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From The Fanlight Collection
Four Lives: A Portrait of Manic Depression
Directed by Jonathan David
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In this documentary, four patients and their families and psychiatrists share their perspectives on living with manic depression, an illness which affects nearly three million Americans. When depressed, these patients have exaggerated feelings of hopelessness, sadness and anxiety. When manic, they experience extreme feelings of ambition and self-confidence. If the high escalates they may become dangerously extravagant, incessantly talking and socially uninhibited.

If untreated, one in six may commit suicide. Though the illness can recur throughout a patient's life, effective treatments are now available, and the film explores both medical and psychotherapeutic approaches, as well as the more controversial electroconvulsive shock therapy (ECT). Those battling mental illness will take comfort in the struggles of these courageous people to achieve control over their disorder and their lives. Broadcast on national public television

"A beautiful, sensitive and rare film on the impact of manic depressive disorder in the lives of patients and their families. Speaks well to every audience: patient, public, and professional. An inspiration."—Janice A. Egeland, PhD, Director, The Amish Study

Silver Apple, National Educational Film Festival
Cum Laude, Midikinale Parma
Columbus International Film Festival
National Council on Family Relations
American Psychological Association

56 minutes / Color
Release: 1987
Copyright: 1987

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Subject areas:
Brain Disorders, Depression & Manic Depression, Disabilities, Fanlight Collection, Mental Illness, Psychology, Social Work

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