It’s a kind of a funny story

How can you explain to someone that small stuff and apparently non important issues make you anxious and depressed? It’s harder than telling them you are depressed over bigger problems.  “It’s a kind of a funny story” tells the story of a teenager who goes to the ER after an urge to commit suicide. He checks himself  into an adult psychiatric hospital and starts over after changing his perspective on the ‘small stuff’ that made him think about killing himself.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0804497/

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Living with Bipolar Type II

Alicia Raimundo – Mental Health Superhero

Alicia Raimundo has been a mental health advocate since she was 13, after she experienced serious bouts of suicidal ideation as the result of her depression and anxiety. She talks openly about her problem and  encourages people to help their friends or anyone they know who suffer from a mental disorder.

‘Coping with depression’ – short documentary

‘Coping with depression’ is short film that illustrates how  Stephen Fry, Trisha Goddard and Jim Brown experienced anxiety and depression. It is a great inspirational documentary that describes  the way these people view their disorder,  what they found out to be helpful and how they applied it in real life. They share the symptoms they have been experiencing and what they think about going on medication treatment.

‘Status anxiety in the age of austerity’ with Alain de Botton

Great  interview with Alain de Botton on status anxiety, many of the ideas presented in the book  ‘Status anxiety’ released in 2004.

Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

We all know Stephen Fry. But how much do you know about his private life? In this film he presents the life of people suffering from bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder he begins investigating what this condition does to people suffering from it. During the two-hour documentary he talks to a few famous people who struggle with BD, like Richard Dreyfuss and Rick Stein.

Bipolar disorder is a disorder that can not be cured completely, but it is being controlled successfully with medication and psychotherapy. Some of the cases he presents are very interesting, but this doesn’t mean that everyone suffering from it have the same severe symptoms.

If you are struggling with bipolar disorder you will understand the mania symptoms better, but  despite of the heavy information about the maniac part of the disorder, it also approaches the depression turmoil.

We admire Stephen for having the courage  to come out of the box and demonstrating that a mental disorder is nothing to be ashamed of.

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