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The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive [Sep. 26th, 2006|10:30 pm]
Douglas Spencer

Well, this documentary, broadcast in two parts on September 19th and 26th, was excellent. I've recognised behaviours from my grandfather, from my father, from two of my brothers... and from me as well.

Yesterday I was talking to watervole about the recent series of Doctor Who, wherein Sarah Jane Smith says "yes, some things are worth getting your heart broken for", and Reinette says "one may tolerate a world of demons for the sake of an angel. [...] The Doctor is worth the monsters".

And today Stephen Fry -- who has been positing a button which, when pressed, would remove all the symptoms of manic depression -- says "no, I wouldn't press the button."

Neither would I.

[User Picture]From: hddod
2006-09-26 09:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen any of this. I don't suppose you taped it?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-09-26 10:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't. I tend not to, since I have a long history of failing to watch things I've put on tape for later, so I gave up taping things.

I wasn't paying very close attention last week, because I was nursing an Exchange server while the programme was on, but I was able to watch tonight's half properly.

I know alexmc was interested in recording it (or finding someone else who had) -- see his comments here -- so I'll ask him when I see him, and he may have got a recording.
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[User Picture]From: makyo
2006-09-26 10:33 pm (UTC)
I have an avi copy of the first episode and should soon have a copy of the second. I could probably chuck them on a dvd for you if you like.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-09-27 06:22 am (UTC)
A copy of that to either poppy or myself would be welcome, yes please. Either on disk or as a link for download.
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[User Picture]From: julesjones
2006-09-27 06:27 am (UTC)
If there is a DVD floating about I would appreciate a copy at some point -- possibly to watervole to watch with her the next time I pass through sunny England.
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[User Picture]From: watervole
2006-09-27 09:12 am (UTC)
Seconded. It's very much something I'd like to watch too.
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[User Picture]From: makyo
2006-09-26 10:16 pm (UTC)
I thought it was extremely good - a very informative, well-constructed and sympathetic analysis of a much-misunderstood condition. I can't say from personal experience how accurate the discussion of mania was, but the descriptions of depressive episodes sounded decidedly familiar.
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[User Picture]From: elfy
2006-09-26 11:26 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Douglas :)
Hope you'll have a wonderful day!
To bad I'm not already in London, then I'd join you ;)
But well, I guess we'll have time to meet in the next weeks.
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[User Picture]From: anony_moos
2006-09-27 07:10 am (UTC)
I missed that documentary last week but I saw it last night and I thought it was really good. I think it was really brave of Fry to do something like that and be so open and honest about it all. I remember when he went missing, and then he came back and it's not really been discussed much since.

I thought it was interesting when he spoke to that lady who'd not had any problems for 15 years or something, and she was taking no medication but controlling it through diet. Having suffered from depression I find now that if I keep my diet sensible and take my vitamins my mood doesn't go too low.
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[User Picture]From: purpletigron
2006-09-27 07:22 am (UTC)
Good birthday thoughts.

Hmm ... I've had several people comment that my inability to find 'centre ground' and my feeling that my mood is either too high or too low most of the time might be an indication of some kind of bipolar disorder. But I've always assumed I couldn't possibly be manic depressive because I don't have classic mania. However ... apparently, there's something called 'hypomania', which is more of a 'take on the world' feeling. So now I'm wondering how to broad this with my GP without sounding like a hypochondriac...
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[User Picture]From: anony_moos
2006-09-27 04:02 pm (UTC)
ha I know what you mean. I get these phases where nothing can bring me down and I'm all happy and chirpy and laughing all the time - but I thought that was just life.

I don't get those so much any more, since I evened out my diet. Less sugar and more fruit and vege!
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[User Picture]From: purpletigron
2006-09-27 04:09 pm (UTC)
It's definitely not just ingested chemicals - e.g. sugar or alcohol. I eat a pretty good diet, and when I do OD on doughnuts, that doesn't bring it on. Now, good company, or an exciting email - that can do it :-)
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