The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive: 10 Years On


The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive: 10 Years On is a 2016 BBC documentary by Stephen Fry in which he presents the stories of several people suffering from bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) by interviewing them, going through their manic episodes and how they each try to cope with their mental illness, in an effort to see how the public perception about this has changed in the past ten years. It's the follow-up to the 2006 documentary Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.

Stephen Fry himself was at first diagnosed with a milder version of bipolar disorder called cyclothymia. After a suicide attempt in 2012 in Uganda, his doctor decided to change his diagnostic to type one bipolar disorder.

"Ten years on, it's still difficult for people who are bipolar. They struggle to take medication, to get quicker treatment, and to live with stigma and the fear of it. But as Stephen knows, people like Rachel show a way forward, the triumph of spirit over misfortune. He hopes we get the message."

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rating 7.4 / 10
category Psychology
year 2016
with Stephen Fry
duration 58 mins
added October 21, 2018

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