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The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive. Part 2

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  • Stephen Fry knows that the taunting voice in his head is a symptom of his bipolar disorder, but he has not sought medical treatment for the disease. In this program Fry looks into the options available for BPD patients after discovering that his illness has progressed. Like many, he rejects lithium due to its cognitive dulling effect, though actor Richard Dreyfuss tells Fry he had great success with the drug. Fry speaks with people who have tried electroshock therapy, still in use and surprisingly effective, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Most report that the manic highs of the disease are worth the lows, but struggle to live a balanced life.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 05, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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  • Introduction to The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive: Part 2 (3:04) -- What Happened? (3:28) -- Fry Disappears (3:09) -- Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder: What Now? (1:09) -- Absence of Anxiety (2:44) -- How Does Medical Science Justify Dependence on Drugs? (2:07) -- Depression Setting In (1:24) -- Zoe Schwarz's Final Depression (3:55) -- Electroboy: Andy Behrman's Story (4:02) -- Sectioned: How Did it All Come to This? (5:12) -- London's Bethlem Psychiatric Hospital (1:59) -- Psychiatric Model (3:27) -- Mood Diaries to Manage Manic Depression (5:05) -- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (3:31) -- Potential Lost to Mental Illness (2:40) -- Fear of Loss of Self Image (3:06) -- Just Like Me (2:25) -- Credits: The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive: Part 2 (0:25)
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