FIVE in every 100 Filipinos are suffering from some form of depression, say mental health experts. Of them, a huge number have what doctors call “bipolar disorder” or “manic-depressive illness” — swinging from depression to euphoria, unable to function normally, and in real danger of hurting themselves and others.
Sadly, experts say, many of those with bipolar illness are left undiagnosed and, consequently, untreated. Equally unfortunate, we refuse to talk about the disease; the stigma persists. But the illness can be managed and a bipolar person can still lead a normal, productive life — especially if diagnosed early.
In this podcast, a daughter speaks about her mother, whose life, she says, has been diminished by the cruelty of her bipolar disorder.
Language: English and Filipino
Part 1. Ruby recalls scenes from her childhood, as her mother’s manic-depressive illness begins to cause feelings of hurt and betrayal among her children. “It’s like seeing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
File size: 18.8MB
Part 2. While the illness does not go away, Ruby says, the symptoms get less intense. Here she also talks about her father, the one, she says, who is most consistently loving and kind to her mother.
File size: 19.9MB
Part 3. Ruby says there is a need to understand not just the illness, and the patient — but those who care for them, their families and loved ones — as they, too, suffer.
File size: 14.8MB