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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2010
This provides a good understanding of that which is Bipolar Disorder. Stephen Fry offers an empathetic illustration of what it is like to live with this disorder, understandable to those who struggle with it, are carers or those who have little understanding of it. An easy watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2013
Stephen Fry is a SAINT, this DVD Is a HONEST take on Bi-Polar Disorder. IT CAN AFFECT ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE, FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. My Bi-Polar AFFECTS me about 4 to 7 times almost every year. And YES I NORMALLY ALWAYS END UP IN A HOSPITAL. I will tell you this, for all the hurt and upset. The EXTREME MASSIVE HIGH'S, Are TOTALLY OUT OF THIS WORLD..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2012
This was a very interesting an informative DVD about depression by someone who has seen the roughest side of this horrible illness. He talks openly about it and with professionals who see it everyday. I had to admire him for doing this dvd. More light needs to shed on this illness as it is still not given the care and consideration that other illnesses get. If depression was any other illness sympathy and help and conversation about it would be more acceptable but for some unknown reason it is often spoken about in whispers and people can be ashamed although there is no reason at all for it to be like that.Stephen sheds light and gives it a visibility that was badly needed. Now if only more people in the public eye could do that it would really help those who suffer from it. It was very brave and honest of him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2013
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. It also helped me to understand and recognise several elements of my own life and behaviour which were a cause for concern. Life moved on, and I largely forgot about going back and watching the whole thing, until a recent episode brought it back into my attention. I'm glad I did finally go back and rewatch it as it is even better than I remember.

Given it's a few years old now, and both the research, treatments, and Stephen Fry himself have evolved over that time, I do wish he would make a follow-up. That said, this one is still very much worth watching!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2010
Thoughtful, funny and gives stigma towards mental health problems a massive kick in the pants. I work in mental health and having watched this many times, am still moved by it. Have used it to teach others about the experience of bipolar disorder. Thank you Stephen Fry and the producers for the best doco to give insight into mental health issues for many years
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2014
Purchased this for another member of the family who enjoyed it. However I thought that all the bi polar sufferers interviewed by Stephen Fry were all financially well heeled so to speak, and we're able to receive good support. It needs a more in depth research to show how the many sufferers who are not so fortunate have to get by on a day by day basis within a National Health Service which is woefully lacking when it comes to mental health illnesses. For example, in my home town there are approx 20 GPs, but only one psychiatrist! So therefore those without their own funds and resources have to make do!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2010
I have been waiting for this to be released on DVD since it first aired, i'm not sure why it took so long but it was worth the wait.

Having Bi-polar disorder myself i found that once viewing this programme people were a lot more understanding about what it is like both to live with the condition yourself and also the impact it has upon those around you.

Hurray for Stephen Fry for shining a light upon the previously taboo world of mental disorders.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2012
Very informative documentary for sufferers and relations/friends of sufferers. This looks at the ways in which manic depression affects life at all ends of the spectrum, interviewing celebrities and your average Joe, adults and children, those severely affected and those mildly affected. It manages to do this whilst telling the story of a sufferer and his understanding of the illness. I highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2014
Good albeit limited piece on the diverse and serious challenges faced by bipolar / manic depressives.
Credit to the participants in sharing their personal difficulties with us (esp. since alienation is a symptom).
Humorous movie adaptation (per novel) of a man with bipolar disorder = Silver Linings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2014
For those who want or need to understand bipolarity, this is an excellent documentary - clear and balanced. It gives an insight into what people suffering from bipolar disorder go through. This is particularly helpful for family and friends.
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