9 Best Bipolar Videos of 2015
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The Best Bipolar Videos of 2015

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  • Shifting Moods with Bipolar Disorder

    Shifting Moods with Bipolar Disorder

    Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive disorder, is a long-term mental disorder that affects about 5.7 million people, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). People with bipolar disorder have extreme and fluctuating mood swings. They can be happy with a lot of energy one day, and then experience sudden feelings of sadness or hopelessness.

    The following online videos are both entertaining and educational, and offer information to help people who have bipolar disorder, as well as their loved ones, cope and understand the disorder better.

  • Depression and Bipolar Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #30

    Depression and Bipolar Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #30

    In Depression and Bipolar Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #30, the narrator tells the story of Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychologist who has suffered from bipolar her entire adult life and attempted suicide at 29.

    After her suicide attempt, Dr. Jamison worked hard to find help through medication and therapy. The video does an excellent job describing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, and explaining the differences between bipolar and clinical depression. It’s a must-see for anyone who wants to understand the condition. 

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  • Bipolar Disorder — Lecture 2014 — Dr. Patrick McKeon

    Bipolar Disorder — Lecture 2014 — Dr. Patrick McKeon

    Dr. Patrick McKeon's lecture provides a detailed look at bipolar disorder, describing the causes, how it affects lives, and how people with the illness can stay healthy. He discusses the connection between bipolar disorder and other conditions like sleep apnea, and uses a whiteboard to illustrate what goes on inside the brain of someone with this disorder. Dr. McKeon also talks about the science behind bipolar disorder, providing possible causes and an explanation for why some people are at higher risk. 

  • What Is Bipolar Disorder?

    What Is Bipolar Disorder?

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta, of CNN fame, breaks down bipolar disorder and explains why it can be difficult to diagnose and treat in the video What is Bipolar Disorder? He uses a plastic brain model to illustrate bipolar disorder’s effect on the brain and what happens during manic and depressive episodes. He also discusses the various treatment options and highlights why some treatments don’t work for every person. 

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  • Demystifying Bipolar Disorder

    Demystifying Bipolar Disorder

    Demystifying Bipolar Disorder features an interview with Dr. Jane Erb, the Chief of Psychiatry at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She discusses symptoms associated with bipolar disorder and how the condition is diagnosed. This video features some of her patients talking about their experiences with the disorder. It helps viewers understand how they cope on a day-to-day basis. Dr. Erb stresses how important it is for doctors to understand their patients’ symptoms and their family history. She believes that, with this knowledge, they’ll be better prepared to offer treatment that works.

  • What Is Bipolar II Disorder? Mental Health with Kati Morton

    What Is Bipolar II Disorder? Mental Health with Kati Morton

    In this video, Kati Morton talks about bipolar II (the depression side of bipolar) and explains how it differs from bipolar I. She encourages getting help and working closely with a doctor to find the best treatment.

    Using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), she provides a detailed description of the symptoms of bipolar I, which include hypomania and depressive episodes. She believes that everyone with the condition should educate themselves and take advantage of resources available, even if it means going to an outpatient center or group therapy. 

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  • Case Study Clinical Example: Session with a Client with Bipolar Disorder (Fluctuations in Mood)

    Case Study Clinical Example: Session with a Client with Bipolar Disorder (Fluctuations in Mood)

    This case study video uses an actor to re-enact a real therapy session between a doctor and a young man named Tom. He was hospitalized for bipolar disorder after years of managing it. In this emotional interview, “Tom” discusses the circumstances that triggered his relapse. He was a stressed out college student who turned to drugs and alcohol. This interview gives a glimpse inside the minds of those who’ve had a setback. Tom’s on the path toward recovery, giving hope to anyone living with bipolar disorder who relapses.

  • Living with Bipolar Disorder

    Living with Bipolar Disorder

    Christine Anderson, author of “Forever Different,” answers the question: What it’s like to live with bipolar? She’s had the condition since 1987, but didn’t receive medication until 2008. She talks about her difficult path to recovery in Living with Bipolar Disorder. After hitting rock bottom and going to prison, she realized she had to accept her condition in order to get her life together. She encourages anyone living with bipolar disorder to take advantage of resources and accept help. In her own words, “Don’t think of yourself as disabled.” 

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  • Demi Lovato Explains She Is Living Well with Bipolar Disorder

    Demi Lovato Explains She Is Living Well with Bipolar Disorder

    Singer, author, and actress Demi Lovato speaks about the darkness of living with bipolar disorder in this powerful video. She acknowledges how her life took a wrong turn, but believes that with the right education, support, and treatment, people living with bipolar can be happy. She’s spoken about the shame and stigma associated with mental illnesses and shares her story to combat these issues. 

  • Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol/Drug Use — Substance Abuse

    Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol/Drug Use — Substance Abuse

    In this video, Nicole gives her personal experience with bipolar disorder. She explains why people with bipolar disorder tend to have issues with alcohol and drugs. They abuse substances to either heighten their feelings while in a manic state, or to numb pain and escape life during a depressive state. She used alcohol as a way of numbing pain and coping with life, so she understands the calmness and peace that comes from drinking. Today, she consciously avoids alcohol and encourages people with bipolar to find other ways to cope with their feelings.

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  • Getting Help for Bipolar Disorder

    Getting Help for Bipolar Disorder

    Living with bipolar disorder can be frightening and you may not completely understand your behaviors and feelings. The interviews and real-life experiences in these videos shed light on the condition, helping erase the stigma attached to mental illnesses while providing education and support.

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