Patty Duke speaks frankly about her crippling manic depression
“Patty Duke dedicated the last few years of her life to talking about what it was like to live with bipolar disorder. She was fearlessly honest and wanted others to know that they weren’t alone,” said Ed Moore, producer, director, and writer of “Ride The Tiger: A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain,” about the Oscar-winning actress who is featured in the film and who passed away March 29 at the age of 69 from complications of a ruptured intestine.
Duke is one of nearly 6 million Americans who have been diagnosed with the disorder and yet little is known about how the illness manifests itself in our brains. The film, which will air on PBS stations nationwide April 13, tells the story of highly accomplished individuals — congressmen, attorneys, pastors, authors — who have been diagnosed as bipolar.
Narrated by David Ogden Stiers (“American Experience”), co-written by National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon (“The Noonday Demon”) and directed by Moore, the documentary seeks to find out where the biological breakdowns occur and how we can possibly pre-empt, fix or rewire our brains back to recovery.
Video courtesy of Detroit Public TV, http://www.dptv.org.
For more information on the film: http://www.pbs.org/ride-the-tiger/home