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Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (2006)

Stephen Fry presents this documentary exploring the disease of manic depression; a little understood but potentially devastating condition affecting an estimated two percent of the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Stephen Fry ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Behrman Andy Behrman ... Self
Jo Brand ... Self
Jo Crocker Jo Crocker ... Self
Richard Dreyfuss ... Self
Carrie Fisher ... Self
Griff Rhys Jones ... Self
Tony Slattery ... Self
Rick Stein ... Self
Robbie Williams ... Self


Stephen Fry presents this documentary exploring the disease of manic depression; a little understood but potentially devastating condition affecting an estimated two percent of the population. Stephen embarks on an emotional journey to meet fellow sufferers, and discuss the literal highs and lows of being bi-polar. Celebrities such as Carrie Fisher and Richard Dreyfuss invite the comedian into their home to relate their stories. Plus Stephen looks into the lives of ordinary people trying to deal with the illness at work and home, and of course to the people studying manic depression in an effort to better control it. A fascinating, moving and ultimately very entertaining Emmy Award-winning program. Written by Watch_Movies

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A must-see for all bipolar sufferers around the globe!

Stephen Fry is a multi-talented British writer, actor, screenwriter, producer, whose battle with the bipolar disorder, or manic-depression as it is alternatively known, is depicted in this great educational documentary that will appeal to both the -many- person who fight the disease day by day and all those who wish to learn a bit more about this infamous condition. Fry travels around the world and interviews some of the most famous sufferers like Robbie Williams and Carrie Fisher as well as a variety of simple people whose life was turned upside down after they were diagnosed with the disease. The interviews are interjected in Fry's narration of his own personal story that is truly engaging and the bipolar patients can immediately identify with the narrator as they recognize the symptoms of extreme depression and ecstatic manic episodes that always end in a disaster. There is also a number of interviews with psychiatrists who explain the nature of the disease and talk about the effectiveness of certain medications such as lithium and ECT or more modern medicines that are used in order to stabilize the patient's mood. The viewer has a lot to gain by this fabulous personal account of a man's struggle with bipolarity and fans of Stephen Fry's overall work will certainly discover a new side to the famous, gifted Englishman. I recommend it with all my heart to everybody, but even more to the numerous bipolar endurers around the world.

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Release Date:

19 September 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Безумная депрессия со Стивеном Фраем See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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