Abstract: "Portrayals of mental illness in the movies are rare and realistic portrayals rarer still. Bipolar disorder (aka manic depression) affects approximately 1% of the population over the course of the average lifetime but there are only a handful of films which explicitly deal with it. Silver Linings Playbook is noteworthy as an award winning major film which charts the recovery from an episode of a psychotic illness and provides a message of hope. Join us to discuss how bipolar disorder affects those who suffer from it, how it is portrayed in contemporary culture and how it is best managed."
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