‘Of Two Minds’: CPNP’s Take on Bipolar Disorder
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 22:09
Over five million Americans suffer from some form of bipolar disorder, and of course, a portion of those Americans are college students or graduate students. UConn’s newly founded chapter of CPNP (College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists) showcased the documentary “Of Two Minds” to bring attention to the struggle of those suffering from bipolar disorder.
“Of Two Minds” is a documentary that focuses closely on four individuals that suffer with bipolar disorder or manic depression. A panel was presented before the viewing of the film that included Thomas Burr, Communications Manager for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Connecticut, Dr. Charles Caley, Perry Mandanis, M.D. and the co-director and writer of “Of Two Minds,” Lisa Klein.
“Of Two Minds” focused in on the lives of Cheri, Carlton, Liz and Petey, who all suffer from a form of bipolar but cope with it in different ways. Cheri aims for recovery and while she is dating Petey, they have separate views on how to deal with the illness. As Cheri took her prescribed medication, Petey refused to fill his own, resulting in his constant need to occupy his time with other projects rather than embracing his illness. Carlton turned to art to cope with his bipolar. Liz was thrown into bipolar disorder by her traumatic experiences but was told that her illness is a genetic trait that she got from her mother. In addition to these four stories that are told, an unfortunate segment on another person, Miya showed that not every story of bipolar disorder ends happily, or even just in a constant battle.
Klein explained that the reason why she focused on the topic was due to her sister’s battle with bipolar disorder. She wanted to express a more “personal journey” depicting the complexities that accompany living with bipolar disorder. The film’s message focuses on how bipolar disorder does not define a person and by including the families of the ill, she wanted to get everyone’s story. Burr added his story of his son who suffers from bipolar and how NAMI helps bring others together for support. He highlighted that having bipolar is separated into three different categories: some go through recovery or are in search of recovering, others “suffer their entire lives on the rollercoaster,” and the others commit suicide.
Mandanis informed the audience about the separate cases of bipolar and how many in college suffer with the disorder. He provides his services to students through Counseling & Mental Health Services on our campus. Dr. Caley brought up topics of discussion within bipolar disorder and mental illness.
To learn more about the film, visit: www.oftwomindsmovie.com