I've just seen this week Mr. Fry's documentary about Bi-polar disorder. Congratulations to both you and BBC2. I think it was clear ,informative, and sensitive and yet not overdramatic.
For years I've suspected that a relative of mine has this problem, although not so extreme He isn't fond of doctors or medication, so he really isn't getting treatment except for depression , which coincides during winter and gets manic again in spring-summer. Not really solving the problem, is it?
My point is, I wish he and others would accept this as a problem with a solution and accept to be diagnosed and treated. Many illnesses can't be treated or cured ,so I think these people needlessly hurt themselves and others around them. How would you feel if someone you loved had a very dangerous high blood pressure and they refused to take medication or change thier diet and lifestyle in any possible way?
Please Mr. Fry and others, do accept to be diagnosed and find the right type and amount of medication that suits you. Not all heart conditions get the same type or amount of medication. Some need a little and others a lot. I don't think having medication will make you zombies just because you aren't in a manic period.
Do "healthy" people missout on manic periods? I don't think so; I think we have them in shorter periods of time. During a few hours at a party, or over a few days ( 2-3 when you're working against a deadline or on a project you're enthusiastic about).
Please take care of yourself Mr. Fry