Bipolar Rock ‘N’ Roller (2018)

Introduction

A raw and revealing documentary chronicling the prolific combat-sports broadcaster Mauro Ranallo and his lifelong battle with mental illness.

Outline

Mauro Ranallo has called some of the biggest combat sports events in history – all while fighting his own mental health battle. Follow his journey in this unflinching account of his struggle to confront the stigma of Bipolar Disorder.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Haris Usanovic.
  • Producer(s):
    • Ashley Ayaz … line producer.
    • Brian Dailey … producer.
    • Stephen Espinoza … executive producer.
    • Dan Fried … executive producer.
    • Louis Krubich … executive producer.
    • Haris Usanovic … producer.
  • Writer(s): Mitchell Hooper and Haris Usanovic.
  • Music:
  • Cinematography: Mark Cambria, Mitchell Hooper, and Haris Usanovic.
  • Editor(s): Mark Cambria.
  • Production: Showtime Sports.
  • Distributor(s): Showtime Networks.
  • Release Date: 25 May 2018.
  • Running Time: 70 minutes.
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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Book: Bipolar Disorder – WPA Series Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry

Book Title:

Bipolar Disorder – WPA Series Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry: Volume 05.

Author(s): Mario Maj, Hagop S. Akiskal, Juan Jose Lopez-Ibor, and Norman Sartorius.

Year: 2002.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Wiley.

Type(s): Hardcover and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder involving episodes of serious mania and depression and affects approximately one to three percent of the population.

Mario Maj provides an overview of recent research progress on the condition.

A Bipolar Expedition (2010)

Introduction

Midland’s businessman Paul Downes hires a castle in Jamaica and invites 12 young Ukrainian women to join him in the hope one will marry him. Paul suffers bi-polar disorder and has a manic episode – his plans turn bizarre and troubling.

Outline

Midland’s businessman Paul Downes hires a castle in Jamaica and invites 12 young Ukrainian women to join him in the hope one will marry him. Unfortunately Paul suffers bi-polar disorder and has a manic episode for most of the two week holiday. He quickly loses interest in the women and what at first looked like a distorted reality TV show transforms into a bizarre spin on James Bond as Paul plots to take over the world.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Mark James.
  • Producer(s): martin Herring and Mike Lerner.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music: Amlak Tafari.
  • Cinematography: Mark James.
  • Editor(s): Mark James.
  • Production: Roast Beef Productions and Widestream Films.
  • Distributor(s): TVF International.
  • Release Date: 25 may 2010.
  • Running Time: 65 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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Is There an Association between Cardiovasular Disease & Executive Function in Those with Bipolar Disorder?

Research Paper Title

Cumulative Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Triglycerides Differentially Relate to Subdomains of Executive Function in Bipolar Disorder; preliminary findings.

Background

Cardiovascular disease is disproportionally prevalent in bipolar disorder (BD) and has been linked to cognition in preliminary studies. The researchers evaluate the association between known risk factors for cardiovascular disease and executive function in BD patients compared to healthy controls.

Methods

In a sample of n=57 individuals (n=23 BD, n=34 controls) they assessed two subdomains of executive function; cognitive flexibility (using the Trail Making Test – Part B) and cognitive inhibition (using the Stroop Colour Word Interference Task). Cardiovascular risk was assessed by means of serum triglyceride levels, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference, as well as dietary saturated fat intake and a sex-specific cumulative cardiovascular risk score calculated using the Framingham Heart Study method.

Results

Patients with BD had higher BMI and waist circumference, with more BD patients categorised as having central obesity than controls. In the BD group only, higher triglyceride levels were associated with worse cognitive flexibility, and elevated cumulative cardiovascular disease risk was associated with worse cognitive inhibition. No correlations between cardiovascular risk factors and executive function were evident in the control group.

The study was limited by the small sample size and should be considered hypothesis-generating.

Conclusions

The associations between triglyceride levels, cumulative cardiovascular disease risk and executive functioning evident in BD in this study preliminarily indicate the potential for mechanistic overlap of physical health and cognitive function in the disorder.

Reference

Van Rheenen, T.E., McIntyre, R.S., Balanza-Martinez, V., Berk, M. & Rossell, S.L. (2020) Cumulative Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Triglycerides Differentially Relate to Subdomains of Executive Function in Bipolar Disorder; preliminary findings. Journal of Affective Disorders. 278, pp.556-562. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.09.104. Online ahead of print.

Research: Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder: A Review

Research Paper Title:

Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder: A Review.

Author(s): Conor Farren, Kevin P. Hall, and Roger D. Weiss.

Year: 2012.

Journal: Current Psychiatry Reports.

DOI: 10.1007/s11920-012-0320-9.

Abstract:

Bipolar disorder and alcohol use disorder represent a significant comorbid population, which is significantly worse than either diagnosis alone in presentation, duration, co-morbidity, cost, suicide rate, and poor response to treatment.

They share some common characteristics in relation to genetic background, neuroimaging findings, and some biochemical findings.

They can be treated with separate care, or ideally some form of integrated care.

There are a number of pharmacotherapy trials, and psychotherapy trials that can aid program development.

Post-treatment prognosis can be influenced by a number of factors including early abstinence, baseline low anxiety, engagement with an aftercare programme and female gender.

The future development of novel therapies relies upon increased psychiatric and medical awareness of the co-morbidity, and further research into novel therapies for the comorbid group.

You can download a copy of the full paper here.

Book: Integrated Group Therapy for Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Book Title:

Integrated Group Therapy for Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse.

Author(s): Roger D. Weiss and Hilary S. Connery.

Year: 2011.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Guildford Press.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Packed with practical clinical tools, this book presents an empirically supported treatment expressly designed for clients with both bipolar disorder and substance use disorders. Integrated group therapy teaches essential recovery behaviours and relapse prevention skills that apply to both illnesses.

The volume provides a complete session-by-session overview of the approach, including clear guidelines for setting up and running groups, implementing the cognitive-behavioral treatment techniques, and troubleshooting frequently encountered problems.

In a large-size format for easy reference and photocopying, the book features more than 30 reproducible handouts, forms, and bulletin board materials.

Book: Out of My Mind

Book Title:

Out of My Mind: A Psychologist’s Descent into Madness and Back.

Author(s): Shalom Camenietzki.

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: University of Regina Press.

Type(s): Hardcover and Kindle.

Synopsis:

On paper, psychologist Dr. Shalom Camenietzski seemed to have it all – a beautiful family, a thriving practice, and supportive friends and colleagues.

But in reality, he lived a life of turmoil – obsessive daydreams of taking his life, flamboyant periods of mania, disturbing acts of violence against his wife and son, and various episodes of psychosis, one of which would see him speeding his car the wrong way up Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway.

Able to understand the clinical profile of his bipolar disorder, he was nonetheless powerless to stop it.

A fascinating account of a “”mentally disordered healer,”” Out of My Mind reveals the strengths and fallibilities of traditional psychotherapies and shows how Dr. Camenietzki finally obtained a symptom-free life.

Book: When Someone You Know Has Depression

Book Title:

When Someone You Know Has Depression – Words to Say and Things to Do.

Author(s): Susan J Noonan M.D. MPH.

Year: 2016.

Edition: First (1ed).

Publisher: John Hopkins University Press (JHUP).

Type(s): Paperback, Audiobook, and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder can be devastating to the person who has the disorder and to his or her family. Depression and bipolar disorder affect every aspect of how a person functions, including their thoughts, feelings, actions, and relationships with other people. Family members and close friends are often the first to recognise the subtle changes and symptoms of depression. They are also the ones who provide daily support to their relative or friend, often at great personal cost. They need to know what to say or do to cope with the person’s impaired thinking and fluctuating moods.

In When Someone You Know Has Depression, Dr. Susan J. Noonan draws on first-hand experience of the illness and evidence-based medical information. As a physician she has treated, supported, and educated those living with – and those caring for – a person who has a mood disorder. She also has lived through the depths of her own mood disorder. Here, she has written a concise and practical guide to caring fevor someone who has depression or bipolar disorder. This compassionate book offers specific suggestions for what to say, how to encourage, and how to act around a loved one – as well as when to back off.

Dr Noonan describes effective communication strategies to use during episodes of depression and offers essential advice for finding appropriate professional help. She also explains how to reinforce progress made in therapy, how to model resilience skills, and how caregivers can and must care for themselves. Featuring tables and worksheets that convey information in an accessible way, as well as references, resources, and a glossary, this companion volume to Dr. Noonan’s patient-oriented Managing Your Depression is an invaluable handbook for readers navigating and working to improve the depression of someone close to them.

I Know This Much Is True (2020): S01E06

Introduction

I Know This Much Is True is an American television miniseries written and directed by Derek Cianfrance based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Wally Lamb.

Mark Ruffalo stars in two roles, identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey.

Outline

A lifetime of animosity between Dominick and Ray spills over in public at an inopportune time.

After an unexpected tragedy, Dominick seeks reconciliation with those he has hurt.

I Know This Much Is True Series

You can find a full index of I Know This Much Is True here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s): Mark Ruffalo and Marcello Fonte.
  • Director(s): Derek Cianfrance.
  • Producer(s): Wally Lamb, Anya Epstein, Ben Browning, Glen Basner, Lynette Howell, Taylor, Gregg Fienberg, Mark Ruffalo, Derek Cianfrance, and Jeffrey T. Bernstein.
  • Writer(s): Derek Cianfrance and Anya Epstein.
  • Music: Harold Budd.
  • Cinematography: Jody Lee Lipes.
  • Editor(s): Ron Patane, Jim Helton, Malcolm Jamieson, Dean Palisch, and Nico Leunen.
  • Production: Willi Hill and FilmNation Entertainment.
  • Distributor(s): HBO.
  • Release Date: 14 June 2020.
  • Running Time: 59-80 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

I Know This Much Is True (2020): S01E05

Introduction

I Know This Much Is True is an American television miniseries written and directed by Derek Cianfrance based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Wally Lamb.

Mark Ruffalo stars in two roles, identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey.

Outline

Upon learning details of his Sicilian grandfather’s arrival in the 1900s Dominick, becomes convinced his family is cursed.

A startling update on Thomas from an unlikely source prompts Dominick to take drastic action.

I Know This Much Is True Series

You can find a full index of I Know This Much Is True here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s): Mark Ruffalo and Marcello Fonte.
  • Director(s): Derek Cianfrance.
  • Producer(s): Wally Lamb, Anya Epstein, Ben Browning, Glen Basner, Lynette Howell, Taylor, Gregg Fienberg, Mark Ruffalo, Derek Cianfrance, and Jeffrey T. Bernstein.
  • Writer(s): Derek Cianfrance and Anya Epstein.
  • Music: Harold Budd.
  • Cinematography: Jody Lee Lipes.
  • Editor(s): Ron Patane, Jim Helton, Malcolm Jamieson, Dean Palisch, and Nico Leunen.
  • Production: Willi Hill and FilmNation Entertainment.
  • Distributor(s): HBO.
  • Release Date: 07 June 2020.
  • Running Time: 59-80 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.