fluoxetine but nothing works, nothing helps. It feels like nobody cares (officials, that is, nurses, doctors, counsellors etc) and I'm stuck. I am at the bottom of the well and nobody is offering me a ladder. I cried watching this and I have no idea why, it struck a nerve.

    • Rarebird67
      Rarebird67 4 days ago

      Haloperidol .. Lithium ..

    • Angel Heart
      Angel Heart 12 days ago

      I have bi polar and I am on flouxetine and lamotragrine I know what you mean it took me years to get proper diagnosis good luck

    • Pk Quick
      Pk Quick 3 months ago

      RetroSpock - Have you considered Fasting ? There are so many benefits , look into it.

    • Q Min
      Q Min 3 months ago

      Perhaps seek a therapist you see on an ongoing basis for a possible diagnosis. Maybe its depression,,maybe its a personality disorder, we dont know. I know its frustrating to be in our own minds, wishing hoping someone can understand. Try and try again. Seek another psychiatrist. Therapist

    • Pamela Boswell
      Pamela Boswell 4 months ago +2

      +Ryan Sizemore "Do you care about someone so much that you remember everything they tell you, notice every cry for help, remember something important to them for them." Absolutely. More than one person, too. But I am very empathetic and observant. Don't you dare tell me I don't taking fucking responsibility for my disease; I've been sick exactly half my life. I'm med and appointment compliant and all the rest of it. Are you *even* bipolar? You don't sound like you suffer from any sort of mental illness--just haughtiness. Lol, and someone who repeats the hype like a parrot. I know who I am. That's not the problem. None of what you're blabbering on about has anything to do with being mentally ill. Would you say that shit to someone with cancer? If not, then don't make those comments about or to someone who has a sick brain. I am no more at fault, in control, or responsible for my brain chemistry than someone with HIV or diabetes. Willfully ignorant people LIKE YOU are the reason that most of us feel guilt, shame, and reticence to even seek help.