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

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  • Rose Blue
    Rose Blue 12 hours 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.

  • robert smith
    robert smith Day 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 3 days ago

    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 7 days ago

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

  • acajudi100
    acajudi100 8 days 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 10 days 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.

  • M Munroe
    M Munroe 14 days ago +1

    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 14 days 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

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer 17 days ago

    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 18 days ago

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

    • IlovemyCountry
      IlovemyCountry 10 days 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 23 days ago +12

    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...

    • Sophie Brown
      Sophie Brown Day ago

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

    • Alpen83
      Alpen83 3 days ago +1

      +Chuck Starry Thank you. Same to you. :)

    • Chuck Starry
      Chuck Starry 4 days ago

      +Alpen83 Very, very good point, Alpen! "Merry Christmas" to you, and "Happy New Year" too... Chuck

    • Alpen83
      Alpen83 4 days ago +1

      @Chuck Starry I think at the very least people should make an effort to separate the illness from the actual person. For example, "he HAS bipolar disorder," as opposed to, "he IS bipolar." No one would ever say, "This is my friend, William. He's cancerous..." lol

    • Christof Deckx
      Christof Deckx 7 days ago

      Yes otherwise people perceive it wrong. They think Yeah sometimes i feel low too ,just get over it. Annoying ass hell!

  • Carole Williams
    Carole Williams 24 days ago

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

  • Farahnaz dcuo
    Farahnaz dcuo 28 days 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 dcuo
    Farahnaz dcuo 28 days ago +2

    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.


    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.

  • minimalist
    minimalist 29 days ago +2

    They describe me perfectly. Its a living hell really.

  • Denise Kulawik
    Denise Kulawik Month 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.

  • emwa
    emwa Month ago +1

    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 Month 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 Month ago +1

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

  • Pretty Mommy
    Pretty Mommy Month ago +1

    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 Month 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 Month 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 Month ago +2

    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

  • Upenda Sana
    Upenda Sana Month ago +1

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

  • Upenda Sana
    Upenda Sana Month ago +3

    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 Month ago +6

    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 Month 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 10 days ago

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

    • sbarnett37tiger Barnes
      sbarnett37tiger Barnes Month ago +2

      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 2 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 Month 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 Month 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 2 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 Month 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 2 months ago +3

    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 Month 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 2 months ago +1


  • vinnie vector
    vinnie vector 2 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 2 months ago +4

    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 2 months ago +2

    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 3 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.

  • Mike Buchanon
    Mike Buchanon 3 months ago +1


  • Anthony Burke
    Anthony Burke 3 months ago +2

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

  • globalman
    globalman 3 months ago +16

    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.

    • Lumpysmack Princess
      Lumpysmack Princess 28 days ago +1

      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 Month ago +1

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

  • Bec White
    Bec White 3 months ago +1

    Great documentary

  • carlos jose fabregas
    carlos jose fabregas 3 months ago +2

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

  • Ryan G Funk
    Ryan G Funk 3 months ago
    A little about my experience with bipolar.

  • delagrazia
    delagrazia 4 months ago

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

    • Keywy
      Keywy 2 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago +8

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

  • Berkies Sepulveda
    Berkies Sepulveda 6 months ago

    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! 6 months ago +3

    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 Month ago

      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 6 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 6 months ago +12

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

  • Billie Jean Gaddis
    Billie Jean Gaddis 6 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 6 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 2 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 7 months ago +7

    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.

    • emwa
      emwa Month ago

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

    • Pamela Boswell
      Pamela Boswell 2 months ago

      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 7 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 7 months ago +31

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

  • Lynda
    Lynda 7 months ago +1

    THANK YOU!!!

  • Paul Kell
    Paul Kell 7 months ago +1

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

  • Carsonia Whitmore
    Carsonia Whitmore 8 months ago +7

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

    • Mr Watto
      Mr Watto 7 days ago

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

  • kahnadah
    kahnadah 8 months ago +4

    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.

  • I love puppies
    I love puppies 8 months ago

    Thank you for sharing.

  • hot rod daddy
    hot rod daddy 8 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 9 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.

    • Jordin Poeschl
      Jordin Poeschl 4 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 4 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 4 months ago +4

      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 4 months ago +1

      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.

    • KHCloud
      KHCloud 6 months ago +10

      That's not really the case. Bipolar 2 has a higher suicide rate, but Bipolar 1 has a higher incarceration rate. So both are not easily managed and most psychiatrists no longer say one is less serious than the other.

  • Heidi Yeo
    Heidi Yeo 9 months ago

    Well done.

  • Lot Pilates
    Lot Pilates 9 months ago +4

    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 10 months ago +15

    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 8 months ago +1

      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 10 months ago +4

    Blessings XXXXX

  • Andrew Martin
    Andrew Martin 10 months 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 2 months ago

      Nor for me.

    • Pamela Boswell
      Pamela Boswell 2 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 2 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 4 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 7 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
    The spoof intellectual 10 months ago +3

    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 10 months ago +4

    Just another commercial film for the psychiatric mafia!

    • Malik Rahman
      Malik Rahman 8 months ago +6

      Amateur troll

    • Lara Hilton
      Lara Hilton 8 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 9 months ago +10

      momo oo are you a scientologist by any chance?

    • Borderline, Books and Bipolar
      Borderline, Books and Bipolar 10 months ago +7

      momo oo oh please...

  • momo oo
    momo oo 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

  • momo oo
    momo oo 10 months 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 10 months ago

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

  • robert smith
    robert smith 10 months ago +26

    i hope cordelia is ok , best wishs .

  • dee schwass
    dee schwass 10 months ago +5

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

    • Rev Funk
      Rev Funk 3 months ago +2

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

  • RetroSpock
    RetroSpock 10 months ago +22

    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.

    • Pk Quick
      Pk Quick Month ago

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

    • Q Min
      Q Min Month 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 2 months ago +1

      +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.

    • Share The Mystery 11:11
      Share The Mystery 11:11 2 months ago

      Ryan Sizemore ... wow.. that response was for me, too‼️. much love❤️

    • Ryan Sizemore
      Ryan Sizemore 2 months ago +1

      Its true. Noone does care about you that much. Noone will ever care about you as much as you do. Noone can. They are too busy. Take care of yourself and forget about whether others care. They don't. They can't. They are too busy caring for themselves first and all the other things they care about second. I don't mean to be bleak, but think about it. 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. Less than you are willing to admit unless you are ready to take responsiblity for your own mental health, and understand noone can tell you who you are. What you feel. How you cope. What you are capable of. You're wrong to put faith in others is all. Start putting it back in your SELF. Creating a self happens as a child but knowing thy self takes a lifetime of learning.

  • the creamlive
    the creamlive 10 months ago +17

    Thanks for uploading. Excellent documentary about bipolar. 💕

    • Lara Hilton
      Lara Hilton 8 months ago +2

      the creamlive Absolutely. Thank you Stephen Fry👍🏼.

  • justmadeit2
    justmadeit2 11 months ago +30

    Real depression is a nightmare. Im going through a bad patch again right now, its very dark. I dont have bi polar, as in i dont get the manic highs. I just get crushing lows

    • finehomemadewine
      finehomemadewine 26 days ago

      +Ryan Sizemore No. There are a lot of types of mental disorders. Some people can have only depression. Not everyone has to be bipolar despite us watching a very good documentary about this particular disorder.

    • Zuleika D’Emilio
      Zuleika D’Emilio Month ago

      And? WE get crushing lows too... The highs aren't "fun" or "happy".... It's constant hyper but still feeling like shit and not knowing why....

    • Lisa DeNise
      Lisa DeNise Month ago +1

      +justmadeit2 there is also a thing called uni polar so on looking for a doctor make sure you find a specialist whom can distinguish between normal depression and uni polar good luck

    • Q Min
      Q Min Month ago +1

      You are beautiful. Never forget it

    • Ryan Sizemore
      Ryan Sizemore 2 months ago +2

      Mania sets you up for those crushing lows. Perhaps you are just misdiagnosing it. It usually manifests as positive. As if things are finally going right, which is exactly what sets you up to fall so hard. That and the knowledge that noone can help you but yourself, and you are in the least qualified state to do so. You have to do it though. Noone cares about you every second of the day but you . Fact. Stay tough.

  • Natalia M.
    Natalia M. 11 months ago +23

    Worst thing to call cops when someone is in a suicidal state.

    • IlovemyCountry
      IlovemyCountry 10 days ago

      Call an ambulance!!

    • Verneata M
      Verneata M 12 days ago +1

      Rev Funk without proper training, it can end horrifically.

    • finehomemadewine
      finehomemadewine 26 days ago +1

      +Holly Cline Rather extreme way to heal bipolar disorder. But that is the state power to you.

    • Robin
      Robin Month ago +5

      +Holly Cline I heard that news, or a story very similar to it in recent months... she needed help, they shot her to death. It was mortifying to think that someone who needed help was killed instead. Lack of police training to deal with such a case.

    • Holly Cline
      Holly Cline 2 months ago +6

      One girl was shot and killed because she was having another manic episode and the cops waited and then walked into her room, she was holding a hair brush and they shot and killed her dead.

  • Densmorde
    Densmorde 11 months ago +46

    Breaks my effin heart the breast cancer woman and her mother.

    • LemonZeppelin
      LemonZeppelin Month ago +1

      What a life. Crippling bipolar disorder AND cancer.
      In fact, in my depressive episodes, I almost wish I did have a terminal illness because I wouldn't have to suffer any more.

  • Katz Riverz
    Katz Riverz 11 months ago +1

    He's lucky seeing he's so ugly to have that job

    • Tom Tom
      Tom Tom 26 days ago

      Scott you have a lovely wife. Try hard to stick with anything that helps. Hold on ...

    • Tom Tom
      Tom Tom 26 days ago

      What a sick person you must be... He has a lovely face and is genuinely suffering. Just take your comments and stuff them where the sun don't shine.

    • Julie Eales
      Julie Eales 3 months ago +1

      You have an ugly mind!!!

    • vee kay
      vee kay 4 months ago +3

      You are the ugly one.

  • Katz Riverz
    Katz Riverz 11 months ago

    You just want another book by a ghost writer, areshole

    • IlovemyCountry
      IlovemyCountry 10 days ago

      You are a total cretin! No one cares about your bitchy comments! You are a low achiever!

    • Katz Riverz
      Katz Riverz 10 months ago

      Anthony Monaghan with him it's all about ME ME ME puke, there's millions of people far far worse rather hear them, not so highly paid GOONS !!!!!!!!

    • Anthony Monaghan
      Anthony Monaghan 10 months ago +7

      Who are you talking about? Why are you so bitter and angry?

  • Robin Hood
    Robin Hood 11 months ago +21

    Im in a depressive episode right now. Like today I got back together with my ex, but instead of being happy I became depressed. 😞 the irrational emotional reactions is the thing that annoys me the most.

    • Victoria Sun
      Victoria Sun 7 months ago +1

      Robin Hood wow i have the same thing right now! And like do not understand why i am not happy... how are you now?

    • Heidi Yeo
      Heidi Yeo 9 months ago +3

      Robin Hood I've been seriously depressed for months now.No enthusiasm, just existing...being bipolar sucks...

    • momo oo
      momo oo 10 months ago

      There is nothing irrational about your reaction at all! If you were a woman you wouldn't have a doubt about it.

    • momo oo
      momo oo 10 months ago

      Robin Hood you're quite an idiot that's all!

  • Darren Gal
    Darren Gal  11 months ago +5

    Thanks for your feedback

    • Lara O'neal
      Lara O'neal 9 months ago

      Darren Gal Thank you for this upload. One of the better ones for sure. Some others are so vague and just plain erroneous.

    • Cindy Hetzler
      Cindy Hetzler 11 months ago

      paralyzed people dont walk they also dont pick up thier wheelchair out of the car, shes milking it! ive seen this before the exaggeration of disabilities to get sympathy

  • Hans Meeussen
    Hans Meeussen 11 months ago +12

    I am bipolar I and have switched medications, from lithium to olanzapine, through which I gained much weight; thereafter I got carbamazepine and aripiprazole, which doesn't give me any side effects and are keeping me grounded.

    • Rev Funk
      Rev Funk Month ago

      +Kate Crowley epilium???

    • Kate Crowley
      Kate Crowley Month ago +1

      I am on epilium and lexipro for bipolar. The best treatment I found is CBT.
      Best wishes to all my bipolar family. Xx Kate

    • Rev Funk
      Rev Funk 3 months ago

      Carbamazepine is great for mania especially

    • Blackflame Friede
      Blackflame Friede 7 months ago


    • John the despicable dutchman
      John the despicable dutchman 8 months ago +1

      " I lost everything I had, wife children house job and car. " Yep that figures for that is what all Bipolar do, to destroy everything and everyone that they touch.

  • Christopher Isac
    Christopher Isac 11 months ago +7

    Seroquel can be very helpful at least you can get 6 hours of sleep or so but you a zombie on the medication for 3-4 months until you body gets used to it. I take it because I only sleep 8 hours a week without it.

    • Christof Deckx
      Christof Deckx 7 days ago

      +Jone Brady yes its a horrific drug. I have huntingtons disease, but misdiagnosed with shizofrenia.
      The seroquel increased the onset of my disease. Now the doctor said to me how bad it is and that i have to stop everything except lithium.

    • Jone Brady
      Jone Brady 26 days ago +1

      I have Tardive Dyskinesia from Seroquel.

    • Rev Funk
      Rev Funk 3 months ago

      Yes, but it's almost impossible to get off of, although that isnt important as you'll need it forever anyway. Paired with carbamazepine it has saved my life

    • Raven Redfeather
      Raven Redfeather 4 months ago +2

      I have severe Bipolar 1 Disorder. Seroquel was a decent drug. It worked so well for my mania. It immediately took me down from my highs, but it did nothing for my depression. As for sleep... It let me sleep in my manic episodes, though my mania fought it hard... But it was the worst in my depressive episodes... I already would sleep 9-10 hours on a regular basis... Because I get tired so easily... My body needs more rest to get through the day in a depressive episode... The Seroquel pushed me into sleeping 12-14 hours. I had no life... Nothing... The first time I tried it, I had no weight gain... I actually lost weight, which my eating disorder was really bad then so... But the second time I tried it again, I gained a lot of weight... I had to go off it because it did not do much for me.

    • Chiaroscuro Amore
      Chiaroscuro Amore 10 months ago +3

      I’ve been on Seroquel for years and found it works the best for my bipolar and anxiety. It stops me from having daily panic attacks and keeps my moods level.
      I use it in conjunction with Prozac and Lamotrigine (all prescribed by a psychiatrist), and since I’ve been on this combo, I’ve been the most stable I’ve ever been.
      I’m so grateful that I’m now stable and can achieve much more than I ever thought I could.

  • Kronic Dizzies
    Kronic Dizzies 11 months ago

    What happened to his nose?

    • emwa
      emwa Month ago

      +stevai6732 best reply ever

    • Kay Muldoon
      Kay Muldoon 11 months ago

      Kronic Dizzies he broke it as a child. Must have been some seriously painful break, considering how crooked it became.

    • stevai6732
      stevai6732 11 months ago +8

      bipolar disorder

  • Scott Vankeuren
    Scott Vankeuren Year ago +111

    Maybe because I am bipolar but, when the fellow was singing on the train. I thought good for him! They saying sing like no one is listening. If you want to sing man, sing your heart out! Some of us respect that!

    • finehomemadewine
      finehomemadewine 26 days ago

      We ALL should sing on buses and in work as it used to be - there would be less depression too, I strongly believe.

    • Sarah Dixon
      Sarah Dixon Month ago +1

      I'm with you it made me smile. I'm not bipolar but very happy to sing outside when the moment grabs me....😄

    • delagrazia
      delagrazia 4 months ago

      me too ,thats what i thought

    • Figaro Hey!
      Figaro Hey! 6 months ago +4

      I've seen people singing in public when they have earbuds in. I've always assumed they got carried away by the music and didn't realize they were singing. Of course, I haven't seen anyone singing that loudly... Though I remember one student who asked permission to listen to music while taking an exam. I reluctantly agreed. At some point during the exam, she was so focused on the exam that she didn't realize she was humming and then started singing softly to herself. In the silent exam room, everyone could hear it and all her classmates turned and were smiling at her and laughing a bit, before she finally realized that people were looking at her and realized what she was doing. So I would simply assume the person was wrapped up in music and got 'lost' in it and didn't even realize he was singing so loudly, especially if the music in the earbuds was very loud.

    • robert smith
      robert smith 6 months ago

      i suppose the guy singing, did nt care at the time, i do nt think he should give a shit. fuck um all ......sing as fucking loud and as annoying as you want, i think the comment on social media are more anti social than a singer. a load of sad cowards that could nt be their sociopathic selves out loud.

  • Lawrence Thompson
    Lawrence Thompson Year ago +11

    At least manic depressives get the upside of the manic phase.

    • Pamela Boswell
      Pamela Boswell 2 months ago

      +DeFyYing Thank you, I was going to tell him to die in a fire, but that was more eloquent, lol.

    • Pamela Boswell
      Pamela Boswell 2 months ago

      +Vanessa Desloges and sometimes the medication doesn't work at all. It's a crap shoot.

    • Pamela Boswell
      Pamela Boswell 2 months ago

      +kieran james it's terrifying.

    • Pamela Boswell
      Pamela Boswell 2 months ago

      +Elizabeth Briede he's an idiot that needs to STFU. Some people need to have a really intense filter because they say and type the dumbest shit.

    • Pamela Boswell
      Pamela Boswell 2 months ago +1

      +Christopher Isac I'm so over those ignorant comments from people like him. I'm not sorry to say that bipolar is far worse and serious than major depressive AND it is much harder to treat. Mania is dangerous and toxic and some people don't survive it. This is why I am closeted because of idiots like that.

  • C B
    C B Year ago +19

    Excellent documentary

    • Lara Hilton
      Lara Hilton 8 months ago +1

      Southern Bell It is, I really admire those who participated. So brave. Sadly there are some negative comments, some which are clearly unhelpful. But I’m assuming those people are also struggling with their own mental illness. 😞. Stephen Fry has helped others dealing with this issue in so many ways.

  • Truthseeker1515
    Truthseeker1515 Year ago +11

    @ 3:43 How mean can you get? Such intolerance...