Bipolar Interview

The individual I wish to interview would prefer to have their name kept from the record, and wishes their interview to be audio only. This individual has been diagnosed with Bipolar II, a less severe form of the disorder that often has more depressive spells than episodes of  mania.

Bipolar Interview Questions

  1. How old were you when the symptoms began?
  2. How old were you when diagnosed with bipolar disorder?
  3. How often did you deal with depressive episodes (that you recognized) prior to diagnosis?
  4. Did have you been on antidepressants in the past? How did they affect you?
  5. Has anyone in your family with episodes of mania?
  6. Do you have a history of attempted suicide?
  7. Do you or have you thought about abusing substances as a means of coping with the disorder?
  8. How often, on average, does your mood cycle between mania and depression?
  9. Does you mood naturally slide more often towards one or the other?
  10. There are many difficulties in diagnosing this disorder and getting medications adjusted to the proper level. Setbacks and all, would you say you have noticed an improvement since treatment began?

Eyes of Madness Voice Over and Script

In the Eyes of Madness is a documentary that strives for an honest look into the life of an individual with a mental illness and how it affects them.

What most people have trouble realizing is that someone with a mental illness is still a person. A mentally ill person may have different hardships than you, with different ways to handle them, but at their core they are just another person living life as best as they can. I hope this project will break through some of that all encompassing stigma, especially that surrounding therapy and medication, so people without these particular hardships can better understand, and so someone who needs help is more comfortable in getting the help they need.

As someone whose daily life is affected by Bipolar Disorder, I have my own experiences to bring to the table. This documentary aims to give people the potential to understand loved ones a little bit better and at the very least, gives them a view into mental illness, unburdened by society’s baggage along with Hollywood’s misleading and harmful stereotypes. In the end, if this video helps even one person, whether that is to gain a new understanding or the courage to make that first step in getting help, I would consider it a resounding success.

 

The music used is “Young Love” by BoxCat Games, available for use under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Eyes of Madness: Music

For this project, I would like the music to be low key, preferably all instrumental. The lyrics will be soft if all instrumental if possible. The reasoning for this choice is as follows: given the short time frame and more focused needs required of the project, there will not be enough time to include music fitting each of the potential disorders covered. Because of this, I am shooting for music that is both engaging and relaxing.

Below are some examples that inspired this reasoning.

Instrumental:

Beyond the Veil by Lindsey Stirling

Low-Key Lyrics:

Friendship to Last by Two Steps From Hell

False King by Two Steps From Hell

Crossed Wiring: Sleep Problems

Here we are back at Crossed Wiring. We are once again looking at overlapping symptoms between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  This time we will be discussing sleep issues, whether it is tossing and turning, nightmares, or insomnia.

In my case, my sleep troubles consist of all three in intermittent phases. I try to use mine productively and weave them into source material for my stories, rather than chalk it up to time wasted.. Here is one such character, recreated as best I could manage after the cloth of dreams began to unravel.

Works Cited

“Bipolar Disorder.” Symptoms. Web. 9 Feb. 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20027544>.

“Schizophrenia.” Symptoms. Web. 9 Feb. 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/schizophrenia/basics/symptoms/con-20021077>.

Crossed Wiring: Hallucinations

Some mental illnesses have symptoms that overlap with another disorder, which makes them much more tricky to accurately diagnose. In today’s example we will be looking at an overlapping symptom of bipolar and schizophrenic patients. While the symptom of hallucinations, that is seeing or hearing things that are not there, is well known enough in schizophrenic patients as to be stereotyped by Hollywood. Less known, however, is the tendency for bipolar patients in the grip of either intense mania or depression to succumb to bouts of psychosis. Psychosis encompasses hallucinations as well as delusions, strongly held but false beliefs.

Hallucinations, both auditory and visual, can range from the innocuous, such as hearing faint whispering just around the next corner, to ominous and otherworldly sounds. Below is an example of one such sound that I have heard while in this state, recreated to the best of my ability.

Crossed Wiring: Hallucinations

“Bipolar Disorder.” Symptoms. Web. 9 Feb. 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20027544>.

“Schizophrenia.” Symptoms. Web. 9 Feb. 2015. <http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/schizophrenia/basics/symptoms/con-20021077>.