I came across this excellent 10 minute clip of a 45min Australian documentary called ‘Beating the Black Dog’ looking a depression. The clip tells the story of a young woman, Kate O’Connor, who is eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder following a psychotic episode. It turns out that Kate’s grandmother was also a sufferer, a situation … More Beating the Black Dog
I’ve just stumbled upon an incredibly moving and courageous TED talk by Prof. JD Schramm on suicide survivors. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on … More Breaking the Silence of Suicide Survivors
AFRAID TO LIVE A tepid existence. Dead to life and all its glories. Drowning in dread. Grappling with a contorted psyche, a mangled perception. An egregious trepidation assaults my soul, which disintegrates under the corrosiveness of untrammelled anxiety. Repelled by life, I am an emotional corpse. Too afraid to experience the vibrancy, the spontaneity, the … More Afraid to Live…
Mark James’ film, produced for the UK’s Channel 4 ‘True Stories strand’, follows Paul Downes, a successful businessman with bipolar disorder. The film centres on the protagonists quest for a wife; this he does by hiring a lavish castle in Jamaica, inviting 12 Ukrainian women to join him, all in the hope that one will … More Documentary: A Bipolar Expedition
The Tree Says Nothing? The tree says nothing. It waves gently, dancing in the breeze. Telling a story, for all who care to listen. Years of sun and rain, snow and hail, recorded in rings. Telling a story, for all who care to listen. Diurnal rhythms, season after season, leaves develop, die and … More The Tree Says Nothing?
I’ve uploaded an excellent short film produced by the Wellcome Trust which features ‘Twink’, a former photographer for The Jam, who has lived with the vagaries of bipolar disorder for more than two decades. Twink is presently a patron of MDF, The Bipolar Organisation in the UK (http://www.mdf.org.uk/). He is currently assisting Professor Nicholas Craddock from … More Finding the Genes Associated with Bipolar