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TRIGGER ALERT - if you're bipolar and have not yet seen this movie, you may find the first 10 minutes upsetting. If you would like to watch, perhaps have a friend or family member sit with you. Or, wait until you're feeling in the right space.
What is it really like to have Bipolar Disorder? Please Educate Yourself by Watching Up/Down Bipolar Disorder Documentary
Hope Xchange Nonprofit would like to share the "Up/Down" Bipolar Disorder Documentary in hopes that everyone educates themselves about what it is really like for someone to live with a chemical imbalance he/she has absolutely no control over. No one wants to be bipolar my friends. And, if you have a loved one with a bipolar diagnosis and you care about them, watching this video is a must.
This amazing documentary shares the layperson's understanding of what they perceive bipolar disorder is and I must say it’s scary to me that people misperceive our community this way.
“They’re a pain in the ass to live with.” (quote from the documentary)
It describes the challenges bipolar individuals encounter and in particular what it feels like to be manic, depressed and suicidal, all in the words of those who live with bipolar. Many brave souls speak openly and honestly about what it feels like to be diagnosed with bipolar, what it feels like to be judged by others who simply don’t understand and what it feels like to live without hope.
"You just don't want to live here anymore. You don't see any light at the end of the tunnel. It sucks ... it really sucks. I hate it." (quote from documentary from someone living with bipolar)
It also offers a fascinating discussion of the history of bipolar disorder, notes what famous and creative people who have given so much back to society were believed to live with bipolar, and the latest scientific thinking on the diagnosis and treatment.
And, finally my favorite part, the documentary concludes with some very moving interviews with special individuals living with bipolar disorder, stories which are honest, uplifting and inspiring.
Please watch and don't judge and don't allow those in the bipolar community to live without hope. Thank you for reading this post and thank you so much for watching. Please share our post with others.