The BBC has a focus on bipolar disorder over the next few weeks with a TV documentary hosted by Stephen Fry investigating the condition, and a special edition of BBC Radio 4’s Case Notes on the disorder.
We reported earlier this year that Stephen Fry, diagnosed with bipolar himself, visited Cardiff University’s neuropsychiatric genetics unit to film parts of a documentary.
The first part of the documentary was on last night (I missed it I’m afraid and am currently searching bittorrent trackers for a copy) and the next is on BBC2 next Tuesday.
In the documentary, Fry discusses his own experiences, as well as interviewing people like Carrie Fisher, Robbbie Williams and Tony Slattery about their lives with unpredictable thoughts and moods.
The documentary also tackles the psychology and neuroscience of the condition, with the help of researchers who are attempting to make sense of how this complex condition starts, and impacts upon affected individuals.
BBC Radio 4’s Case Notes also discusses bipolar in detail, including the best current treatments and ways of coping.