There are about 5.7 million people in the United States living with bipolar disorder today, according to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Whether you're one of the millions who have received a bipolar diagnosis or know someone who has, the following videos are for you.
7 Things I Love About Bipolar Disorder!
Lizzie Reezay has been making YouTube videos for years, and through a few of those years she's shared her journey with bipolar disorder. This video is certainly a unique perspective on bipolar. It looks at the things she misses from when she was struggling with severe depressive and manic episodes. And while she's in a better place now, her ability to look back on those difficult times and see any positive glimmers says a lot about her personality and optimism.
Actress Uses Comedy to Fight Stigma of Bipolar Disorder
Dr. Sanjay Gupta from CNN narrates this quick profile of Victoria Maxwell, a comedienne who uses her mental illness as a punchline. Maxwell is a former actress and now focuses her energy on raising awareness about bipolar disorder and the stigma of mental illness. She shares her standup routine to groups around the country and hopes that people will begin to treat those with bipolar disorder as they do any other physical condition.
Advice for the Newly Diagnosed
What should someone newly diagnosed with bipolar disorder do first? According to Sarah and the International Bipolar Foundation, the list of things to do include finding a therapist you trust and get along with, learning about medications available to help with your treatment, and investigating the possibility of attending group therapy. A bipolar diagnosis can be overwhelming, and this quick video offers some clear and quick guidance.
Amy Geliebter is a YouTuber who frequently posts humorous clips, makeup tutorials, and commentaries. This video is a little different. It discusses her experiences with bipolar disorder. Amy decided to make the video after one of her subscribers commented that she was struggling with her moods and wanted to know more about bipolar.
For someone with bipolar disorder, having to explain your diagnosis to new friends or family members can be difficult. This animated video is one potential solution, taking a complicated topic and making it approachable and easy to comprehend.
Bipolar Disorder is Like Having Two Serious Illnesses at Once
Bipolar disorder isn't just depression or mania, it's both. As if one serious mental illness isn't enough, this disorder most often comes with the symptoms and repercussions of two. This video explains just how affecting and potentially damaging living with bipolar disorder is.
Bipolar Disorder: What it is & What to Do
This lecture by Dr. Patrick McKeon gives you the basics of bipolar disorder from a more academic perspective. He discusses what exactly the disorder is, addressing both the symptoms and treatments. What we find most interesting is Dr. McKeon's discussion about why bipolar diagnoses are often missed, and how lifestyle changes can aid in managing symptoms.
Demi Lovato Explains She is Living Well with Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder affects people from all walks of life. In this video, pop star Demi Lovato opens up about her own struggle with the condition. As Lovato works in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, who produced the video, she calls on people to learn more about bipolar and related mental illnesses to help do away with the existing stigma.
Discussing Depression and Bipolar Disorder with Stephen Fry
Award-winning British actor and writer Stephen Fry sits down with the University of Warwick to talk about his life with bipolar disorder. He discusses how he has learned to pay more attention to his moods and how his activities affect them, as well as how writing poetry has helped him express ideas and feelings he would otherwise not be able to share.
I'm Bipolar, But I'm Not…
There are many misconceptions about bipolar disorder, including that people with it are crazy, unstable, vulnerable, or "off their meds" when they're feeling emotional. This short video from BuzzFeedYellow blasts many of these misconceptions using the words of people who live with the disorder. Putting faces to bipolar disorder shows that they don't fit any single stereotype.
Integrative Bipolar Doctor: What is Bipolar Disorder?
What's the difference between acting bipolar and having bipolar disorder? This is where the video featuring Dr. Nicole Cain begins. If you have four minutes to spare and want to learn the basics of bipolar disorder from a qualified expert, this is a great place to start. She discusses the causes, symptoms, and potential treatments for bipolar disorder, and does so in an easy to follow manner.
Living with Bipolar Disorder
Clara, an older woman with bipolar disorder, shares part of her journey in this one-minute video. She says she's never been happier than she is now, but that her happiness has taken considerable work. She talks about the things that have helped her stay "well" — things that could be useful to others living with bipolar disorder.
Living with Mental Illness: Bipolar Disorder
Bob Regis has lived with bipolar disorder for about 30 years. In this video, he talks about living nearly his entire adult life with the diagnosis. He describes what it's like to struggle through depressive and manic stages, including one of his first bouts of mania, where he slept an average of one hour per night for four months. For newly diagnosed people with bipolar disorder, Bob's adjustment to living with the condition can offer hope.
Session with a Client with Bipolar Disorder
Cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, is an approach to bipolar disorder treatment. This video shows what a typical CBT session might look like. The patient, who is played by an actor, was recently released from a hospital after a period of depression following mania. This is a good illustration of how a therapy session may unfold for bipolar patients and could be useful for them and the professionals who treat them.
What is Bipolar II Disorder?
Did you know there was more than one type of bipolar disorder? This video explains the differences between bipolar I and bipolar II disorder, with an emphasis on the latter. People with this specific form of bipolar disorder don't experience the mania, the frantic end of the bipolar spectrum. We like this video because it sheds light on an aspect of bipolar disorder you don't normally hear about.
What's it Like to Have Bipolar Disorder?
Do you have a friend or family member with bipolar disorder, but aren't sure what that means? This video does a quick but thorough job at explaining it in an understandable, nonclinical manner. The video is from Discovery News, and features details on how it feels to live with bipolar, including the different effects and symptoms.