Living with Bipolar Disorder

2009-05-27 00:00

MEDIHELP medical scheme launched the DVD Living with Bipolar Disorder as the first in its “Living with” series during the same week as Bipolar Awareness Day yesterday.

Living with Bipolar Disorder is a documentary about a young film director, 27-year-old Simon Barnard, son of the well-known filmmaker Katinka Heyns, and his affliction with Bipolar Disorder.

The “Living with” series tells the real-life stories of people who are presented with the challenges of living with conditions most of us find difficult to understand.

Viewers get an intimate glimpse of their lives and profound insight into what they deal with on a daily basis, illustrating the courage that is needed to not be defined by a diagnosis.

Experts provide best practice solutions, clinical insight into the person’s experiences and behaviour, and the regime of medicine and therapy required for a successful outcome.

The DVDs have been structured in a way which will allow them to be used effectively in support groups and by educators.

Since the series is based on real-life stories, students are given both a clinical and very human perspective on the disorders, the emotions and experiences of the patients and their families, as well as the treatment of these conditions.

Every DVD includes a guide containing more information on the particular mental illness.

Other programmes in the series include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Down’s Syndrome.

All the DVDs in the series will be released during the course of the year.

Living with Bipolar Disorder will be on sale in Look & Listen stores on June 1 at R189.

Please visit Medihelp’s website at for more information on other options for ordering a copy of the DVD.

Medihelp members will be able to purchase the DVD at a discounted rate if they order it on Medihelp’s website.

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