Bipolar Disorder is characterized by both very high moods, called mania, and very low depressions. There are two shows which focus on this disorder and what it means in people’s lives.  We filmed two TV show episodes focusing on Bipolar Disorder.

Bipolar Discussion Questions

Bipolar Resources

In the first show, two people are interviewed. One is a woman who has been living with bipolar disorder for many years, the second is her husband. They talk about how she has adapted to living with the illness, and how her husband is supportive in her recovery. Taped December 19, 2007
In the second show, a psychiatrist from the Stanford Bipolar Clinic is a guest on this show and explains what Bipolar disorder is, and its various types: Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and Bipolar Not Otherwise Specified (NOS). Another guest is living with Bipolar I, and talks about what it has been like for him. Host Rev. Barbara Meyers reveals that she has Bipolar NOS.
Notes on music and art:
The composer of the music and the painters of the pictures used in the show lived with serious mental health problems.
Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest MussorgskyPaintings:
The Parable of the Good Samaritan by Francesco Bassano
Old Man in Sorrow by Vincent van GoghThe Erythraean Sibyl (Sistine Chapel) by Michelangelo

Note: The views expressed in this program are those of the speakers and not necessarily those of Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare.