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Up/Down: A Documentary about Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar documentary poster From time to time I will try and post any interesting documentaries I find online, particularly any documentaries available for free. This documentary covers bipolar disorder, a condition that is often very misunderstood. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder associated with extreme mood swings, often highs and lows, though it may also manifest as irritability rather than elation. Previously this disorder had been known as manic depression. This documentary includes interviews from people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the general public (about their perception and understanding of bipolar disorder), as well as interviews with professionals. The focus is on those diagnosed with the disorder. You can find the video on youtube here:

With any mental health condition. having a label or diagnosis doesn't always help. It is important to note that there is a lot of variation with symptoms for different sufferers. Each person is unique in their presentation and their condition. Your life situation is unique to you. For me personally, growing up I had several close friends and loved ones with bipolar disorder. I believe that it was this influence that led me to study psychology and inspired me to become a therapist and life coach.

Bipolar disorder is a serious disorder, and if you believe you are suffering from this disorder, please consider seeing your GP or therapy.