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Coping with Depression: Track 1

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“You just want to step out of it, to step out of the whole race, the whole business. The monstrosity of life overwhelms you.” Following a nervous breakdown in 1995, actor and journalist Stephen Fry discovered he was suffering from bi-polar disorder – commonly known as manic depression. Symptoms of fear and sadness (often classed as ‘anxiety’ and ‘depression’ if they are diagnosed) are the most common ‘mental disorders’ in Britain that people seek counselling for. This collection of videos looks at what can happen when people are overwhelmed by such profound feelings of sadness that they can’t carry on with their everyday lives. Fry, along with Trisha Goddard and engineer Jim Brown, share their personal struggles and experiences with diagnosis and drug use, giving us a glimpse into the journeys they have taken. This material forms part of The Open University course D240 Counselling: exploring fear and sadness

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  • Duration 40 mins
  • Updated Monday 11th October 2010
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Sociology
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Track 1: Coping with Depression

Stephen Fry, Trisha Goddard and Jim Brown share their experiences with anxiety and depression.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Coping with Depression    Stephen Fry, Trisha Goddard and Jim Brown share their experiences with anxiety and depression. Play now Coping with Depression
2 Depression: diagnosis and stigma    A look at being diagnosed with a mental illness. Play now Depression: diagnosis and stigma
3 Depression and drug use    Several people share their experiences of prescribed and recreational drugs. Play now Depression and drug use

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