Four Lives: Portraits
in Manic Depression
This video sensitively portrays the predicament of those who suffer
from this brain disorder which causes erratic mood swings in nearly
three million Americans. If untreated, one in six may commit suicide.
This film intimately profiles four persons who are being treated for
this disease, and we get a rare glimpse into the lives of these patients
and their families, as well as the psychiatrists who treat them. Scenes
at a support group emphasize the beneficial effect of human understanding.