I dreamt there was a forum for mental health and the media but it was only a dream so I am putting this here.
The film was written and directed by the loving daughter of a stay-at-home dad struggling with bipolar in the 70s. In my opinion it manages to be pro-diversity and neither romanticises nor demonizes mental illness. It doesn't really show the depression side of bipolar, but considering it is the memoir of one child in particular (and has that feel to it all the way through) I'm not sure it needs to. There's a really good review of it in Psychology today https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/me-we/201506/infinitely-polar-bear-rare-portrayal-bipolar-disorder
I'd be interested to hear what people here thought of it.
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Just started watching a new TV series called The Black Box about a bipolar world-renowned female neurologist (referred to as the Marco Polo of the brain). She is non-compliant with her medications and other than her psychiatrist and her brother, no one knows she is bipolar, including her boyfriend of one year.
Thought I'd mention it in case anyone's interested. I'm curious to see what anyone else thinks of it.
Blurb from tv listings about a new show:
"Dr. Catherine Black reveals to her therapist Dr. Hartramph that she's feeling empowered, unstoppable and at the top of her game. This world-renowned neurologist has a secret that is becoming more and more difficult to control: she's bi-polar."
I missed the pilot tonight; did anyone watch? What did you think?
By Washington Park Commons
As some of you have noticed, I am the mistress of Google-Fu. As it happens, I am a mutant, and Google-Fu is my special power. You see, just as Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, I was infected by a toxic dad who thought women were naturally stupid. His assertion led me to find proofs to refute his position. With the coming of the Internet my powers grew exponentially until I became a veritable ninja of tracking down amazing information.
Since I am more like Wolverine and choose to use my powers for good, instead of being like Magneto and using my powers for evil, I have decided to share the fruits of my mystical powers with everyone. If you too are an X-Person of Google-ific proportions (or just have something you would like to share), please feel free to add to the thread and to spread word of its mighty power. Because the internet is so vast and there are so many distractions, it's easy to not be aware of how many free bits and pieces of info and knowledge are out there. Since may of us are afflicted with illnesses that make it difficult for us to spend a great deal of time around people, maybe it's best we compile a library o'stuff here for everyone, nu? Think of if this as a library for the clinically nuts.
Today's topic: Free books and movies.
Project Gutenberg has free out-of-copyright books in numerous languages on every subject imaginable. You can even download the books to your computer, smartphone or tablet. http://www.gutenberg.org
This is a list of every free book available on Amazon. Yes, Amazon has free books. No, I'm not joking. You can even download a commuter version of the Kindle Reader.
Would you like to watch classic and not-so classic movies, but you can't afford Netflix or Hulu? Then click here.
Don't be turned off by black and white film. This site will provide you with a great education in them. Maybe you'll even fall in love with movies like White Zombie and The Big Combo.
Now you can finally see Plan 9 From Outer Space or Last Man on Earth. You're welcome.