Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder where an individual may switch between moods, most commonly depression and mania, (which explains the other title, manic-depression disorder). During the depression suffer all of the effects of clinical depression like lack of motivation, fatigue, and dis interest. The manic state involves euphoria, sleeplessness, and hyperactivity, but can be susceptible to hallucinations.
Our culture as a whole is pretty insensitive to bipolar individuals. Many people quickly say that those with bipolar disorder are crazy or unstable. Sufferers will often blame themselves because society doesn’t understand the disorder. I had friends in high school with bipolar disorder, and they were often dismissed by teachers as under achievers or drama queens because they would go from being fine, to being to depressed to focus on schoolwork to being to hyper active to sit still in class. Many of them began to rebel because the teachers treated them as such. Some of them were diagnosed with ADHD because they were unable to focus. Because of this they were prescribed Ritalin, which actually had a negative effect on them because they didn’t actually have ADHD. One of them actually got so bad that she became suicidal and resorted to self mutilation during the bouts of depression, but no one could really tell anything was wrong because during school hours she was always very peppy. Only after one attempt was she actually sent to a psychiatrist for help. It was there that they diagnosed her with bipolar disorder. I think that if society was able to recognize the disorder better, sufferers could get better treatment faster.
My personal opinion is that belief is a strong part in healing. Drugs and doctors may help, and do a great deal of good biochemically, but I think that a positive outlook is what makes it even more effective. The film shows that positivity and belief that something is working can help in healing. Placebos are shown to help many things, depression included. There is so much that we don’t know about the human mind and its capabilities, and I truly believe that if a person sets their mind to becoming better, it can do a great deal to get better.