Living With Bipolar Disorder

A program in AFSP’s educational series on mental health conditions

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million people in the U.S., or nearly 3 percent of the population over the age of 18 in a given year.

Living with Bipolar Disorder is a 40-minute film which offers an understanding of bipolar disorder with the help of stories from people who have been treated and manage the mental health condition daily. Narrated by Dr. Joseph Calabrese, professor of psychiatry at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, he gives viewers a better understanding of the complexity of the illness, from diagnosis to treatment to recovery.

“By introducing real people living with bipolar disorder and showing that they can live happy, productive lives with treatment and support, we believe this film will encourage those who are struggling to seek help.” — AFSP Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Christine Moutier

After watching the film, viewers will understand that bipolar disorder is a treatable illness that can affect anyone—it starts at a young age often with depression; it is frequently comorbid with generalized anxiety disorder and alcohol or substance abuse; it is commonly misdiagnosed; achieving and maintaining wellness is a difficult but attainable goal for most patients; and the best way to prevent suicide is to recognize and treat the illness(es).

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