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There are approximately 5.7 million people in the United States with bipolar disorder. In an attempt to eliminate the mystery and misinformation surrounding the illness, many throughout the country diagnosed with this condition were interviewed extensively. Shot in a style influenced by the support group format, they diligently explain the struggle to balance themselves between floating to a state of euphoria and sinking to a devastating depression.
In short, “Up/Down” is a personal analysis of bipolar disorder from those living with it; words of advice and wisdom to help others navigate their diagnosis.
Looking for something with a more scientific or clinical angle? Try a textbook.
“Bipolar disorder is just one of many mental illnesses that is still highly stigmatized in our culture today, and ‘Up/Down’ could certainly be instrumental in changing that fact.”
-Microfilmmaker Magazine, Issue 65
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Star Award, 2011 Indie Gathering
Merit Award, 2011 Accolade Competition
Art Exhibition Award, 2011 Love Unlimited Film Festival
Nominated for Best Feature Documentary, 2011 Los Angeles Reel Film Festival
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Copyright Arpi-Revo Productions 2011
How Do You Recognize When You May Be Suffering From Depression?
The diagnosis of depression is a common occurrence today. But not all cultures have the same understanding of depression. In China, for example, emotional depression is typically denied, though this attitude has changed a bit since the early 1980s. Many Western cultures elevate some expressions of distress to the status of a disorder. Some, like Australian psychologist Gordon Parker and Hungarian-American psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, argue that the very notion of depression demonizes a state of being.
Fortunately, treatment for depression is generally highly effective. Eighty to nine percent of individuals with depression respond to treatment, and nearly all gain relief from symptoms. In order to ensure a diagnosis of depression, a health professional will perform a complete diagnostic evaluation, including an interview and a physical examination. Blood tests can be ordered if medical problems are suspected, as reversing these illnesses can often alleviate depressive symptoms. The health professional will also discuss specific symptoms and examine the patient’s medical history, environmental and cultural factors.
In addition to emotional symptoms, depressed mood is a common symptom of the disease. People suffering from depression often experience tiredness, guilt, and worthlessness throughout the day. They also may lose interest in things they used to enjoy and become inactive. Moreover, they may have trouble concentrating and remembering details, and their appetite and speech may also be affected. They may even lose weight. And they may experience difficulty sleeping. But even though the causes of depression are still unknown, the symptoms can be easily identified.
A person may experience feelings of sadness, loneliness, or fear following a stressful event. These emotions are normal reactions to life’s stressors, and most people experience some degree of low mood at various times. However, depression can be more severe and persist for long periods of time than grief. It is important to know the difference between depression and grief in order to avoid the debilitating effects it can have on your life. So, how do you recognize when you may be suffering from depression?
Early treatment is critical. If the symptoms of depression are not treated, they may return. But luckily, it is possible to cure depression. Earlier treatment is always better than late, which will reduce the likelihood of recurrence of the symptoms. Psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and medication are effective for treatment. And the good news is that the majority of people who suffer from depression are very susceptible to the disease, and the sooner you treat it, the better.
Symptoms of depression include irritability, fatigue, poor performance in school, and feeling misunderstood by others. If you suspect that your child is suffering from depression, he or she may refuse to attend school, hide from people, and even engage in self-harming behaviors. If you suspect this might be the case, call 911 or consult a mental health professional immediately. There are many ways to recognize depression, but there are some signs you can look for to tell if you’re noticing any of these signs.