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Stephen Fry's The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive [DVD] [2008]

Ross Wilson    Exempt   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Ross Wilson
  • Producers: Ross Wilson, Lindsey Douglas
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Digital Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XT38GO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,733 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Stephen Fry presents this documentary exploring the disease of manic depression; a little understood but potentially devastating condition affecting an estimated two percent of the population. Stephen embarks on an emotional journey to meet fellow sufferers, and discuss the literal highs and lows of being bi-polar. Celebrities such as Carrie Fisher and Richard Dreyfuss invite the comedian into their home to relate their stories. Plus Stephen looks into the lives of ordinary people trying to deal with the illness at work and home, and of course to the people studying manic depression in an effort to better control it. A fascinating, moving and ultimately very entertaining Emmy Award-winning programme.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Manic depression is a disease that's little talked about and little understood. This programme, presented by Stephen Fry, explores the highs and the lows, and the causes and the treatments of a condition that may affect as many as 2% of the population. Motivated by his own personal battle, the programme follows Stephen Fry on an emotional but entertaining journey that takes him into the homes of stars such as Carrie Fisher, Richard Dreyfuss and Rick Stein; into the lives of ordinary people who juggle this illness with their working lives; and into the surgeries of psychiatrists and the labs of researchers who are trying to help control the condition. In candid interviews, we hear tales of mood swings and extremes of behaviour that can leave a sufferer living like Jekyll and Hyde; with reckless aggression, crazy sex, wild decisions and criminal impulses all thrown in. And we hear about the lows that make you wonder how they survive. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Emmy Awards, ...Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if only this had been made earlier... 6 Jan 2011
By Gus
I lost my brother to manic depression several years ago. I caught a couple of episodes of Stephen's documentary when it was originally broadcast but missed much of it as I live abroad. My mother had never seen it and we decided to get the DVD for her as a stocking-filler.

Stephen Fry tackles this little-known and often misunderstood illness with remarkable sensitivity and careful humour. The series is both entertaining and informative as Stephen seeks to better understand his own bi-polar illness. He talks with people from all walks of life, with doctors, mega-stars of stage and screen and "ordinary" people who suffer from or work with sufferers of this illness every day and his honesty about his own condition and his sincerity in seeking to draw others to be equally open about theirs makes this a very moving piece of work.For many people, diagnosis of their bi-polar manic depression comes after they have suffered for many years and have made at least one suicide attempt, for my brother his diagnosis came too late. I watched the DVD with my mother and we both had tears in our eyes at the end - she turned to me and said "That was your brother - if only we had known all this when he was still alive". I have a much better understanding of this dreadful illness now and when I think back to certain episodes with my brother I can see that it was his illness that was driving his life along such a self-destructive path. Thank you Stephen Fry for this piece of work, I can only recommend it most highly to anyone who suffers from or who knows someone who suffers from manic depression.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this if you have Bipola 6 Feb 2010
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I have been waiting for this brilliant programe to be placed on DVD since it was first aired.

If you,like myself are Bipolar/Manic Depressive then this is defaintly worth a watch it gives you a good insight in to other suffers life's thus showing it's not just you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars explains my "Fryed" brain 8 July 2011
Loved the video and think if someone was to finally start explaining this illness then Stephen Fry is absolutely the best choice and I hope he does a follow up DVD. I have been living with Manic Depression all my life and since being put on meds 15 years ago I have decided (thanks to this video) to slowly wean myself off them (with a doctors guidance) and learn to live with it naturally. Learned some tips from this video - one example is taking Omega 3 which I knew was good for the brain but I just never thought of using it for my illness. Stupidity is not related to being bi-polar, it is just my problem (which maybe omega 3 might cure (groan)).

My only problem with the video is that aside from Lithium (which I tried once but it made me more suicidal) there is a lack of information about other choices, and there are many. The video does mention that there are other treatments but not enough about what those are. The combination of anti-depressants and mood stabilizers to mention just one, is a common treatment these days but I'd love to have learned the name of these drugs such as Prozac (anti-depressant) and valporic acid (a mood stabilizer) amongst others.

I am glad I purchased the video and believe that it is a must see for anyone suffering with, related to or friends with sufferers of this illness. For those who do not have the illness but have dealings with someone who does it helps to explain the bizarre behaviour we exhibit and only have minimal control over.

Businesses also, could learn a lot about why not only employees but customers might be annoying or difficult to deal with at times. Someone who is in the throes of mania might be excited, loud, complaining, or ordering much more than normal, amongst other things.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 21 Mar 2010
I used this DVD to illustrate to medical students the experience of Bipolar disorder . It is a great teaching resource and not something they can learn from a book on psychiatry!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest, Dignified Look at Manic Depression 22 Dec 2011
I have nothing but praise for this documentary about the complex and difficult disease that is Bi-Polar Disorder or Manic Depression.

Stephen Fry himself suffers from Manic Depression and so he sets off in this documentary to meet people with the condition as well as Doctor's and Psychiatrist's.

The programme is very honest about the subject and its really encouraging to hear people with this condition speak so openly about their own experiences even if they happen to be well known in the cases when Stephen speaks to Carrie Fisher and Richard Dreyfuss about their battles with it.

I'd encourage everybody to watch this documentary as if you suffer from depression or another mental illness it lets you know your not alone and if you don't suffer you can appreciate what others maybe going through.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & Informative 13 Sep 2010
By Ferret
As a person recently diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, I purchased this DVD because I was interested to see/hear Stephen Frys' experience of the illness. I found the 'documentary' to be very informative and it has helped me to understand many of my own experiences of the illness.
The information given within the programme was clear, concise, easy to understand & with no jargon. Great for ANYONE to watch who wishes to understand more about bi-polar disorder!!!
A BIG THANKYOU to Stephen Fry, Richard Dreyfuss, Carrie Fisher and the many others who so openly shared their experiences and contributed to the making of this fantastic programme !!!

Further useful Literature :
Mood Mapping: Plot your way to emotional health and happiness
An Unquiet Mind
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interestingly sad
Good albeit short piece on the challenges faced by bipolar / manic depressives.
Credit to the participants on sharing their personal difficulties with us.
Published 6 days ago by D123
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Informative, enlightening and as always with Stephen Fry, highly interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew toole
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Series on Bi-Polar Disorder (previously know as Manic...
Classic Series on Bi-Polar Disorder (previously know as Manic Depression.)

Stephen Fry has an unimitable style and the series is interesting and engaging, as well as... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ady Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and helpful
For those who want or need to understand bipolarity, this is an excellent documentary - clear and balanced. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marian Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave Exposure
Very brave to expose himself in this medical manner.
Proof that it is not the end of a life.
Liked it
Published 7 months ago by evelyn Low
5.0 out of 5 stars really cool masive insight if you need to understand bi polar then...
really cool stephen gives you a look into the live of a mannic depressive or bi polar as its called now. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mark dockerill
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough
I was hoping I would be able to use this DVD to indicate to my friends and family "Look, this is what it is like to be Manic Depressive. Read more
Published 11 months ago by D M Biggs (Buckingham)
5.0 out of 5 stars Both informative and heart rending
This has shown me that I'm not the only one going through this. Although I have a slightly different disorder it rang so many bells...
Published 11 months ago by Katriona Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Viewing
I first caught part of this documentary on TV, back in 2005. I was struck by how touching and how candid all of the stories of those involved in it's making were. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Mcleod
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening moment
This DVD is a wonderful insight into this condition.
More people should watch it in their quest to understand the condition and how it affects the individual and their family.
Published 13 months ago by Sue Selwyn
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