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In my celebrity family tree, he’s my dad…

September 20, 2006

Manic depression. That’s rather entertaining isn’t it? Well… No, obviously. But it is very interesting (and neccessary to understand), as last night’s Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (BBC2, 9pm) demonstrated.

Stephen Fry has to be one of my favourite famous people (in my celebrity family tree, he’s my dad), so it was both heartbreaking and fascinating to watch this hugely intelligent man assess his own sanity in relation to others, and ponder the whys and wherefores of his own condition. Seeing him relive his memories of mania during his school days, his incarceration and various suicide attempts was rather shocking – who’d have thought this eloquent, witty man could ever have thought so little of himself as to go that far…

The second (and final) part is next week, where Stephen wonders whether he should be on medication for his condition, or carry on as he is (his bi-polarity, he argues, is responsible for his creativity). Do watch it.

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