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Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of The Manic-Depressive (Episode I)
Stephen Fry, a manic depressive patient presents this documentary exploring the disease thoroughly; Manic depression also known as Bipolar Disorder is very often neglected and not fully understood by the average population, however it’s a potentially devastating and life-long health condition that affects roughly two to three percent of the population.
Stephen decides to go on an emotional journey to meet with fellow patients. He discusses many aspects of the disorder, including the severe mood swings that many bipolar patients go through – “the highs and lows of being bipolar”.
Three well known celebrities such as Robbie Williams, Richard Dreyfuss and Carrie Fisher invite the comedian into their homes to discuss their own stories and clearly picture the life of a manic-depressive.
In addition, Stephen Fry looks into the lives of ordinary people trying to deal with the disorder at home or at work, and of course to the people studying manic depression in an effort to better control it. Sadly, many bipolar patients are disabled, however a large percentage have successful career and can carry on living a normal life. A fascinating, moving and ultimately very entertaining Emmy Award-winning documentary.