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From The CriticsReviewer: Michelle Field-Chez, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a videotape that educates patients and their loved ones about bipolar disorder type I.
Purpose: The purpose of this film is to educate patients and their families about the disease. Bipolar disorder is covered from many different angles. Diagnosis, treatment, and lifestyle modifications that are needed in order to successfully live with this chronic disease are just some of the topics covered. The objective is worthy, and this product meets its goal.
Audience: The audience includes patients with the disease, their families, and their friends. The video could also be useful for nonprofessionals working with these patients. The authors appear to be credible authorities.
Features: The video covers diagnosis, treatment, lifestyle challenges, lifestyle changes patients would find helpful, warning signs of relapse, medications, medication side effects, counseling choices, and the importance of managing the disease with the help of family and friends. The shortcoming is that it only covers patients dealing with bipolar disorder type I, not those with bipolar disorder type II. The latter patients may not be able to relate to the patients in the video and their stories.
Assessment: This is an excellent video. The information is terrific for bipolar disorder type I patients and those who love them. Six individuals with differing ages and backgrounds present their stories, covering various topics. These stories will provide hope to those who are struggling to live with this chronic disorder. A psychiatrist also interjects his professional opinion during the tape, which reinforces the patients' stories. I would recommend this videotape to any of my patients with this diagnosis, in order to help them understand their disease and find ways to care for themselves. Hopefully, patients will feel less isolated with their diagnosis and having to deal with this chronic disorder when they see there are others who also share this disease and live successfully with it.