Key Issues Covered Were:
- How is it a disorder and not acting up?
- Suggestions for handling explosive behavior
- Children can and do get bipolar disorder
Janice Papolos shared with us that "the producers of the show were the most sensitive, lovely people who really cared that the correct message got out. They put this entire show together in 7 days and didn't even go to sleep for the last two nights! The taped pieces and montages are beautifully and artfully done and there is so much sympathy shown for the children and the parents." The Papoloses themselves managed to pack a lot of excellent information into their time on the air, as did Dr. Greene, whose "three basket" approach makes enormous sense; and the interview with Danielle Steel was a heartbreaking reminder of the reasons why people with bipolar disorder must not wantonly discontinue medications.
We applaud Oprah and her staff for presenting the very real and difficult aspects of these disorders while also illustrating, with beautiful success stories, the immensely treatable nature of these conditions. We hope more such responsible television journalism will be forthcoming from other programs. Many thanks to the person who emailed to let us know that the resources from this program were again available on the internet.