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"Black Box" on ABC--a show about Bipolar and unusual neuroscience

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I know this isn't the best place to introduce this show, but it's the only place I could think of that would reach the intended audience en masse. 

 

ABC's "Black Box" is a TV show that centers on a character that suffers from BP1 with psychotic features (auditory hallucinations). It's very interesting and discusses very rare and unusual mental health and neurological health issues. I have found it to be very educational as well as entertaining. It's like a combination of "Perception" and "House M.D.". From what I have seen of Dr. Black's hallucinations and everyday troubles dealing with Bipolar Disorder (including going on and off her numerous meds), the show seems to accurately depict mental illness (as far as BP is concerned, because that's the only thing that I know about--I can't speak for others with the disorders and illnesses the show has covered so far). 

If you have seen the show and want a place to talk about it, you can come visit this community on LiveJournal. If you don't have a LiveJournal blog, it's free and easy to register, and you can remain completely anonymous if you wish. I'm a member and really want to talk about this show with other people in a more appropriate place!

 

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http://blackbox-abc.livejournal.com

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I'm moving this to "Whatever." You can put a link in your signature if it is your blog.

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yeah- uh, i dont think that the show is realistic at all. in my experience, and in the experience of those that i know, missing one dose of meds does not send us into a manic spiral. nor does one dose of meds reverse the manic episode

 

furthermore, the main character has a terribly negative image of herself as a person with a mental illness. she sees herself as damaged, as bad. she does not equate mental illness on the same level as diabetes or any other illness. - this last taken directly from the show. These attitudes, not only supposedly coming not only from a member of the mi community, but from a physician, fictional or not, is disgusting.

 

Like the show if you will, but do not hold it up as a positive example of mental illness in the media. its not

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I am watching it purely for the entertainment value.  It is in many ways a sexy soap opera.  Labels is right - she misses a dose of lithium and is totally manic and hyper sexual.  But they need drama on every episode.  There is not a long arc for the conflict.  Some shows sustain drama and have a long arc over a season such as The Wire.  This is more of a single episode show.  You could miss two weeks and be just fine understanding the plt.  There is a lot of sex on the show.  nakedness

 

I did think the character made it very clear that Bipolar is a physical, medical illness.  She chewed out some other doctors who said things about a BP patient.  In the portrayal of her illness some things are realistic and some things are exaggerated for the purposes of the plot.

 

I think this is a show for people who enjoy medical dramas such as Grey's Anatomy, Private Practices, and ER.  It is a soap opera with a sexy mentally ill protagonist.  Her red hair is great.  The one thing not happening to her is the meds aren't making her fat.  lol lol  or tired

 

The bipolar CIA agent played by Clair Danes in Homeland is a much more nuanced and realistic portrayal.  And it is written differently.  She slow built up to her manic episode over many episodes.

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